Career Ninja: The 5 Essential Steps to Land Your Dream Job

While I don’t advertise that resume & cover letter writing are part of my coaching packages, it often occurs as a natural outcome of the work that I do with clients.  After all, once you get clear on who you are and where you want to take your career, these documents are the passport you need to get there.

This summer, I’ve been revamping a ton of resumes for clients who are now moving in exciting new directions.  For example, I’ve been working with an HSE professional from Oil & Gas who’s moving into sales, an Accountant who’s stepping up into management, and a Quality Control Manager who’s shifting from food manufacturing to wine production. (Mmmmm… wine)  Such diverse, amazing women!

And it’s no secret that I have a nerdy love of resumes, cover letters and all-things-interview.  It started way back in University when, sitting in the computer lab with my classmates, we would pound out application after application for the choicest summers jobs.  Soon I become known as the Go-To-Girl for creating applications that netted hot interview offers.

In time, I came to relish the challenge of translating a person’s uniqueness into a compelling argument for hiring them, and then coaching my colleagues on how to win the employer over in an interview.

That was sixteen years ago.  Today, I’m humble enough to admit that when it comes to helping people maneuver into their dream job, I’m kind of like a Career Ninja.

<wink, wink>

As a Career Ninja, I observe strict rules about form, integrity, and conduct. I also operate in the shadows; what the employer sees is YOU – at your very best.   Further, I make it look easy – but my stealth relies on an intimate knowledge of who my client is (and is not!) and how they are uniquely poised to support the employer.

But not everyone can hire me as their personal Career Coach/Ninja. 

That’s why I’ve put together a blog series revealing the 5 essential steps to land your dream job!

Starting today – for the next 5 weeks – you’ll receive my best tips, tricks, and how-to’s so that you, too, can be your very own Career Ninja!

This 5-part “Career Ninja” blog series will include:

1. Getting clear on the right career for you – Miss this step and failure is certain.

2. Resume Ninja – giving your old resume a much-needed karate-chop!  

3. My No-Fail Cover Letter Recipe – 4 paragraphs that make your phone ring.

4. Your LinkedIn Makeover Made Easy – get tips from my guest expert!

5.  Interview Your Next Boss – turn the table in your favor with these hot questions!

PLUS real examples from my clients and much, much more!

Okay, Let’s get started.


Career Ninja: The 5 Essential Steps to Land Your Dream Job [Part 1]

Step 1: Get clear on the right career for you

career ninjaYears ago I ran across a self-help title called, “I don’t know what I want – but I know it’s not this!”  It caught my eye because, at the time, it perfectly summed up how I was feeling about my career.  Miserable and burnt-out, I was struggling to figure out what I wanted and where to go… but all I could see was the shapeless, dark void of unemployment.

I know now why that time in my life was so difficult.   I lacked the essential self-knowledge we all need to make sound career decisions.  Without this deep self-awareness you’re lost in a fog, and often remain paralyzed for fear of making a career move you’ll regret.

To make the RIGHT career move, you need:

  1. A deep understanding of your personality, talents and passion.
  2. A complete view of where you’re willing to compromise and where you won’t. (income, lifestyle, location, education, etc.)
  3. A way to know if the vision you have is realistic or just romantic yearning.
  4. At least 2 cheerleaders in your life that are not threatened by your growth.

Once armed with this knowledge, the right career path moves quickly into view.  It’s like you’re stumbling around in the dark and then someone hands you a pair of night vision goggles:  sweet clarity!  You can finally move swiftly and confidently in the direction of your dreams…

…Just like a Career Ninja should!

To help you get clear on the right career for you, I’m proud to offer you my VIP coaching program, The Incredible Career Makeover.

Get Clear on the Career For You NOW!

The Incredible Career Makeover is a 6-step one-on-one coaching program where you’ll gain:

  • Insight (and forgiveness!) on the most influential factors behind your unsatisfying career trajectory to date.
  • Complete clarity on your personality, talents and passions so that you can finally create a career that fits YOU.
  • Absolute certainty on what specific career is perfect for you – you’ll stop suffering from ‘The Grass is Greener’ syndrome once and for all.
  • Freedom from the fear and doubt that you’re not measuring up to someone else’s recipe for success (playing this game has been costing you painfully so we’ll fix that together)
  • Renewed enthusiasm for your work, your life and all the special people in it – instead of always complaining to them about your job.
  • And so much more!

Creating a career with more joy, more success and a whole lot more meaning – requires clarity, confidence and courage.  This program will get you there.

CLICK HERE for more information!

Heather Petherick is a master success coach for high potential business leaders, having established her private coaching practice in 2007. Since then, she’s coached hundreds of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around the globe to overcome the mindset traps that keep them playing small so that they can realize their potential and create the impact they’re meant for. Her areas of speciality are: • Mindset • Confidence • Communication • Speed of Implementation Her clients include corporate rising stars at WestJet, Agrium, Suncor Energy, Manulife Bank, TD, Royal Bank of Canada, KMPG and PepsiCo International as well as big-thinking entrepreneurs from around the world. She has been featured as a career and success expert with Women Engineering The Future, The Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Living Magazine and Chatelaine magazine. Heather’s journey from growing up on a humble sheep farm on the prairies of western Canada to building a global coaching business have lent to her signature coaching style that combines both wit and humility, style and business savvy. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband and two children.

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