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Holy Cow!

This almost sounds too good to be true….but my Career Informer, Yvonne, told me about this 6-month dream job at Murphy Goode Winery in Sonoma!  Want to share with you.  If you’re into wine and/or really good at social media networking, THIS is truly a dream job!

I need to let some of my career consulting clients know about this as well.  I know of several who are either laid off or stuck in a rut in their corporate job and this could be something they’d really go for (assuming they have the social media stuff “down” which I think a couple of them do!).  Competition’s going to be tough…but go for it!

Cheers!
Brian

www.briankurth.com

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THE ULTIMATE 40-HOUR CAREER TRANSITION PLAN
NOT YOUR USUAL HAPPY HOUR
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Please join Will Wiebe and me for a special Happy Hour and presentation of “The Ultimate 40-Hour Career Transition Plan”.

Changing jobs is always a challenge, even in the best of times. In today’s job market and economic environment, you particularly don’t need rhetoric about career transitioning; you need an action plan that will get you moving in the right direction. Will and I will take you through a 40-hour step-by step plan that will help you:

  • Identify your ideal type of work
  • Research companies/organizations in that field
  • Find contacts within these companies/organizations
  • Communicate with these contacts as potential mentors
  • Secure three mentors in your field of interest

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

WHAT:

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Networking, Brief Presentation, Q&A and Socializing (no-host Happy Hour)

WHERE:

Aura
1022 W. Burnside (across the street from Powell’s)
Portland, Oregon – Click here for a map

Please RSVP below…and please ask your friends to attend and RSVP as well! The more the merrier….
http://vocationvacations.com/MessagePages/2009May-HappyHour.php

Hi Friends,

I will be moderating a FANTASTIC panel of experts who work in animal-related fields TONIGHT at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific.

The panel includes Dr. Jon Geller (who, in his 40’s went back to school to become a vet!  Dr. Jon now practices in Colorado), Judy Robin (Horse Boarder and Stable Owner in Kentucky), Debi Ropes (Dog Daycare Owner in Colorado) and Paula Vellozzi (Alpaca Rancher/Breeder in Oregon).

If you’re like many of my career consulting clients, you’ve perhaps always dreamed about working in a career that involves animals, but have never known HOW to get into the business.   This is the perfect (FREE!) teleclass for you….please feel free to also tell your friends!

Sign-Up and Receive the Call-In Number Here!

Cheers,
Brian

www.briankurth.com

Hi Portland Friends (and for those of you not in Portland, please check my “events” page so we can catch up in person when I’m in NYC, Chicago, LA, etc)!

Changing jobs is always a challenge, even in the best of times. In today’s job market and economic environment, you particularly don’t need rhetoric about career transitioning; you need an action plan that will get you moving in the right direction.

Join Career Coach Will Wiebe and me for a special Happy Hour and presentation of “The Ultimate 40-Hour Career Transition Plan”.

Will and I will take you through a 40-hour step-by step plan that will help you:

  • Identify your ideal type of work
  • Research companies/organizations in that field
  • Find contacts within these companies/organizations
  • Communicate with these contacts as potential mentors
  • Secure three mentors in your field of interest

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

WHAT:

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. – networking and socializing (no-host Happy Hour)
6:15 – 6:45 p.m. – Brian and Will present “The Ultimate 40-Hour Career Transition Plan” followed by a Q & A
6:45 – 7:30 p.m. – More fun, socializing and networking (no-host Happy Hour)

WHERE:

Aura
1022 W. Burnside (across the street from Powell’s)
Portland, Oregon – Click here for a map

Please RSVP Here!

Cheers!
Brian

www.briankurth.com

I love this article in tomorrow’s St. Petersburg’s Times:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/article995245.ece

Martin’s story, like so many of my career consulting clients‘ stories, exemplify the benefits of taking a part-time job in one’s dream job while still working in the “non-dream job”.  You NEVER know where it may lead.  Moonlight!  If you can do it, do it!  It’s the best way to earn respect in a new field….network….and to learn on someone else’s dime!  Even in this challenging economy.

Onward in 2009!  Go for it….

Best,
Brian

www.briankurth.com

Whether by choice or necessity, it’s a challenging time to be looking for a job or exploring a new career.

