Yesterday I mentioned that I had a ‘revelatory’ informational interview. I spoke with a Change Management and Leadership Development Consultant who has her own firm. A former professor referred me to her when I explained what I am looking for in my dream job. The independent consultant helped me put some of my current career struggles in perspective.
During the discussion on coaching certifications, I asked her what the graduates in the program went on to do to which she replied that the vast majority either established or expanded their solo practices. Very few went back to work for a corporation as a Leadership Development Specialist--the very role I’m trying to land. She further explained that there aren’t too many internal company coaches because executives don’t want to entrust an employee from the same organization with the often personal information divulged in coaching sessions.
Of course they don’t! This makes perfect sense!
But I never formally made this connection. In the middle of this blogging challenge I had started to target employers that specialize in Leadership training, but I’ll admit that I still put more effort into finding opportunities within large corporations whose main service offering is not specialized HR work. I often came up empty handed and obviously remained unemployed.
In the job hunt it’s crucial to be crystal clear on what your dream job is. This means asking yourself a lot of questions, particularly: What are the everyday tasks you want to do? What’s the work environment in which you work best? What kind of impact do you want to have? And, of course, which organizations do you have the greatest chance of being hired to do this work?
This is the question I need to ask myself once more.
My name is Viola Minicozzi and I’m a HR professional looking to land my dream job in Phoenix, AZ. From December 1, 2015 through March 1, 2016, I’ve committed to blogging everyday on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter about my progress and a host of other career related topics along the way.
Join me on the journey. #90DaysToMyDreamJob