Happy May Day! A month for college graduates to celebrate and prepare…
We have written a lot about career consulting for professionals. I wanted to take a minute to talk about our College program…
It is finals time- crunch time. Internships, part time jobs, networking, resume building, a lot- plus over load on the internet. We are passionate about helping soon to be grads find the right path- making the right first step- please look at our website. www.crystalclearcareers.com
Attached is a video that an amazing women, Amanda Hite (@sexythinker), tweeted last week. We are in the people business. Be passionate and be clear about your vision. You will succeed.
Everyone knows that no one succeeds by him or herself. An essential element in developing a successful career path is recognizing the type of support you need to grow and develop your career.
Last week at the Women’s Foodservice Forum Annual Leadership Conference, Fritzi Woods, CEO and President of the WFF opened the conference by asking the nearly 2300 conference attendees – “who are your mentors, advocates and sponsors?” (#WFFHQ & #WFFConf12)
One of the questions we hear so often is what is the difference between mentor, advocate and sponsor? Based upon the Women’s Foodservice Forum’s definition they are the following:
Successful career development is enhanced when a person has a network of mentors, advocates and sponsors. Also, having a network of just mentors is a not enough, especially for women. It has been said that women are over mentored and under-sponsored and that being under-sponsored is what contributes significantly to women’s inability to advance.
The impact of a sponsor is so significant for both men and women that there are numerous books, articles and research written on the topic. One of most the significant research reports was published in January, 2011 from Harvard Business Review entitled; The Sponsor Effect: Breaking Through the Last Glass Ceiling by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Kerrie Peraino, Laura Sherbin, Karen Sumberg. Here are just a few key findings from this report:
Building a network of mentors, advocates and sponsors is a career development non-negotiable. The facts are undeniable, the benefits are clear and the significance is obvious. Part of our process at Crystal Clear Careers is to ask you inventory and explore many questions about mentors, advocates and sponsors and the power and effectiveness of your network. Building a network of mentors, advocates and sponsors is a critical strategy for long-term career success.
As you look at your own network ask yourself the following questions; “who are my mentors, advocates and sponsors?” “What do I need to be doing differently to expand my network of advocates and sponsors?” “Who is actively working on my behalf to elevate my career?” If you can’t readily answer these questions and name a minimum of two people per position, then it is time for you to start building your career by building your network. The first step in that process is to simply ask someone to be your mentor, advocate or sponsor. If you are prepared and ready to take that step you will be amazed at how easy it for mentors, advocates and sponsors to say yes!
Every week I am going to post a couple of articles that I find interesting or think would help others. This week I found some great articles and pieces that I would like to share. While sorting through all of my SmartBrief emails with lots of great articles, I found that these two articles focus on certain aspects of what we do at Crystal Clear Careers.
The first article, “Why Older Entrepreneurs Have an Edge,” is a terrific example. As clients go through our program we sometimes find that what the client ultimately wants is to become an entrepreneur, which is fantastic! The next question that usually comes up is, ”so what am I going to do?” By this point in our program we have already determined their passions and can help them gain clarity on what their next steps in life are! It’s pretty amazing to see these Ah-ha moments happen! And for the younger generations…don’t worry, we will get there one day!
Why Older Entrepreneurs Have an Edge, MARC FREEDMAN
…Recent research shows that one in four Americans between the ages of 44 and 70 — about 25 million people — are interested in starting their own businesses or nonprofit organizations in the next five to 10 years.
The findings reinforce consistent research from the Kauffman Foundation, which shows that for 11 of the 15 years between 1996 and 2010, Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 had the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity of any age group. The National Journal reports that 9 of the nation’s 15 million small-business owners were born before 1965.
These findings fit another area of research as well, which shows that creativity and innovation spike for many in later life…
Click here to read the Full Article
The second article, “How to Create Your Own Personal Job Feed,” focuses on three things any job seeker should do to create a job feed. I am going to make a generalization and say that “older” entrepreneurs aren’t as skilled in Social Media as the younger generation. I say this very lightly, because I respect and admire those entrepreneurs considered “older” in the first article. College graduates are leaving college with a working knowledge of virtually every aspect of technology and it’s easy for them to keep up with changes in social media. For everyone else…it is or has been a learning curve or habit we have had to develop. Part of our program at Crystal Clear Careers is to develop your personal brand as well as discussing industry networking. As you seek employment, you should find the online networking opportunities that could potentially lead to a job or future connections. So go ahead…create your own job feed!