That is why I invite you to join other experts and me for advice and guidance on exploring, discovering and transitioning to a new job or career.  Mark your calendars and please invite your friends for any or all of the following free events:

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29

Free Teleclass:  “How to Find a Career Working with Animals”

(The real ones, not the two-legged ones you might be currently working with on the job)

8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific

Brian Kurth and experts who have built their careers working with animals present an hour of insights and “how to’s” to help you plan and pursue a career working with animals. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP, CLICK HERE

 

MONDAY, MAY 4

Free Teleclass:  “Eight Steps to a Successful Career Change”

8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific

Whether you are looking for a new job, a totally new career or thinking of starting your own business, Brian Kurth and his panel of experts will offer specific, practical strategies to help you develop a plan of action.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP, CLICK HERE

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

Career Transition Happy Hour (No Host)

Portland, Oregon

5:30pm – 7:30pm Pacific

Aura

1022 W. Burnside, across from Powell’s Books

Fun networking combined with a presentation of “The Ultimate 40-Hour Career Transition Plan” by Brian Kurth and Will Wiebe, a Portland career coach. Hear about an action plan that will get you moving in the right direction.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP, CLICK HERE

Hi Everyone!

I am spending time working through the nuts and bolts of what I consider the EIGHT most important components of a successful career transition with my career transitioning clients.  I am sharing a top-level overview of these eight components with you.  Obviously, as we “peel back the onion” together in one-on-one career consultation, there’s a lot more hard work to be done for EACH component.  That goes without saying, I suppose.  But, this gives you an initial feel for the eight key components. As always, I’m here to assist you in your career transition.   Additionally, if your company, alumni association or club/organization would like to organize a teleclass based on these eight key components,  I am happy to host such a teleclass.  

KURTH’S KEY COMPONENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL CAREER TRANSITION

1.  Define What a “Great Job” Is

What are your passions and interests? What activities give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction?  The career transition process gives you the opportunity to explore, experiment and discover what a “great job” means and how to pursue it.

2.  Address Fear

Financial instability, family disruption, giving up an identity, failing at something new.  These are all fears that may stand in your way of successful career transition. The biggest thing you can do to get past these fears is to meet them head-on. Bring these deepest fears to light and examine them with reason; talk about them; play each one out to its most irrational end. What is the worst thing that could happen?

3.  Create an Action Plan with a Timeline and Goals

Pursuing the ideal career is less a leap than a series of incremental steps that move you closer to your goal. What is critical to reaching that goal is making sure the steps you follow are the right ones. An action plan is needed.  If you make a list of all the things you need to learn and do in order to realize a great new job, you will have mapped out a plan for moving ahead.  A knowledgeable action plan provides you with the power to forge ahead.

4.  Find a Mentor

Inspirational, experienced, realistic, forthcoming and optimistic.  A good mentor is all of these things and eager to help someone else get started.  Recruiting a mentor who is a good match for you requires following a plan of action, asking the right questions and building a mutually satisfying relationship.  Having a mentor is at the crux to a successful career transition.  Whether you are 20-something, 30-something, 40-something, 50-something or even 60-something, you need a mentor in your desired career.   

5.  Test-Drive A New Job or Career

There’s no better way to learn than by doing. Test-driving a new job with a mentor provides a hands-on experience that has the potential to change your life. This is the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the job, how you feel about the day-to-day activities and what it takes to succeed.  The volunteer mentorship experience gives you the required personal and professional due diligence you need prior to making a career transition.

6.  Create Your Professional Brand

Your professional brand (including a professional biography, in addition to your resume) separates you from your competitors and colleagues. Professional branding is not about building a persona.  Instead, it is a way for you to maximize your key passions, attributes, skills, strengths and values – and use them to differentiate yourself in the workplace.

7.  Network, Network, Network

You need to reach out to people with similar interests and goals. Additionally, you need to do your homework and access resources ranging from LinkedIn, Yahoo!Groups, Twitter, etc. within the online social networking world, to the good, old-fashioned one-on-one interaction with people in the field you are exploring, as well as business and university alumni associations.  

8.  Establish Thresholds

The biggest benefit to a successful career transition is increased life satisfaction. It is important to understand how much risk, challenge and uncertainty one can tolerate before the life satisfaction goal becomes blurred by the process.  The career transition process is as much about what you learn on the journey as the rewards when you reach your destination.

Cheers!
Brian

www.briankurth.com

www.vocationvacations.com 

My Career Transition book:  Test-Drive Your Dream Job:  A Step-By-Step Guide To Finding And Creating The Work You Love (Hachette, 2008)

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