Right now, unemployment rates are at an all-time high and many are faced with job loss. Others are facing the decision on whether to make a career move during a pandemic, and recent high school and college grads might be facing the question, "Where do I go from here?" PeopleKeys offers resources to help you figure out which career path aligns closely with your personal strengths so you can make the right decision for yourself.
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What do you want to be when you grow up?
I think back to my childhood and the expectations of adults to answer this question. Not only from family members, but then the hard-skills assessments thrown at me in middle school, then high-school, and even again in college as I was struggling to figure out where I truly belonged. Having no real working knowledge of what a “career” was supposed to look like, I knew I had a natural talent in art, and at the time computers were the way of the future.
Today, career coaches hold a valuable place in society as they help people find roles that are fulfilling, challenging, and exciting. To achieve this, career and guidance counselors at high schools as well as independent coaches need as much information about their clients as possible to encourage them to make good decisions.
If you had the option of either seeing a one-dimensional or a four-dimensional view of a product you were about to purchase online, which one would you choose? Personally, I’d want as much information as possible to base my decision on before I surrendered my credit card digits. I guess that’s fitting for my high-C personality style, but I suspect, you too would take the extra info, especially if it didn’t require extra research on your part to get it. In the world of talent management, PeopleKeys 4D assessment tool is not only a multi-dimensional view of behavior, but it’s also a highly versatile tool for many business applications.
While being a life coach can be a rewarding career, it’s not for everyone. You have to have a passion for helping others achieve their goals, be able to speak the relational language of your clients to connect with them individually, and know the secret to motivating people to keep them moving forward even when they resist. Working with people requires patience and other soft skills you learn to develop through experience and different training methods, such as certification in behavioral analysis.
You may be interested in learning the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not estimate the number of career changes the average person is likely to experience in the course of their working lives. Why is this so? BLS notes a lack of consensus among economists, sociologists, career-guidance and labor market professionals, and statistician entities regarding the definition of “career” and “career changes,” thus forgoing the opportunity to capture such estimates.
Change is a challenge for most people, with fear being the main driver that holds one back. Fear can cause the bravest individual to seize up instantly, and when it comes to a career or job change fear can kick into overdrive. You might hate where you are right now and want to leave a bad job or company, or start a business on your own, but your fears take over your mind. You end up becoming your own worst enemy; caught up in a vicious cycle of self-doubt, negativity, and inevitably feeling “stuck.”
The beautiful colors of Fall had me thinking about the different stages of our careers and how personal growth coaching is different in each phase. You can benefit at any point from a life coach to help you set and reach your goals for that “season” of your work life. There’s also a possibility to go through any of these stages more than once, depending on your choices. So, let’s look at what I mean by the “seasons” of your career.
Picture this: you've just graduated from high school and you're standing in the middle of your graduation party surrounded by family and friends. You're enjoying the social time with some of your fellow classmates when all of a sudden your Aunt Patty appears, seemingly out of nowhere, puts you on the spot, and begins asking you what feels like a series of never-ending questions: "So, what are you going to do now?
In an interview, you can put your best foot forward by using your knowledge of DISC personality types to land you the job of your dreams.
Job interviews can be extremely stressful. From the moment you walk through the door, you need to be conscious of how you present yourself. As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Before entering an interview, review your DISC personality profile.
As we approach a new school year, the high school senior class will have decisions to make about their futures. For decades, the default advice was to go to college, earn your degree, and find your place in the professional workforce. However, college costs have skyrocketed and can put students in deep debt, even if they don’t finish their degree.
Every personality style has its major fears and many recruiters are following the path of discovering these during the job interview. Their goal is determining how these fears and limitations would affect the candidate during job performance, so HR managers and career coaches may try to bring their interviewee out of their comfort zone. Understanding behavioral styles and a dedicated certification in DISC may help these professionals not only become better at communicating and minimizing conflict, but it also helps you understand how to best address those difficult job interview questions that tend to catch everyone off guard.