How to Curate Your Own Personal Job Feed, LINDSEY POLLAK
…There are millions of positions posted online across an ever-changing landscape of job boards, company websites, social networks, apps, and more.
What’s a job seeker to do? You have to become a curator of your own personal job feed, narrowing down all of the various websites and listings to a truly personalized stream of opportunities. The best way to do this is to set up a select group of bookmarked websites and email alerts that you view every day. Here’s how:
1. Get specific.
2. Increase your niche know-how.
3. Take social media seriously.
Click here to read the Full Article
Clarity …MOVING FORWARD….
To switch, or advance your career effectively and achieve a positive outcome, you need four things: clarity, courage, confidence, and competence. Without these, you’ll most likely struggle hard and fail. Further, there are core steps you must take to ensure you are emotionally, financially, and professionally ready for this next step
Step one to successful career change is to take off your rose-colored glasses, Take a step back and look at how you have potentially contributed to the challenges you face. Start to hold yourself more accountable than ever before for what’s in front of you.
AT Crystal Clear Careers, we have the program to help you clarify your direction.
This week I have the great opportunity to be in Dallas for the Women’s Foodservice Forum Annual Leadership Conference. (#WFFCONF12) This content rich conference is a buzz connecting over 2300 managers, directors and executives who all aspire higher in their careers and for their companies.
I am honored to be a Board Member of the WFF. I am also proud to represent an organization that clearly aligns with my beliefs about careers, business and leadership development.
The WFF’s vision is to be the Leading authority for delivering content, developing competence and building connections.
Think about that vision – content, competence and connections. I can tell you with over 2300 leaders attending this conference the WFF is certainly delivering on their vision.
My question is how are you delivering on your vision of career success? What does your vision look like? Where are you investing your time, money and resources in to insure you accessing world calls content to build competitive competencies and strong connections? All great careers require an investment in all three areas constantly and continually.
If you are not at the WFF this week you can still follow the action via twitter hashtag #WWFConf12.
Here is another quick way to make an investment in your career - this terrific article from USA Today. Mark Pincus shares great career insights for everyone from a college student to a CEO. Start making an even greater investment in your career now – the returns can be amazing!
Excerpt: CEO Forum: Zynga’s Pincus talks of passion
By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY
…While some billionaire tech CEOs may take victory laps or calculate their megariches, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus has become reflective….
Pincus talked with USA TODAY technology reporter Jon Swartz and took questions from students about his wild ride to dot-com success after a circuitous path through investment banking on Wall Street, because he “was very focused on financial independence,” to a stint at onetime cable giant TCI, where he got to view “every cool interactive opportunity in the world” to his “passion” at Zynga. The following excerpts from the conversation are edited for space and clarity…
Q: What did you learn from the first couple of companies that you were involved with? What mistakes or successes made you decide to start something like Zynga, which redefined a pretty well established market?
A: First, it’s important to know what your goal is, because if you don’t know what your goal is, you will definitely never achieve it. If you don’t have a clear goal, you will probably make so many compromises in your career or whatever it is you’re doing that you will wake up one day and forget why you chose to do what you are doing.
That was true with me. I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I knew I wanted to create these break-through products. But I made so many compromises along the way, like with my company Support.com that went public. It became a company that I couldn’t be at anymore, and that was very strange. One of the things I say at Zynga is that we should all make sure we are building a house we want to live in.
On becoming an entrepreneur:
“I reached the point when I was 28 or 29 and I was in Washington, D.C., working for this VC firm, that I literally thought my career was washed up. I just thought I had made a series of wrong decisions, and I wasn’t on the blueprint I thought I was going to be on. A lot of times, I think, you become an entrepreneur when you feel like you have nothing else to lose. It started to crystallize for me that my passion was creating these break-through consumer services that would change people’s lives. It was later on that (venture capitalist) John Doerr and (former Electronic Arts executive) Bing Gordon, who have both been great inspirations to me, put a name on it. They called it an Internet treasure — products that people can’t remember life before, or they can’t imagine life without. That’s what the iPhone is. That’s the cellphone. That’s Google. I hope it’s Zynga.”
On being a ninja product maker:
“It’s good to make great products, at least financially. But be a ninja product maker. What that means is, develop this intuition about what people want and develop this skill set around — empathizing, be a student of the people around you. That’s what I love about consumers.”
