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How Do You Successfully Ride the Waves of an Unpredictable Job Market?

When I go paddle boarding on the lake or river, I first try to predict what the conditions will be like by using the tools I have at my fingertips.

This includes a lake information app indicating the speed of the current, a weather app predicting wind speeds, and an app showing where there’s high boat traffic.

These are all important factors to take into consideration when planning a safe and fun day on the water.

But no matter how good those apps typically work, I know there’s a certain level of unpredictability involved.

Winds can change direction. Water currents can change speeds. And when paddling on a river with many twists and turns, tailwinds can become headwinds as I follow its course.

Not to mention, I never know when a boat is coming that could create some strong wake, making it more challenging to balance on my board.

When such changes occur, I have to adapt quickly. I may have to adjust my paddle stroke, change my footing on my board, move to another area on the water, or speed up.

Trying to stick with the original plan will no longer work with these changes.

Adaptable career coaching for an unpredictable job market

Similarly, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the job market the past two years due to the pandemic. Everything from furloughs and layoffs, to labor shortages and the Great Resignation.

The pendulum has swung from one extreme to another in record time. No one could’ve predicted this.

For people who prefer to be proactive in their career plans, they didn’t have this luxury during the pandemic. So much unexpected change, in a short period of time, forced people to be reactive.

I’m one of those people who prefers to be proactive, and enjoys working with proactive clients. We should all make plans for our career paths.

But a career coaching program will not work if it doesn’t adapt and shift with an unpredictable job market, or with the twists and turns of your job search.

This is why paNASH’s career coaching services are designed to adapt to both an unpredictable job market, and to unexpected shifts in your own career.

These services meet you where you are, help you plan where to go next, and adjust when the unpredictable occurs. This happens in a few different ways.

Tips and advice the moment you need it

First, the paNASH online video course was created with your most immediate job search needs in mind.

While other online job search courses make you wait for a live start date, paNASH’s program is available on-demand. This lets you start as soon as you need it. And it allows you to work at your own pace.

In addition, you can start with whichever job search or career development topic is most imperative to you at the moment.

Some other job search courses are set up as five- or six-week courses. And you have to wait, for instance, until week four, to learn about how to improve your interview skills.

What good is this if you get a call from an employer wanting to interview you next week?

If you need help preparing for an interview sooner than later, you can immediately access this topic from the paNASH video course, instead of having to wait several weeks for the information.

The online program is so flexible, it lets you jump around from topic to topic, allowing you to choose which order to complete the course.

And you can access the program whenever you want, without having to wait for the release of the next course.

Plus, I keep the information up-to-date by adding new downloadable handouts to the videos. For example, there are now new handouts with job search tips specific to navigating a post-COVID job market.

Personalized career coaching assistance in an unpredictable job market

Second, paNASH’s one-on-one career coaching services are personalized and tailored to your specific needs.

For instance, I once had a client who was seeking a job involving a lot of presentations and public speaking. Therefore, she knew she’d likely have to give a presentation as part of her interview process. She chose to use one of her coaching sessions for a critique of her presentation skills.

You can also use your sessions however you want to. The one-on-one coaching packages include the on-demand video course. As a result, this frees up the coaching session time, so we can focus on your unique and most immediate needs.

paNASH has a very organized and ordered plan in place for career coaching. But life and the job market doesn’t always happen in an orderly way.

Just like conditions on the water can change, so can the conditions of your job search or career plan. Tailwinds can turn into headwinds, and vice versa.

For example, some companies take a long time to schedule interviews or make job offers. But others want to interview you as soon as possible.

Also, many clients realize during the coaching process they may be on the wrong career path, and need to consider alternatives to their plan, or make a career change.

This could include changing industries or job functions, starting their own business, or going back to school.

paNASH has assisted clients in each of these areas, making the shift much smoother and quicker for them.

Finding your next opportunity sooner than later

Third, paNASH’s career coaching services keep up with your pace.

For example, if you’re in the career exploration program and make your discovery before using all of your sessions, you can easily shift your remaining sessions into the job search program.

And if you find a job before completing the job search program (which has happened several times), you can use your remaining sessions for the next coaching phase, which prepares you for your first year on your new job.

In other words, your sessions are never wasted. And, if you experience a tailwind and things happen faster than planned, you don’t have to buy a whole new package when you move from one program to the next.

This flexibility is just one of the many things paNASH clients appreciate about the service they receive.

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If you’ve experienced several unpredictable twists and turns on your career path in recent times, despite being proactive, and need someone to help you adjust and adapt, let me know. I’d love to help you.

For more information, please complete the paNASH intake form to schedule a complimentary initial consultation. Filling out the form doesn’t obligate you in any way. I look forward to hearing from you and assisting you!

