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How to Find Guidance and Stability for a Successful Job Search

Recently, I was interviewed for a podcast on the topic of career guidance. One of the questions I got was, “What’s one object that reflects your passion, and in what ways?” The object I chose was the fin from my standup paddle board. If you’ve spent any time reading this blog, you know how passionate I am about paddle boarding!

So how does the fin from my SUP board also reflect my passion for my work as a career coach?

If you ever try paddle boarding without a fin, you’ll quickly realize something isn’t right. Instead of your board going in a straight direction as it should, it twists and turns in every other direction.

This happened a few years ago when I gave my late uncle a paddle boarding lesson, and the board he borrowed from his friend didn’t have a fin. I could tell his board was all over the place and he was struggling. I told him to trade boards with me so he wouldn’t have to struggle so much while learning.

Once I got on his finless board, I could feel just how out of control it was. It was nearly impossible for me to get the board going in the right direction, despite my advanced paddling skills from several years of experience.

This is how many job seekers’ job search looks and feels. They start their job search by applying to any and all job ads they might be qualified for, without focusing on the direction they want to take their career. This is especially true if they want to make a career change, but haven’t yet determined what kind of change it might be.

Stability and guidance in the job search

Career coaching acts much like the fin on a stand up paddle board. The fin doesn’t move your board for you. You’re the one who has to use the paddle to do so. But the fin does help stabilize and guide your board to keep you going in the right direction, while also allowing for exploration of your surroundings.

Career coaching doesn’t find a job for you. You’re the one who has to go on the interviews and land the job. But career coaching helps guide your job search and keeps you going in the right direction based on your skill set, experience and passions. It gives you the space to explore different options without spinning around and losing focus on your professional goals.

Does your job search feel like it’s all over the place with no real guidance or focus? If so, paNASH can help! Click here to complete the paNASH intake form and schedule a complimentary initial consultation.

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paNASH Success Story: Client finds job after just 4 sessions

Since transitioning from a fasionista to a “passionista” in the first quarter of 2016, I am already seeing success in my new clients’ pursuit of their passions, especially when it comes to their careers. For instance, last week one of my clients who has been out of a work for 2.5 years found a job after just four sessions with me. And she didn’t find just any job. It was a job related to her areas of interests and skills with opportunities to move up and the ability to work remotely, which saves her money in gas, car and daycare expenses!

Not only that, being able to work remotely will allow my client the schedule to continue her passion of rescuing and placing dogs, something she did full-time while unemployed, creating her own non-profit for homeless dogs. In addition, being able to work remotely will allow her the flexibility to learn some new skills she’s been wanting to develop so she can use her creativity and eventually move up in her new company.


The remaining time working with this client will be spent helping her set herself up for success in her new role with onboarding coaching and preparation for a promotion sooner rather than later. I will also work with her on other long-term career and passion goals, and will help her improve her networking skills since networking doesn’t end after getting a job. It’s continuous and necessary for future success!

Need help with your own success story? Get started with the complimentary 8-Step Goal-Achievement Plan. Need some personal assistance? Complete the paNASH intake form and we’ll get in touch with you to set up an initial consultation.

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