“There is so much ambition and hard work in the world, but there is so little leadership. Not many people really want to be leaders, because it is scary, it’s risky. … It means getting outside your job, raising your hand and saying, ‘Hey, I think we are going in the wrong direction.’ I would say leadership starts with complaining and dissatisfaction … but that’s half of it. The other half of leadership is, complain and then make it better…”
To read more of this insightful and compelling interview: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-04-23/ceo-forum-mark-pincus/54475390/1
- Kathleen Wood
Over the last several years, change has become a constant in the lives of many of us. No matter how it comes to us, change can be tough, however, when embraced and approached with clarity, it can be energizing and eye opening.
I am thrilled to embrace the most recent change in my life – being part of the launch of Crystal Clear Careers. Crystal Clear Careers is about helping individuals (specifically in my favorite industry – Hospitality) bring clarity to where they want to go in their career, what their key talents are, how they can use those talents and what keeps them motivated and fulfilled.
Looking back on my own career, I realize the more clarity I had around my strengths and opportunities and the challenges and rewards that lay ahead, the braver I was about moving forward into what I might have considered the unknown.
I look forward to supporting others on their journey on finding clarity. Check out our website for more information: www.crystalclearcareers.com.
Embrace the clarity! Embrace the change!
— Janet Hoffmann
Thank you for your support- Crystal Clear Careers Launch
We are thankful to all our supporters for their well wishes. Our goal is to provide a very comprehensive program to Hospitality professionals and soon to be college grads. We have had many inquires on what we provide. We do not guarantee job placement, but we do guarantee that every one of our clients are completely prepared to enter their job search with self awareness, an action plan, and the tools to move forward!
Please call any of our consultants for more info.
Thanks for your support in our first week of Launch.
The C3 Team
It has been a great first week for Crystal Clear Careers! Thank you all for your support and well wishes for our recent announcement of the launch of Crystal Clear Careers. The response to our announcement has been amazing and we are all grateful.
One of the questions we have been asked is “what is a career consulting?” CareerConsulting is the art and science of utilizing a proven methodology with the experiences of an individual’s career to develop a crystal clear action plan to elevate and accelerate a person’s career success. The other point to be made is that Career Consulting is not life coaching, therapy or job placement. It is about truly developing a career plan of action to achieve greater success and achievement through developing a path for your entire career.
What does that all mean? Probably the best way to explain what it means is to explain how I applied it in my own career. Early in my career I was working for several very large companies. As much as I enjoyed many aspects of working in large corporations what I started to realize was that my real passion was working in businesses that we more entrepreneurial and faster to change. This led me to shift my career to an entrepreneurial business-consulting path.
One of the key steps in arriving at this conclusion was going through a process of clarifying the successes and challenges in my career experiences and at the same time clarifying what I was passionate about in business. Once I had achieved this clarity I was able to chart my course for greater and accelerated career success. Today, I have the great opportunity to work with businesses ranging from start-ups to growing companies to interestingly even large corporations.
Over the past several years of working with executives, directors, managers and college students what we found was the clearer the individual was about their career path and options the more success they achieve. Here are a few considerations:
Bottom line – Career Consulting is about gaining the clarity about where you are in your career and setting a course of action to achieve and accelerate your ultimate career success.
- Kathleen Wood
Change can be a good thing: With Crystal Clear Career Clarity
Yes, change can be good! All of us, even those who are satisfied with their careers need to continually develop new skills and identify ways to cultivate our current skill set. We need to determine ways to add value to the services we provide to move our careers forward. Marketability is key. Putting yourselves in a position where YOU are the one to make the decisions about your career.
Kathleen, Matthew and I, have all taken many calls over the years from people at all levels wanting to chat about the industry. In most cases, these professionals were all seeking career advice and were either actively looking for a new position or considering making a move. We also found that these professionals were not seeing themselves clearly at all. What skills do they really bring to the table? What is the best cultural fit? Is it important to have their vision aligned with the companies vision? Is title extremely important? What does a great boss look like? Is money the most important consideration? Are they making a change for quality of life issues? Finally, are they digging deeply enough to identify what is the best fit for them to keeping their career moving forward or staying at the top. Clearly, there are many factors that play into a job change. This is precisely what led us to the creation of Crystal Clear Careers. We help put all these pieces (and much more) together to create a focused and clear plan of action for the next step in your career. The key word for us is career- not just going out and finding a job. Whether you are a student just entering the Hospitality business or a boardroom executive, we have a program designed for you.
