Legal careers are changing. The pace and nature of client work, the impact of new technology, global markets/Brexit, diversity targets and career aspirations are leading to changes both in opportunity and expectation for lawyers.
Evidence indicates that careers are no longer for life. Furthermore the art of ‘getting along’ with your colleagues appears to have diminished, writes David Bredin, and this has led to an increase in communication problems and at times, hostility. Neither bodes well for business or any kind of relationship in a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected.
The study's authors make the following recommendations:
If you're an employer, what other steps can you take to encourage consistent evaluation and decision making? If you're a candidate, should you ask where you are in the schedule? Would you?
** How quickly do interviewers reach decisions? An examination of interviewers' decision-making time across applicants, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Volume 89, Issue 2, pages 223–248, June 2016
Coaching is now a firmly established means of effectively developing the skills and performance of people, with over 90% of UK organisations employing them for their staff. This is supported by research which demonstrates the effectiveness of coaching on:
One of the major benefits of coaching is the vast range of styles and approaches employed by different coaches which, in principle, means it is easier to find those who will fit best with your people and culture. We know that, assuming you are selecting from an equally competent group of coaches, choosing the one with whom you feel the most rapport and trust ('chemistry') will significantly enhance the success of the outcome [TWEET THIS]. However that is also one of the problems facing buying organisations in that it can be difficult to access an appropriate range of coaches and also know how to assess and select the right coaches for their people to choose from.
Our coach panel provides a flexible and easily accessed source of high quality professional coaching for your organisation. Our assessment and selection processes mean we have already sourced highly experienced and high calibre coaches, from which you and your people need just to choose the 'best fit'. With our coach panel:
Working with our coach panel means that you benefit from coach choice along with a consistent, quality assured approach. Our established and effective coaching process provides for flexible and responsive delivery with none of the hassle for you.
When you are embarking on a coaching experience whether for yourself or your people, you will begin in the strongest possible way by having the choice as to the coach you will work with. In a later article I will offer advice to help you to make the best coach selection for you or your people.
Career coaching is designed to help you achieve the satisfaction and success you seek in your working life TWEET THIS. This may address a wide range of topics but typically includes one or more of:
Career Assessment and Counselling
Assistance in Getting a New Job
At Managing Change we believe that do our best work and perform most optimally when we find fulfilment and satisfaction in what we do. Our coaching programmes are designed to help you and your people to achieve that satisfaction and success.
When we are asked to assist job seekers who are struggling to get invited to interview, we frequently find that their CVs are selling them short. The purpose of a CV is to get you an interview – no more, no less. It is your ‘shop window’ and the first look a prospective employer has of your skills, experiences and approach. If they like what they see they will invite you in for a meeting – a job interview. If you are applying for jobs and not getting interviews there is a strong likelihood that your CV is not working for you.
Here are some common mistakes to be aware of:
Finally, after the time and effort you have put into creating your CV, don't forget to check:
If you’re in the market for a new job at the moment, whether through choice or necessity, the chances are you are looking for that new job using the following sources:
You may be quickly successful at finding your new job with these sources, after all, they are advertising real, current vacancies (usually!). However if you can find these job ads, so can thousands of other people, and these people will comprise your competition. So, are there ways to increase your chances of success?
In short, the answer is yes. Experts suggest that when we look for jobs we typically take one of two different approaches:
1. passive job searching (ie., one of the above methods), OR
2. active job searching
In a recent study, 1,000 job searchers were studied to understand the approach they took to job searching and their corresponding success rates. The study found that 25% of the sample adopted active job searching methods, the remaining 75% relied solely on traditional, passive sources. They found:
So, what is active job searching?
Taking an active approach means adopting a different mindset or attitude to job searching, and being targeted and proactive in your activity. The following are typical active job search sources:
Networking usually tops the list of activities people feel least comfortable doing and yet we know that it is the single most effective means of getting a new job when used effectively. Use of business media such as LinkedIn enables you to utilise similar benefit from networking if the face-to-face variety is not for you.
For both active and passive job searchers, networking was reported as the number one most effective source of securing their last job. In order of use, it was down at number 7!
No one method is 100% successful. It therefore makes sense to use a combination of passive and active sources for your job searching. Remember to keep your progress under regular review; if after a period of time you have not been successful, change your approach.
Using on-line, written reference material, questionnaires and worksheets our career transition programmes enable you to make effective progress while benefiting from the ongoing support and guidance of a career coach.
If you could do with help in job searching, get in touch to see how we can help.