Archive for the ‘Transitions’ Category

Using LinkedIn For Local Job Search

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Assuming you have a LinkedIn profile (if not, WHY?), the next step is “working” it. Join professional groups where you ask and answer questions to spotlight your expertise. But more than that, join local LinkedIn groups where you may also find opportunities for face-to-face meetings. Some local groups even offer regular meet-ups where you may network in person with those whom you have met online.

As a Kansas City Career Coach, I recommend the following LinkedIn Groups for relationship-building online and in person in the Greater Kansas City Area. Contact me if you know of others:

* Kansas City Live Networking

* Linked to KC

* Kansas City Networking Society

If you want to relocate to another part of the country, look for online LinkedIn Groups to join in that area. Get job recommendations from Group members to pave the path to your new job before you physically relocate. When you make LinkedIn a part of your everyday social networking, you’ll be surprised at the rewards you reap.

Wishing you career success in 2012!

Meg

Change Is Bittersweet – Farewell to Kansas City! Career accolades to all!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Dear Former Clients, Prospects and Friends,

A person’s career path can take one in many directions. It may zig-zag; it may be windy. And it may not be that naturally ascending move-up, as some may desire.

Susan Ashley

With our troubling economy and this recession that has gripped us longer than we wanted, many of us found ourselves in a transition that we did not feel equipped to handle. Some of us remained employed and yet were able to move into another position in another company whether it was a step-up or a lateral move. Some of us landed in a new industry. Some took a few part-time jobs; some took a position lower on the totem pole, until they could find one that was more suited. Some of us were unemployed for months. Some of us moved to another state.

So many stories. All of them extremely important. Thank you to everyone who shared them with me in the last three years. Coaching is a very helpful component in the job search. Looking for the right job can be one of the hardest jobs there is.  Having the support, coaching and mentoring from one or many persons can be instrumental to success. There are no failures; if you experienced some setbacks, then it is a benchmark to your next success.

My husband has been working in Iowa for almost two years, and now it is time for me to join him. I will miss Kansas City; this is my home. Yet I will be back many times -  just a five hour drive from Iowa City to Kansas City.

Career services are services that I personally think are very helpful at every level of one’s career journey. So it is with that belief that I am transferring my business to a well established Executive Career Coach, Meg Montford. Meg offers coaching services and so much more! She will weave Kansas City Career Services into her own brand. Don’t be shy; continue with your inquiries. Please read her intro below.

Most of all: be proactive, keep taking that next positive step after the last, push yourselves, and live the life you want! Thank You, Good Luck and a Happy & Prosperous 2012 to all of you!

Sincerely, Susan Ashley

Meet Meg Montford

Hello Everyone!

With great enthusiasm I introduce myself to you. As a professional career coach and resume writer, I have offered career services to Kansas City area professionals since 1999 when I launched my business, Abilities Enhanced® – an online career services boutique. Over the years I’ve earned several career coaching and resume writing credentials to help me better help you. My “story” is on my main website waiting for you to read.Meg Montford

My hope is to get to know you better over the next few weeks through email messages, telephone conversations, and a get-acquainted complimentary teleconference. But don’t wait for me to contact you! If you currently have career needs, please reach out to me now. My office phone is 816.767.1196 and my direct email address is mailto:meg@abilitiesenhanced.com. Let’s chat!

Change is never easy, whether it’s changing jobs, relocating, or doing a complete career reinvention. Job seekers know that, as I’m sure Susan does, too, as she starts her new life with a new job in a new city. I wish her all the best, as I know you do, too.

Some housekeeping notes: the phone number has been changed to 816.767.1196 at kansascitycareerservices.com and there are a few other changes coming to the website in the near future, so please bear with us as information is updated.

As you and I move forward with this transition, please take a moment to “approve” my email address in your email system. It’s no fun if you miss important emails due to over-zealous junk filters.

I look forward to connecting with you very soon.

Wishing you career success in 2012!

Meg Montford, Executive Career Coach