As we all know, there is a lot of pressure on high school students to set the right goals. Teenagers are pressured to know exactly what they want, where they are going to college, and to have a full-on life plan by the age of 18. The problem is most teens simply do not know themselves well enough nor have an idea where they should focus their energy and strengths. After many assessments, reading, and research, I found a tool that helped me organize and figure out my goals and will benefit other high school students too.
“Your attitude determines your altitude.” ~ Zig Ziglar
“Undecided” was the title I wore for several semesters in my college days. Declaring a major seemed like such a daunting task. Even the word “declaring” had a sense of gravitas. This one choice could determine the trajectory of my entire life, and I thought to myself, “I’m not equipped to make that kind of decision!”
While it's easy to see how the DISC Personality Test is useful for employers to improve workplace dynamics, morale, and efficiency, and even in their hiring practices for new employees, not many people realize how great a tool it can be for job seekers. Right here, learn about how somebody looking for a new job can greatly benefit from taking the DISC Career Style Personality Test.
f you have answered with “yes” to the questions in our article Is life coaching the right career for you, you should now be at the point where you decide the specific coaching niche in which you will focus your work. You already know you will be using DISC to guide your clients, and beyond just DISC, certification in behavioral analysis can also help you choose the right coaching niche aligned with your behavioral attitudes.
It’s hard to believe that in the past 50 years, we have progressed from stationary rotary phones to mobile wristwatch phones, but the “Greatest Weakness” question interviewers ask candidates hasn’t changed. Although some HR practitioners believe the question should be stricken entirely, it actually has a purpose and there may be better ways to ask and answer it. Let’s explore.
Whether you are considering a career change or exploring the possibility of turning your consulting energies into coaching dollars, we prepared these "must-know" facts* about business and executive coaching. At PeopleKeys, we work with coaches and behavioral consultants on a daily basis and have multiple examples of successfully established practices and innovative approaches.
Technical and educational institutions should focus on increasing soft skills to give their students the edge in today’s job market
There’s a gap today between the skills required by companies and the skills entry-level employees are bringing to the table. Referred to as the “skills gap,” this disparity is widening; not so much for hard skills, but for soft skills according to recent research by LinkedIn and Adecco. What has employers concerned isn’t technical skills, but harder-to-measure skills, commonly referred to as “soft skills.” Recent research identifies these “foundational skills” as lacking and employers are investing money in soft-skills training to close the gap.
When first starting, coaches often market themselves for a specific niche, generally based on their educational background, professional experience, or life passion. The expectation adopted is to stay within the boundaries of what you know (your lane) when working with clients. However, there is reason to challenge this thinking.
Job interviews, regardless of how experienced you are in life, can be nerve-racking, stressful, and seemingly difficult for most people. Utilizing DISC Theory and behavioral principles will provide you a more relaxed approach as you take on the interview process. The more confident you are in yourself, the better your interview will go. As you prepare for your next interview, here are three crucial things to discover about yourself and your future employer using observable behavior and the DISC assessment.
The DISC personality system is often used in predictive hiring processes to see how well a job candidate fits the job characteristics. Likewise, knowing yourself and your DISC profile can help you apply to the best fitting position. But what about preparing for an interview? Let’s look at each DISC style, mistakes to avoid, and questions to ask during an interview.
It’s not always easy to adapt to change, especially if it’s all happening at once. Sometimes change can be overwhelming. There’s no guidebook as to how our lives are going to change every step of the way, and there’s no deadline to prepare for. This is a moment many people turn to a life coach or a behavioral consultant to guide them through and support the transition. There are a lot of guidelines coaches implement to help handle transitions and support their clients from point A to point B. Let’s see how a coaching professional can best utilize the personality approach to guide change.
Traditionally, life coaches are trained in the art of attentive listening. The conventional coaching model asks coaches to serve as a sounding board for clients. As clients talk, the coach listens. But what happens when clients aren’t able to adequately articulate their needs?
Are you living the life you want to be living?
That’s a question that more and more people are searching to answer. In many cases, people are turning to professional life coaches to help themselves find their path in life.
