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Are You Happy in Your Career?

Are you happy in your current role? When is the last time you checked in with yourself and asked yourself that question? And if you’re not…what’s keeping you from looking and landing a new role? According to The State of the American Job Report by Pew Research, 2016 , job satisfaction rates for American workers are as follows:

  • Very Satisfied – 49%
  • Somewhat Satisfied – 30%
  • Dissatisfied – 9%
  • Very Dissatisfied – 6%

Half of all Americans are dissatisfied with their current roles. And there is also a strong correlation between how one feels about their role and how one feels about their life. Typically, when one feels happy and satisfied with their work and working conditions then it translates to their life outside of the workplace.

According to the data above, only 30 percent are somewhat satisfied, which means that those feelings of dissatisfaction are going to translate into other areas of their life, such as marriage and relationships, children, family, friendship, health, finances, and more.

I have seen those unhappy in their careers feeling miserable in their lives overall and on the brink of health crises, bankruptcy, divorce, and depression just to name a few major challenges.

Unfortunately, it’s the painful truth.

We take for granted how bad it can be truly be and what’s missing in one’s career. Employers need to heed the call to give their employees what they want and need to retain them. Most of the jobseekers I speak to are seeking development, training, growth, flexibility, more challenging work, advancement, and salary increases. These are small prices to pay for being a loyal, consistent, and dedicated employee who shows daily to solve workplace challenges and bring your A-game so your employer gets the best of your talents and skills.

So, if we are so unhappy and dissatisfied with our careers then why aren’t we job searching? You would think it would be best to find a new role while still employed- especially if you didn’t enjoy your current one.

The data for January 2020 indicates that the average duration of unemployment was 21.9 weeks. Jobseekers will also spend an average of 11 hours a week to search for a new role.

If you either dislike your current role or are in need of new one, can you honestly tell yourself that you are content living a mediocre life and having a mediocre career? Achieving something big in your life and your career requires a drastic change to make it happen and to actually make it work.


You are too stressed out for it to remain this way.
You are losing sleep.
Your health is being affected.
You hate your job.
You hate being unemployed or underemployed.
You KNOW that you are meant to do more in your life.
You have ambitions of finding your dream career and fulfilling your purpose.
You are underpaid and aspire of receiving a salary increase and no longer needing to worry.
You have been searching without receiving any results.

What I have found that works is having a game plan that works to get you the results that you are looking for. Some make the mistake thinking that they need more information, which just gets them lost and overwhelms them- keeping you from actually achieving your goals and your success. What is necessary is a tried and true plan that consistently brings results.

Do you want to learn how my clients do it and how you can get results of your own? Watch my Masterclass where I unveil the secrets to what actually works and has helped my clients land roles in as little as 4 weeks, earned some multiple job offers, and salary increases of $15k-$60K. Click to register NOW!

Can The Increase of Tech Positively Impact Impact Jobseekers?

Can the Increase of Tech Positively Impact Jobseekers?

Whether we are ready or not, the technology in HR continues to expand. For some, it has already expanded so much that they are unclear and confused as to which tool is needed for a task. Some jobseekers are still becoming acquainted with ATS (Advanced Tracking Systems), which I discussed in my October 2019 blog on how it affects resume writing for jobseekers.

How To Motivate Your Millennial Employees for Retention

How to Motivate Your Millennial Employees for Retention

When I hear from my millennial clients that they are leaving their jobs it is usually one of three reasons. The first is that they are feeling bored, stagnant, and underutilized. After all, 64% of millennials would rather make less at a job they love than make more at a job they find boring.

VMC: Transformational Guidance for Business Women

VMC: Transformational Guidance for Business Women

Check out this recent interview with Valerie Martinelli, President, CEO, VMC speaks about Transformational Guidance for Business Women

We are thrilled to be recognized by CIOReview as one of the 10 Most Promising Leadership Development Training/Coaching Companies — at the forefront of providing #leadership development training for women.

Will Remote Work Impact Your Career in the New Year?

Will Remote Work Impact Your Career in the New Year? – Thrive Global

It might be hard to believe but we will be wrapping up 2019 in just a few short weeks and beginning a new decade. There isn’t a better time than now to check the predictions for what’s to come for jobseekers and careers in 2020.

How To Effectively Network Your Way Into a New Job

How To Effectively Network Your Way Into a New Job

One of the biggest mistakes I see jobseekers make is keeping their search confined to job boards. Some of the issues with job boards do lie with employers and their standard practices. ATS is becoming the norm, which is making hiring and recruiting a low-touch profession and it is wreaking havoc on the candidate experience.

Is Mainstream Cover Letter Advice Preventing Your Success?

Is Mainstream Cover Letter Advice Preventing Your Success?

One of the questions that I get asked the most is if cover letters are dead. The truth is, no, they are not. As I wrote about last month, ATS is scanning resumes for keywords to filter them more carefully.

What are the Benefits of Gratitude?

I love gratitude.

This time of the year is the best time to learn how to express it.

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude is an appreciation for what an individual receives, whether it is tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the good in their lives. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past by claiming positive memories and being thankful for elements of their childhood or past blessings, the present by not taking good fortune for granted as it comes, and the future by maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude. Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone’s gratitude, it’s a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further.

So, how can gratitude change your mindset? Let’s take a closer look.

 A Gratitude Journal

Gratitude journals have been known to help the reverse the cycle of negative thinking. The best way to do it is by just getting started and not overthinking how or a by employing a specific process. Make it a habit to write down thoughts about things in your life each day. Allow yourself just to write and not to overanalyze. A gratitude journal is a great way to think about what you’re grateful for in your life each day. What makes your life so amazing? What makes you feel blessed and happy? Think about those things and write about them!

There are some incredible benefits to keeping a gratitude journal, such as:

  • Feeling calmer at night
  • Decreased levels of stress
  • Gaining a new perspective of what is important to you and what you appreciate in your life
  • By clarifying your thoughts on what you want to have more of in your life, and what you can remove from your life.
  • Helps you focus on what really matters.
  • Help you become more self-aware
  • Read back through your gratitude journal to readjust your attitude and remember all of the wonderful things and people that you have in your life

It is important to plan to maintain your journal on a consistent basis in order to continually capture all of the benefits. I love to write in mine each morning with a cup of coffee before I start my day. Some prefer to do it before bed because then they can capture their day. There isn’t a right or a wrong; it’s about just doing it!

Giving Thanks Year-Round

Gratitude also has been known to improve health when it is expressed regularly. According to UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, expressing gratitude regularly literally changes the molecular structure of the brain, it keeps the gray matter functioning, and makes individuals healthier and happier. To consistently reap these health- and other- benefits we want to do this year-round. So, what else can gratitude do for us and our lives?

  • Gratitude opens the door to more- or improved- relationships
  • Gratitude improves physical health
  • Gratitude improves emotional well-being
  • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression
  • Grateful people sleep better
  • Gratitude improves self-esteem
  • Gratitude increases mental strength

I have found that improving these things have also helped to improve other areas of life such as one’s career and job search and decisions related to those because it has improved the clarity and the power in which those decisions are made.

What better reason than to get started today?


Is Fear Stopping You From Reaching Success?

Hey ladies, have you ever been stuck in a job search that isn’t going anywhere? It’s frustrating, annoying, and makes you wonder what you’re doing wrong, right? So, you just start to second guess yourself?

Well, you know what? The truth is that this can be fatal to your job search and your career. At this point, once fear kicks in and knocks us around, it will construct an entirely new reality for us. Once that happens, we can think that we are making good decisions, when we are making them based out of misconceptions and misinterpretations due to the hold that fear has over us. It can also make us second guess ourselves.

Letting that voice that tells you risk-taking is bad, or that you can’t advance in your career, can’t get a salary increase, or can’t even find a job that will fulfill you and make you happy that  is when we’re self-sabotaging and it’s a problem. Do you know what self-sabotaging behavior is? Do you know how to recognize it? It’s when you get in your own way and create problems that didn’t exist before out of fear of failure, unhappiness, & low self-esteem. It’s a shame because it keeps you from achieving your career goals for even longer.

This is why you want to try daily mindset practices to help you get on the right track.

If you want to learn more about daily mindset practices and how they can help you in your job search and help you achieve your career goals, schedule a free strategy session today by clicking the link below!

This is NOT for everyone. If you are READY to stop struggling & finally LAND your dream career & earn the salary you’ve been longing for, then book a call with me & we can chat.

These calls are free and have the power to transform your career and your life. All you need to do is click on the link below and find a time that works for you…

On this session, we will create an action plan that works for you- and work through any fears that might be holding you back from doing so. Limited slots available- book now before they are filled!


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