Now it’s time to start your search and make that change.
Please visit our website for more information
Why Crystal Clear Careers?
We work in one of the greatest industry in the world – the hospitality industry. Over the past few years our industry has clearly gone through tremendous changes and staggering shifts. Some of these have been amazing and some we would all like to forget. As our industry has changed it clearly left a profound impact on our most important asset - our people.
Everyone has a story of a friend who lost their job, who had to take a job that was well below their pay grade or in some cases a friend that is still looking for a job. Conversely, we have all heard stories of great success too. People who are turning down offers, who are being promoted and who are positioned for continued career success. What separates success from despair? After years of working executives, directors and managers in their career and business development it is what we call “one click to clarity.” The premise is simple yet not always easy to achieve. The greater the clarity – the clearer the focus – the clearer the direction – the clearer the path to success – thus Crystal Clear Careers.
Crystal Clear Careers is our newest venture through a strong partnership with myself, Jennifer Tierney, Matthew Chustz and supported by leading hospitality consultants. Our company exclusively focuses in the hospitality industry and is dedicated to supporting leaders and future leaders in building long-term sustainable careers through the utilization of our Crystal Clear Career System. We are committed to being the absolute best in career consulting to support everyone from the college students in the classroom to executives in the boardroom and everyone else in between.
We are not a life coach or therapy or recruiting company (though there are some extraordinary people in our industry that we can refer you too!). We are a career consulting company and we approach career development with our proven Crystal Clear Career system. Our goal is the same as yours work collaboratively and confidentially so you can take control of your destiny through the development of a comprehensive and crystal clear career plan for success.
We invite you to please check out our website www.crystalclearcareers.com. Also feel free to drop us a line, a question or a comment about your career or someone else’s career. We are set and ready to support you at anytime in your career. We all work hard in our industry and at Crystal Clear Careers we think its time to make that one click to career clarity and enjoy the ride!
- Kathleen Wood
PRESS RELEASE: Creating Career Clarity in Times of Ongoing Change -
Competitively positioning your career for new levels of success
As the economy recovers and unemployment persists many accomplished executives still find themselves seeking productive and fulfilling career opportunities. Executive unemployment can many times be correlated with an individual’s level of clarity about either the opportunities that were missed or the understanding of the contributing factors that derailed their careers. However whether its unemployment, lack of advancement, or loss of passion the number one solution for getting a career back on a track for success is having a crystal clear plan of action.
Kathleen Wood and Matthew Chustz of Kathleen Wood Partners, and Jennifer Tierney of Tierney Restaurant Services have all listened to the stories, the questions and heard the frustration from so many talented and successful executives who have been challenged over the years. Recognizing the amount of time each was investing working individuals both formally and informally and seeing the ongoing need to support the hospitality industry the three made the decision to expand their current businesses and partner together to launch their newest venture, Crystal Clear Careers. “The biggest issues for so many executives who get derailed is that they did not see the red flags, mis-read the warning signs and still worse thought that they were above the fray of corporate adjustment,” said Tierney.
Some executives now find themselves during their peak earning years on the sidelines or taking positions in desperation several levels lower than their last position. “We have found that providing executives with a combination of a clear career path methodology and productive feedback that they quickly gain clarity on their path for personal and professional success,” said Wood. Crystal Clear Careers provides executives with a proven career development system for identifying career possibilities, re-awakening their passions and developing a new career path for greater levels of success “We are not life-coaching or serving as substitute for other types of therapists. We are truly taking a pragmatic and transparent approach for providing clarity to support executives to achieve the success they are looking for at any stage of there career,” said Chustz.
Finding a new path, thinking outside the box about career development and exploring new ways to approach a familiar market can be a great way to re-energize a career and get back on the rail to success. After years of a chaotic economy, chaos in the marketplaces, downsizing, right-sizing and fluctuating unemployment the window is opening again for executives to take back control of their careers with confidence because they are crystal clear about their path for personal and professional success.
For more information about Crystal Clear Careers please visit our website at www.crystalclearcareers.com
How Are Employers Screening You Through Social Media? -
Here’s a great article about how employers are using Social Media to screen candidates. Be sure and check it out… you certainly don’t want to be cut from the candidate pool because of one little tweet or Facebook post!