Laid Off (Part IV): 100 Things to Do If You've Been Laid Off
Published 5/14/2015 in Change My Life Coaching
Author Christopher Lawrence
This is the last part of our 4 part series on how to strategize if you have been laid off.  If you have been laid off or unemployed the obvious first thing to do is to get working as quickly as possible.  That is what we have been speaking to in the last two months.  However, sometimes it is a waiting game, so in absence of employment what can we do? Sometimes we have to have a little fun.  If you forget to laugh and have fun during this time, it will affect you!  Here is a fun list that I found on the famous job search site Monster.  You can see an entire listing of 100 Things To Do If You Have Been Laid Off; my personal Top 10 List is below: Confront your worst fear. Whether it's loathing public speaking or a fear of heights, conquering it will put your layoff... read more ❯
Still Laid Off? Map Out Your Network
Published 4/6/2015 in Change My Life Coaching
Author Christopher Lawrence
Confident Career Tip No. 7 Because of the market we are in with the downturn in oil and gas, last time we reviewed some articles on what you need to do if you get laid off.  I have included those links again below in case you missed them the first time. When it comes to looking for work, remember, it's not what you know but who you know.  Here are a few additional steps that speak directly to actions you can take to get you employed as quickly as possible.  The theme of this is really about coming out as someone who is looking for work and connecting with your network no matter how big or small so that they know you are a job searcher and actively looking for work. Grab your cell phone and email address book and write down the names of everybody you can remember on stickies.  The idea here... read more ❯
Still Laid Off? Map Out Your Network
Published 4/6/2015 in Change My Life Coaching
Author Christopher Lawrence
Confident Career Tip No. 7 Because of the market we are in with the downturn in oil and gas, last time we reviewed some articles on what you need to do if you get laid off.  I have included those links again below in case you missed them the first time. When it comes to looking for work, remember, it's not what you know but who you know.  Here are a few additional steps that speak directly to actions you can take to get you employed as quickly as possible.  The theme of this is really about coming out as someone who is looking for work and connecting with your network no matter how big or small so that they know you are a job searcher and actively looking for work. Grab your cell phone and email address book and write down the names of everybody you can remember on stickies.  The idea here... read more ❯
Job Titles Are Bullsh*t - Strip Away the Title and Dress Up the Job!
Published 3/9/2015 in Change My Life Coaching
Author Christopher Lawrence
Confident Career Tip No. 5 Let's bust the five biggest bullsh*t's about job titles so that we can get past the title and get you into the job you were born to do!   Bullsh*t #1: Picking Your "Title" in High-School While it is unlikely that in most high schools you are choosing the title you want when you get into the workforce, there is a huge emphasis on picking a fairly specific career path so that you can set up your Grade 11 and 12 options to align you for university. They start with personality testing and provide a list of potential options for 16 to 18 year olds to choose from. The reality of it is, not only will they likely have between 7 and 20 careers in their lives but also often this is where you see dreams crushed. I recently heard of this starting in Grade 7, one girl in... read more ❯
Job Titles Are Bullsh*t - Strip Away the Title and Dress Up the Job!
Published 3/9/2015 in Change My Life Coaching
Author Christopher Lawrence
Confident Career Tip No. 5 Let's bust the five biggest bullsh*t's about job titles so that we can get past the title and get you into the job you were born to do!   Bullsh*t #1: Picking Your "Title" in High-School While it is unlikely that in most high schools you are choosing the title you want when you get into the workforce, there is a huge emphasis on picking a fairly specific career path so that you can set up your Grade 11 and 12 options to align you for university. They start with personality testing and provide a list of potential options for 16 to 18 year olds to choose from. The reality of it is, not only will they likely have between 7 and 20 careers in their lives but also often this is where you see dreams crushed. I recently heard of this starting in Grade 7, one girl in... read more ❯
Get Paid What You Deserve: Asking For A Raise
Published 1/12/2015 in Change My Life Coaching
Author Christopher Lawrence
Did you know that that this is the time of year when most employers start considering what raises and bonuses they will be giving their staff? Unfortunately, if you check google analytics it is during the month of March that people are researching how to ask for a raise. Usually by March most employers have made their decisions about which staff will receive which increments and which will get what bonuses.  It should come as no surprise then that by the time April comes around we begin to google job dissatisfaction but by May, when our raise actually kicks in, we are googling "I hate my job". The fact is, by the time most people are looking to ask for an annual raise, their boss has already made his or her decision.  Sadder yet is that most people don't bother to negotiate a raise for their work. These people (and this is most of the... read more ❯
Get Paid What You Deserve: Asking For A Raise
Published 1/12/2015 in Change My Life Coaching
Author Christopher Lawrence
Did you know that that this is the time of year when most employers start considering what raises and bonuses they will be giving their staff? Unfortunately, if you check google analytics it is during the month of March that people are researching how to ask for a raise. Usually by March most employers have made their decisions about which staff will receive which increments and which will get what bonuses.  It should come as no surprise then that by the time April comes around we begin to google job dissatisfaction but by May, when our raise actually kicks in, we are googling "I hate my job". The fact is, by the time most people are looking to ask for an annual raise, their boss has already made his or her decision.  Sadder yet is that most people don't bother to negotiate a raise for their work. These people (and this is most of the... read more ❯