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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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13 Life and Career Lessons Uncovered in an Unexpected Way

The weather is finally getting warmer! For me, this means it’s the beginning of stand up paddle boarding season.

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paNASH owner Lori Bumgarner with QuickBlade owner Jim Terrell

Just last week I had the opportunity to train with former canoeing Olympian and pro paddle boarder, Jim Terrell, also owner of Quickblade Paddles.

He taught me advanced level paddle techniques so I can increase my speed and perfect my paddle stroke.

If it’s not already obvious, stand up paddling (SUP) is one of my passions.

In fact, I love it so much, I’ve found a way to incorporate it into my passion and career coaching business.

How, you might ask?

Well, every paddle season, I take my clients out for a beginner SUP lesson. This is easy to do since I have two paddle boards and have previous experience teaching beginners.

The purpose of taking clients out paddle boarding is to get them out of their regular environment which gives them a different perspective on their current situation.

It also melts away their current stresses and rejuvenates their thought process.

The session starts with about 20 minutes of basic SUP instruction for them to start feeling comfortable on a board.

At first they’re worried about falling off the board into the water. It’s all they can think about as they attempt to stand up on the board for the first time.

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Once they start to get the hang of it, we begin our typical career coaching discussion to go over the client’s current needs as we paddle down the river.

When we head back toward the harbor, I usually ask the client,

“When was the last time you thought about falling in the water?”

They suddenly realize they haven’t thought about it all. It’s kind of like a light bulb moment where they realize they accomplished something they weren’t sure they’d be able to do.

At that moment I can see a huge boost in their confidence.

They begin noticing all the nature surrounding them and realize how much the water has calmed them from their worries and stresses about their career troubles.

That’s when they usually say to me,

“This was wonderful. It was just what I needed. And it was fun!”

I love to hear that from my clients.

What they don’t expect though are all the parallels between the beginner SUP lesson and the life and career lessons from our coaching sessions.

At the end of the paddle session, I give my clients a copy of those lessons for them to keep and to remember.

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13 Life and Career Lessons from SUP

SUP: Always be safe – use proper equipment, stay out of boat traffic, know when to return to lower your center of gravity.

Life and Career: Prepare and plan for potential life and career bumps and crises.

SUP: Select correct fit for board size and paddle length.

Life and Career: Understand the importance of fit for career choice.

SUP: Hold the paddle correctly.

Life and Career: Use the tools you’ve been given to succeed correctly.

SUP: Place your hands on the paddle at 90 degree angles, keeping elbows/arms straight, allowing you to dig the paddle deeper into the water. (Biggest mistake for beginners: Not putting their paddle in the water deep enough.)

Life and Career: Reach further and dig deeper. You will learn more about yourself.

SUP: Keep your paddle close to the board’s rails so you can paddle straight.

Life and Career: Keep close to your core values to stay on the straight and narrow path.

SUP: A wider stance on the board makes the board more stable.

Life and Career: A wider network and a wider set of skills equals a more stable career.

SUP: Keep your head up and yours eyes straight ahead when standing up. (Don’t look down, look straight ahead.)

Life and Career: Keep your eye on the horizon. Don’t look down and don’t look back.

SUP: Once up, you will stabilize as soon as you put your paddle into the water.

Life and Career: You have to stand up and risk feeling insecure before you can feel secure again. A little fear, discomfort and unstableness can be a good thing.

SUP: If you fall, you should fall away from the board. Get back on the board in the middle from the side, never from the back of the board.

Life and Career: If you fall, get back up. There’s no need to start all over. Just pick up in the middle where you left off.

SUP: Stay on the sides of the river (10–20 yards from river bank), do not cross in front of boats or barges, and do not paddle in the middle of the river when there’s boat traffic.

Life and Career: Stay out of the middle of unnecessary drama.

SUP: Pay attention to the river’s current – when it’s stronger, go upstream first so you won’t be too fatigued coming back.

Life and Career: When feeling overwhelmed, it’s best to deal with the bigger/tougher issues first so you won’t have to exert too much energy when you’re already tired at the end of a task.

SUP: Handle wake by paddling straight into the waves or return to your knees to lower your center of gravity.

Life and Career: Face challenges head on, and know how to pick your battles.

SUP: Pay attention to headwinds and tailwinds. Tailwinds are easier; headwinds are good training to make you a stronger paddler when done safely.

Life and Career: Struggle doesn’t always equal failure, and ease doesn’t always equal success.

One of the reasons why I love sports and recreational activities like SUP so much is because of all the life lessons they provide us.

What are your passions? What life lessons have you gained from them? Please respond and share!

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