Change can be hard. Any kind of change can be hard. Just think about the last time you decided to lose that 10 pounds that keep bugging you. Feeling like it’s time to make a change is one thing. Actually making the change is a different thing altogether.
No wonder people stay stuck in jobs they hate. Changing jobs can be scary! Changing your entire career can totally freak you out.
I know this because I did it. I retooled and reinvented myself four years ago after more than three decades as an educator.
After 37 years as a school librarian, teacher, and past president of the Virginia Education Association, my career as an educator came to a sudden and unexpected halt.
I won’t bore you with the particulars. All that you need to know is that I changed course in my life abruptly.
I felt overwhelmed with possibility. I had options, but none of them appealed to me, frankly.
So, I hired a career coach. I knew it was time for a career change.
With her guidance, using her program and her encouragement, I started to consider that maybe I could start my own business. I decided I wanted to be my own boss, be in charge of my own schedule, and do work that I found meaningful and fulfilling again.
So that is what I did. First I became a Life Strategies Coach. Then I became a Stress Management Coach and then a Holistic Life Coach. Then I became a Licensed Minister, and most recently I became a Sleep Science Coach.
From May 2014 to September 2015 I had the opportunity to work with my coach, completing her training program, and becoming an online career coach. I became one of the original coaches that she brought into her company to help her growing business.
During that time, I worked with individuals from all walks of life, of every age and ethnicity, and from all over the world. I assisted dozens of people with their resume, their LinkedIn profiles, their cover letters, and their interview prep. I offered weekly Office Hours and coached groups via Livestream.
In the fall of 2015, I went solo, and I have turned most of my attention to working with burnt-out teachers. I also work with mid-career professionals who find themselves at a crossroads for whatever reason.
I have, over time, developed a digital program that is designed to help those who want to leave teaching and find a fulfilling and fun alternative career. I am offering the program right now as the “Jumpstart Your Job Search,” and there is a Starter Program, a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Program, and a Premium Program.
The Starter Program will help you find the clarity you need in order to move into a new job or career. Most people come to me knowing that they are ready for a change but have no idea what kind of change they want. If you always wanted to be a teacher, you haven’t spent much time thinking about jobs or careers that you could do instead, right? You think you’re “just a teacher,” and you can’t articulate the transferable skills that you have. If that sounds like you, the Starter Program will help you get started on the road of reinventing and perhaps retooling yourself for life after teaching.
The “DIY (Do-It-Yourself)” Jumpstart Program is for the “do-it-yourselfer” who just wants the information. You don’t want or need individual or group coaching support. (You do get email support for 30-days and one phone consultation.) This level of the program provides all 10 modules of the premium program. The modules cover these topics:
- Clarity about what you want to do in your next job or career.
- How to write a resume that presents you as the best-qualified candidate for the job you want using your transferable skills.
- How to write a cover letter that will get the attention of the decision makers, so you get invited for an interview.
- How to present a perfectly written resume and cover letter that contains NO errors in spelling, spacing or grammar.
- Understanding how the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) works and why it is not your friend.
- Understanding the importance of establishing a personal and professional brand.
- Appreciating the role of social media in your job search and your individual social media footprint which occurs every time you use a particular platform.
- Offering a professional persona on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, especially if you are job hunting.
- Understand the importance of your network and getting out to meet people every opportunity you have.
- How to interview like a pro. You don’t need to be better than everyone else…you need to be different in a positive way.
- Bonus tip: Attitude is everything.
The “Premium Program,” includes everything above plus:
- Lifetime access to all 10 modules plus additional modules as they are added
- 6 individual hour-long phone, Skype or Zoom consultations
- 90-120 days of email support (depending on your scheduling needs)
- And an invitation to join the bi-monthly group coaching call along with an invitation to a private Facebook page.
The Premium Program is valued at $2450, but I have it priced at $1500 or $140 in 6 equal payments.
So, who are these packages designed for?
Well, the Starter Program is for the novice job hunter. It is also for someone who is only tentative about changing their career at the moment. Maybe you aren’t ready to take the leap just yet, but you would like to know about what first steps you should take just in case you decide you can’t continue doing what you are doing now.
The Starter Program is also for the person who doesn’t have the budget for a more expensive program. For $197, if you buy the Starter Program, you get lifetime access to the first two modules of the larger, Premium Program.
These two modules will help you gain clarity around your job or career. Are you happy where you are? If not, what could you be doing that would make you happy?
These are the most intense modules, but they are also the most valuable ones. They will guide you to what it is you want to do with your life next. You need to get in touch with your inner self as you consider what you want to do with your life. Your next career step should be undertaken carefully and deliberately. These modules can help with that.
The DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Program is for the motivated go-getter. This program is for you if you just want the information without any frills. You don’t want individualized coaching. With a blueprint of the steps to follow, you can figure it out.
This program includes all 10 instructional modules that go with the Premium Program. It does not include one-on-one coaching. It does include one phone consultation, and it includes 30-days of email support.
- All 10 instructional modules
- Recommended reading and exercises
- Templates and examples
- More modules as they are added
- 6 private, one-on-one coaching calls by phone or Zoom
- Bi-monthly Group Coaching Calls (next call May 15th)
- Private Facebook group support
This Premium Program is a $2450 value that I have priced at $1500, but am offering for a limited time for $997 or $97 per month for 12 months.
This Premium Program is for the serious job seeker or career changer. You are ready to change your career and your life, and the sooner you can do that, the better.
You are ready to be coached, and you want a guide who has gone before you on this particular journey and knows what pitfalls to help you avoid.
As a trained Career Transition and Job Search Coach, I can help you avoid costly mistakes.
With my help and your drive, we can save you both time and money as you seek the change your want.
Are you ready to make a life-altering change in your job or career?
Or are you ready to dive in and take on the whole program on your own? If so, the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Program is the right fit for you.
Of course, I would love to work with you and help you along the way so I would love it if you chose the Premium Program, but I want you to choose the one that is the right one for you.
You only get one life to live. I believe you should make the best of it, and that includes doing work that makes you happy.
If you are unhappy in your current job or career, it is time to do something about it, don’t you think?
Oh, I almost forgot. Last summer, I was named one of the top online Career Coaches Online by Career Toolkit.com, and in January, I was invited to join the Forbes Coaches Council.
Here is what I know for sure: if I changed my life and totally reinvented and retooled myself for a career I love, so can you.
You get to choose the life you want. If you aren’t happy right now, you have the choice to make a change. Why wait? Making the change won’t get any easier. So, what do you say? Let’s get you started on the road toward the life you want.