quarterly Newsletter designed to give you
information to enhance your career
and life satisfaction.
Volume 2, October 2003
many people, fall is a time of transition: kids going
back to school, shorter days, end of daylight savings
time, falling leaves. No matter how satisfied we are,
the seasons help us remember that we need to let go of
some things and move on to others. Because fall is a time
of transition and change, it can be a good time to reevaluate
your career even though it is a slow economy.
are some tips to help you stay focused in a tough economy,
especially if you are thinking about a new job or a career
Stay in control
No matter how difficult things are in your life, there
are always areas that you can control. What are the critical
things you need to do to continue moving forward in your
life and career? What can you control? Whether it is cleaning
up the house, sending resumes out, or exercising, there
are always things you can do.
are crucial things you need in your life for peace, joy
and stress reduction? Is it walking your dog, eating chocolate,
doing yoga, a family dinner? What are things you can do
every day that will make a difference? Accomplishing small
things each day can make a change. Doing for others is
also helpful. Keep in mind you are living in a country
where you have freedom and choices. You live better than
probably 90% of the world.
"With a little help from my friends"
Research shows over and over again that stress is greatly
reduced by having support from friends and family. Networking,
networking, networking. Fortunately, it works. In tough
times, this is probably one of the best ways to get a
job. The old adage- "It's not what you know, but who you
know" makes a big difference. Let friends and family know
you are looking for new work by letter, E-mail or phone
and be specific about what you are looking for.
Know and Honor Yourself, especially your abilities.
The more you know about your own abilities and how to
incorporate them in your life, the more successful you
will be. What kind of work makes you feel like time is
suspended? What activities would you do even if you weren't
getting paid because you enjoy them so much?
of the primary characteristics of happy, productive successful
people is that they see themselves in a future that feels
positive and attainable."
"A defining characteristic of people experiencing stress,
depression, burnout, boredom, is that they do not see
themselves in a future that feels positive."
From The Lemming Conspiracy-How to Direct Your Life
from Stress to Balance by Bob McDonald and Don Hutcheson.
The economy will change.
History shows that we will not be in this situation for
the rest of our lives. We have all been in hard times
and know that eventually we move on and the situation
does improve. Look at how you handled yourself during
other challenging times or observe how other people react
in tough times. We are never too old to learn lessons.
Research about Career Development
Business Review-1999 "How to Stay Stuck in the Wrong Career"
by Herminia Ibarra
article looks at the difference between the person who
yearns for change yet stays put and the person who takes
the leap to find renewed fulfillment at mid-career.
article states that "finding one's mission cannot be accomplished
over night." It takes time, perseverance, and hard work.
It stresses the importance of TAKING ACTION vs. reflection
and DOING, instead of planning. Instead of looking for
a 10 point plan, accept a crooked path. We have to be
open and flexible. People in transition often spend too
much time reflecting and researching instead of acting.
We need to get out of our heads and need to act. The article
also emphasizes the importance of trying out new activities
and roles before making a major commitment to a different
People Self-Report Abilities?
Highlands Ability Profile measures people's innate
aptitudes. A research study was done to see if people
could "self-report" their aptitudes without taking
a formal assessment, such as The Highlands Ability
Profile on a CD.
study at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia
by Dr. Tom Tavantis and Peter Marabella looked at
how well people can predict their own abilities.
Through testing and research, they found self-report
did not produce accurate results. In conclusion,
a self assessment of one's own hard-wired abilities
is difficult to obtain and not accurate.
Peter Drucker's emphasis on "knowing oneself and
increasing productivity," it may well make sense
to pay attention to having people use assessments
instead of self-report to identify driving abilities
and align with work roles.
on Assessments with CSU graduate students
sample of Colorado State University graduate students
from ages 22-48 were required to take the Highlands
Ability Battery, Myers Briggs, Strong Interest Inventory
and True Colors as part of their training in a Counseling
and Career Development Course. They were asked to
rank the effectiveness of all four inventories in
guiding for future careers decisions. The rankings
were the following:
Highlands Program - 48%
Strong Interest Inventory -28.5%
True Colors - 19%
Myers Briggs -4.5%
study helps to show that students found The Highlands
Ability Battery was the most helpful for guiding
future career decisions.
Matters offers the following programs for people experiencing
career change, recent college graduates, students, those
recently laid off, or anyone who wants to make a life
with Career Matters
with Career Matters Assessments are the best way to gain
more insight into oneself, one's abilities and temperament.
The three assessments most utilized are:The
Highlands Ability Profile available
on a CD, the Strong Interest Inventory, and the Myers
This 60 minute session focuses on a client's work history,
education, present goals, and issues. The client receives
feedback on strengths, career possibilities, leads, and
an action plan to follow.
This is our most popular program. It includes taking the
3 1/2-hour Highlands Ability Battery available on a CD,
Strong Interest Inventory, and the Myers Briggs. A 2-hour
feedback session integrates results from all the tests.
Clients will receive information regarding careers that
match abilities, interests, personalities, and compatible
work roles, and industries. The test is applicable for
ages 16 and up. This has been very popular with new college
graduates and also those who have been recently laid off.
a participant of this program: "Thank goodness for The
Highlands Program and the way it is designed to give such
specific feedback on a person's gifts and styles of work."
This is a 3-hour group session with other people in transition
that includes feedback on The Highlands Ability Program.
Participants will learn about aptitudes, skills, optimal
work environment, compatible work roles and possible career
suggestions. All programs include a plan of action.
next dates for group assessments are:
October 20, 2003 6:00pm-9:00pm
November 17, 2003 6:00pm-9:00pm
January 7, 2004 6:00pm-9:00pm
Career Vision Group
A 6-week group for women wanting to develop themselves,
create meaningful avocations or passions, or wanting to
make a career change. Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 13th at
Call 720-489-9409 for more info and costs.
Also available is our popular half day programs for
corporations: focusing on your unique abilities. Lunchtime
and keynote speaking offered.
coaching is also available.
The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers: The Guide
for Achieving Success and Satisfaction by James
M. Citrin, and Richard A. Smith, Crown Business Publishers,
from amazon.com and local bookstores. Written by consultants
from a head-hunting firm, the book offers valuable and
specific information about five patterns to manage your
career. For example, one of their patterns is: Find
the Right Fit. If you don't have passion for what you
are doing, move on to something else. It is well written,
an easy read, and very interesting case studies.
is achievement's soul mate. Action is the matchmaker that
brings these affinities together so that sparks can begin
and we can set the world on fire."
Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach