What the hell is a career transition coach? Seriously, that's what I said. I had no clue. And I had no intentions of finding out. I'd never needed coaching in my career before. Why would I need it now?
But then I thought it over. It's a free service (the tab being so generously picked up by the folks who gave me the boot). It's a reason to get out of the house and spend an afternoon in the city. And furthermore, the older I get the more I realize that new experiences are the spice of life (cue breezy New Age music here). Plus... did I mention it's a free service? Who am I to turn down "free"?
So I donned my city-walkin' shoes (aka... black Converse) hopped a train and trekked on in. I met with a very nice woman who basically brainstormed with me for 90-minutes. We talked about my career goals, my book, my dreams, my current work situation, my resume, and the fact that I was not "laid off" but "due to downsizing and the current economic climate, my position has been eliminated." It was a very worthwhile appointment.
Will it help me snag the job of my dreams? Probably not since my dream job entails sitting on the front porch of my seaside bungalow in jammies and mukluks working on the next great children's fantasy novel. But then again, she did give me some nice ideas for marketing my book. And I was able to analyze my strengths, reformat my resume, and come up with a sweet little personal pitch for myself. Ahem...
"Professional writer, author & speaker specializing in girl empowerment issues"
Still out of work, but I can pitch my ass off! Whooooo!
Apparently everyone needs a pitch these days. You know what that means, Mamas. Let's hear your personal pitches!