Written By Shea Ki
Have you noticed that suddenly the headlines are swamped with stories of "The Great Resignation"? Or as I prefer to call it, "The Great Work Wake-Up".
By the millions, people are awakening to the idea that it is possible to do meaningful work in a place where their well-being is higher on the list of top priorities.
It is a time like no other to do the inner work and get clear on what steps you want to take this upcoming year to improve your career journey.
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Will this be your year to go for a promotion? How about making a career pivot? Or perhaps starting up your own consulting, services-focused or product-based business?
In all of these situations, you are the one who will be sharing your message of professional value in the hot seat.
Are you interview ready? Perhaps. But it will pay off to take things a step further by upgrading to get #INTERVIEWSTRONG.
#INTERVIEWSTRONG means you feel unshakeable clarity, confidence, and courage to attract new business your way or successfully get through a career transition or upgrade you desire.
A great place to start is to invest time in:
✅ reviewing your past professional challenges and triumphs
✅ reflecting on what you want for your career future
✅ reassessing your natural strengths that you can offer the world of work and where they are needed most
When you take the time to ask yourself and those you trust in your circle for authentic, caring feedback, you will most likely uncover engaging stories you can weave into your interviews or other presentations where you are in the hot seat. Approaching yourself as well as new and old connections with genuine curiosity often leads to new opportunities that may not have presented themselves to you in other ways.
One of the best ways to accomplish this is to ask insightful questions. The second step is to allow for ample time and a safe, supportive space so the answers can be revealed and explored. That's why I am sharing with you below some of my top questions I ask myself, clients, and a few game-changing questions those I have coached have asked me.
Sometimes those I coach feel stuck in a career or business rut. Other times things are going well at work but they want to make sure they are ready to represent their best, authentic self under pressure when needed. Starting out with intuitive, powerful questions helps begin the shift they are looking to create.
While asking these questions below, try to put any judgement of your answers or the responses of others to the side. When it feels right, gently probe further to keep the insight flowing or conversation going so you can gain more information. When using these questions with others, be mindful to actively listen to the person responding. First share what you think you heard for clarification and because it helps the other person sense it matters to you what they are sharing. Often, being fully present like this also helps the person explain their reasoning further. It is those details where some of the best golden nuggets for marketing yourself are found (and here is another Upgrade My Interview™ activity you can download and print if you want to treasure hunt some more!).
Explore the answers and feedback that feels best and leave or put aside the rest.
Email me what you discovered or share your challenges about interviewing by direct messaging me on Instagram or LinkedIn.
Most of all, keep growing and glowing!
Questions to Ask Your Inner Guide
When was I feeling the most fulfilled this past year?
What accomplishments or challenges stand out in my career journey so far?
When I wake up in the morning, what comes across my mind first?
What are the lessons I've learned from my recent career situation?
Questions To Ask Your Trusted Colleagues
What do you notice that might distract or dilute from what I am trying to say when I communicate?
Will you do a practice interview with me by asking me these tougher questions I tend to struggle with and providing me feedback?
What do you consider as my top two ways I contribute around here?
Questions To Ask Your Coach, Mentor, or Other Career Supporters
What assessment or steps do you recommend for me to gain career clarity about my future path?
What barriers or areas for growth do you see in my way to achieving a promotion, career shift, or marketing my new business?
Do you know someone doing the work I'd prefer to do who might be open to a 15 minute informational interview about the pluses and minuses of their position?
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