Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Barbara Babkirk is a Master Career Counselor and founder of Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement firm in Portland.
With a focused and intuitive approach, Barbara makes a difference in people’s lives by helping them design a new life chapter. She has a successful record guiding career transitions for professionals ranging from executives and artists to attorneys and entrepreneurs.
An expert in her field, Barbara is a public speaker on work-related topics writes a solutions-oriented column about work for the Portland Sunday Telegram.
Scott Woodard is a career coach with Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement business in Portland, Maine.
Scott works with clients to identify and articulate their value and their personal brand. He helps clients develop clear, concise and crisp messaging to convey their particular difference, their achievements and their approach.
Scott coaches clients to market their brand through social media platforms, especially LinkedIn. He offers monthly workshops on how to make the most of LinkedIn for businesses or job seekers.
Imagine…It’s Sunday night and, even though you’ve had an enjoyable weekend, you’re feeling down, even a sense of dread.
At first your change in mood takes you by surprise, but then it hits you: tomorrow is Monday and you’re not happy about returning to work.
If you can relate to this scenario, you are not alone. It’s estimated that more than half of all Americans do not enjoy their jobs. To paint an even bleaker picture, more people suffer heart attacks on Monday mornings than on any other day—a sobering statistic.
So, what does it take to find work that is satisfying and that shifts your attitude about Mondays?
I heard some good news from a former client the other day who had been looking for a new job.
When I first met Ken, he was working in health care and wanted to explore a different work environment where he would be more intellectually challenged and have more opportunities to work collaboratively with colleagues.
Prior to contacting me, Ken had half-heartedly investigated options by talking with a few colleagues and submitting a dozen online applications. He did not like waiting for responses from prospective employers, especially since he rarely got any acknowledgement of his applications.
Try This Alternative to a New Year’s Resolution
Resolve to evolve.
While the practice of setting New Year's resolutions has been around since the Romans, the last thing you may need is a list of "goals" you won’t achieve in 2014.
Women start almost 50% of Maine businesses, but it’s men who sustain their businesses and grow a larger bottom line. Why is this so?
It may have to do with different mindsets that limit or expand their opportunities from the start.
I’ve found that women entrepreneurs tend to focus on earning “enough” instead of embracing a “sky’s the limit” attitude that is more typical of men.
A case in point is how men vs women respond to the question I frequently ask my business-owner clients: “what’s important to you in your new business venture?”
Author and executive coach, Richard Leider would say “a sense of purpose”.
Apparently, the quest for meaning is on our minds these days.
Research on the role of purpose conducted by Met Life showed that regardless of age, gender, life stage or financial status, most people assigned the highest importance to meaning-related activities in their lives—even above financial gain.
In my career counseling business, the search for “more meaning and purpose” by far outweighs any other reason driving clients’ job or career transitions.