"Executive Job Search: With Help From An Executive Coach"

By Executive Coach Moe Nawaz

Got a difficult problem in your job search as an executive?

Say, a lack of networking contacts? Or trouble answering interview questions?

Well, you've got company. Problems in a job search are as common as mosquitoes in July.

But … have you ever written your problem down on a piece of paper?

I'll bet you haven't.

Because, when you write problems down, you take an immediate, huge leap towards solving them. Think about it: Every great invention or solution, from the atomic bomb to the Xbox, was first worked out on paper.

Why not solve your employment problems the same way?

Here's a three-step method that will help you do it …

1) Start by asking the right questions

Most folks put themselves behind the eight ball in their job search by asking questions that are depressing and de-motivating.

Questions like, Why won't anyone give me a job? or How do I network when I don't know anyone?

Ack. Pass the happy pills.

Well as an executive coach, I would ask you to change the questions around into positive ones.

Instead, start asking questions that motivate and inspire you.

As an executive coach I would ask you ask better questions like:

* How could I give people a reason to call me with job leads?

* How did my 10 closest friends find their current jobs? How could I brainstorm with them and use their methods in my job hunt?

* What worked in my last job search? The job search before? How could I do that again?

Ask any executive coach and he will tell you to: Ask questions that you yourself can solve. Never depend on the government, your school, parents, family — anyone else — to do this for you. Because, once you give up responsibility for solving problems with your job search (or anything else), you become a prisoner of outside forces.

As an executive coach, I would ask the right questions, however, you're halfway to the answer. So write down at least five empowering questions about your job search, right now.

Then, you're ready for step two …

2) Brainstorm at least 20 possible answers after you write down five good questions, circle the one question that looks most promising. You're going to use it to get hired faster

As an executive Coach I am going to advise you to write the following question down at the top of a clean sheet of paper:

How could I give people a reason to call me with job leads?

Write a number 1 below it. Write a possible answer next to that number. Then move on to number 2, 3 . and don't stop until you have at least 20 answers to your question.

Not 15 or 19, but 20 answers — or more.

As your executive coach and mentor, there's a reason for this: Left to its own devices, your brain will pull a Homer Simpson after two minutes and try to talk you into going out for donuts or beer. Brains hate to think. Like bench pressing, thinking is strenuous work, no matter how good it may be for you.

So my task as your personal executive coach and mentor is to make sure you do what is right for you, right now not tomorrow or next week, that what we executive coaches do.

But don't let your head off the hook. Don't stop until you get 20 possible solutions. Brainstorm as if your career depended on the outcome. Because it does trust me, remember I am your executive coach to help you get that job you want.

Well. Most of your 20 answers won't be very good — that's OK. Your best answer may come right after the most hare-brained. By forcing yourself to write out 20 answers, you're flushing the creative pipes while going deep into your subconscious mind to dredge up a winner. Am I right?

Don't knock it until you try it!

3) Take action on one solution today

As your executive coach I am going to ask you to choose the most promising from your list of 20 answers. Then, get started — today — to make it happen. No excuses or I will be over to kick your ass.

Let's say the most actionable of your solutions is to throw a networking party where you can meet friends, family and acquaintances, and let them know about your job search.

Now. What do you need to do to make this party happen? I am asking you this as your executive coach would.

Well, you have to make the guest list, send invitations, get the food, etc. So write down all the sub-goals necessary for the party to be a success. Check each sub-goal off your list as you complete it. Before you know it, your networking party will be a reality. Remember to invite your executive coach over, lol.

After that, take the next most-promising solution from your list of 20 and make that one happen. Repeat until hired.

As a mastermind executive coach I have seen this work time and time over, here's why these 3 steps work when it comes to solving problems — clear thinking plus continuous action equals results.

If you're struggling to find a job, write down clear, empowering questions of your situation. Then, brainstorm at least 20 possible solutions and take action on the best one today. When you do, you'll be that much closer to getting the job you really want, faster.

Now, go out and make your own luck from your mastermind executive coach.

Moe Nawaz – Author – Speaker – Small Business Coach

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Moe Nawaz
Moe Nawaz, has been engineering strategies for struggling businesses & making good businesses great since 1989. “Whilst my competitors are very good at what they do, I have a much greater commitment to finding strategic solutions quickly, easily, safely, enjoyably and more predictably than any of my rivals.” “I am better at both minimising your liabilities and maximising your gains. I can also show you more legal and ethical short cuts, quick fixes and fast track strategies than anyone else operating in this marketplace”.(read more about Moe Nawaz).

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