Is ‘career change’ on the top of your list of goals this year?

So the New Year has arrived, and all of my clients, just like the rest of the world, are talking about goals. This year, apparently, will be different. They even have an app that will track their progress and alert them if they digress from the ‘chosen path’. Ah, the wonders of technology!

Then, of course, comes goal number one: I want to find a different job, ASAP. Now, that is a statement! ‘Wonderful’, I say, and then I ask how they will go about it (apart from the app, that is). ‘Well, I will wait and see how it goes’ is the answer I usually get. The proper coach that I am, I feed their genius answer back to them, and we have a good laugh. Then, we start to work because, really, ‘waiting to see how things go’ and ‘ASAP’ just don’t gel together very well.

This is not to say that the ‘going with the flow’ approach is wrong. Different people have different needs. If your career change is something that you are just ‘contemplating’ and you are ‘playing with the idea a bit’, then, by all means, continue playing. You are not ready for anything real yet.

On the other hand, if you want change and you want it fast, waiting and seeing ‘how things work out’ will find you welcoming 2015 in exactly the same position as you left the good year 2013. With that in mind, which steps can you take to quickly get to your goal?

1)       Get familiar with LinkedIn, pronto! Improve your profile, start searching, re-connect with everyone you can think of and start using this site instead of your ‘put-me-back-on-track app’. Keep yourself on track by being committed. Set aside a daily time slot for your interaction with LinkedIn; yes, it is that important.

2)       Start networking outside of your normal environment. Again, make it a regular part of your schedule. Look up all the suitable events and commit to participating in them. Sit down with your calendar and pencil them in. Pre-book, if needed. Do anything and everything you can to make sure you go there and participate actively. Make sure to know exactly what you are going to say and what you are trying to achieve by being there.

3)       Include everyone in your surroundings in your career search. It can still be done discreetly. The truth is, however, the more people know about your plans, the more they will be able to help you.

These three steps will kick start the process for you, but to persevere all the way towards the goal of a successful career change, hiring a coach is the best decision you can make. This process can be tricky, and many people give up along the way. To make sure you are not one of them, get in touch at