Following your dreams isn’t so easy when you’re not sure what those dreams really are. A professional life coach can help you find the clarity you need to move forward in life and find success, fulfillment, and happiness.
Behavioral Selling is something that can make a huge impact on an individual's sales performance, as well as the bottom line of an entire business.
So what does behavioral selling really mean, and how can it be applied in the real world? Behavioral selling is about recognizing your own instinctive sales style, as well as the unique buying style of each customer or client you work with.
As an established expert in behavioral analysis, we, at PeopleKeys, know first-hand that success doesn’t come overnight. It takes hard work, dedication, and staying true to your brand and values. Business is an up-and-down roller coaster through good and tough times. As our founder, Dr. Sandy Kulkin says, “It’s taken at least 30 years to become an instant success.” PeopleKeys is invested in helping our certified coaches and business partners succeed. So, whether you are new to the field of coaching or an expert looking for some inspiration in finding new business, here are some tips from the pros to help you get started on your path to success.
Not every beginning must be hard. Attracting new clients to your coaching business can make you lose your sleep if you don’t know how to start. We, at PeopleKeys, have witnessed and supported the beginning efforts of thousands of successful coaches and want to share this expertise with you. PeopleKeys has created a Business Partner Training Program just for coaches like you that takes you step-by-step through the details of your business to help you create a winning strategy for success. So plan for growth! Set a visionary goal that stretches five years ahead and work diligently towards its achievement. After building your brand and identifying your target which we discussed in the first part of this topic, proceed to the next steps.
When it comes to dealing with stress, change and volatile situations, understanding DISC personality styles and communicating change in the proper way is always necessary. When you coach against life changes, a behavioral approach not only builds trust amongst all involved, but it allows each personality to contribute without the fear of conflict or confrontation. As we previously discussed in our blog about coaching life changes for the active personality styles, according to DISC theory personality styles can be separated into Active and Passive styles. The active “D” and “I” styles tend to react quickly to challenges and being stagnant drives them crazy. At the same time – the passive styles – “C” and “S” are more reserved and slower to accept change.
Your primary concern at a job interview is to make a positive first impression. No matter how much time you spend preparing to answer potential interview questions, the real tools for success rest in your ability to put your best foot forward by showcasing your personality strengths. Reviewing your DISC profile and taking other helpful assessments can help you become conscious of the important qualities interviewers are looking for: honesty, understanding, self-awareness, and a desire to overcome limitations.
My first job interview was a complete nightmare. As I showed up in a brightly colored dress and tan heels, wobbling like a newborn giraffe, I couldn’t believe how misplaced I felt. Moments later, waiting in the small, yet elegant, lobby the feeling grew until it consumed me. It was as if I just knew deep down inside the job wasn’t meant to be mine.
Reflecting on when I was first introduced to DISC over 25 years ago, I had no idea it would change my life in many ways. I became so engaged in this new found way of looking at people I sold my company to partner with Dr. Sandy Kulkin and The Institute for Motivational Living, and now PeopleKeys. It has been an amazing journey, and through DISC I have traveled worldwide, been involved with hundreds of consulting contracts ranging from personnel issues, training, consulting, speaking engagements, and personal coaching.
The current "corona-conomy" has forced many people to pivot in their careers. While some struggle to determine what to do next, others look inward to decide which direction to pursue. Taking a DISC Career Assessment can help determine a suitable career path for your personality style, but if helping people reach their goals is your passion, consider becoming a professional coach. As we move forward in the “new normal,” here are some coaching facts for deliberation.
f you are lucky enough to have the chance to turn your passion into a paycheck, then by all means you should do it! Business Coaching may be a good fit for you if you have a desire to share your depth of business knowledge and experience with others in an effort to help them succeed. There are many reasons to pursue business consulting, but today I want to focus on just three.
The new year brings changes. It’s a chance at a fresh start, a time to renew energies, make new plans, and create new resolutions. For some, it’s the perfect time to act upon job or career angst. You may suffer from career burnout or may decide it’s time to finally follow your passion, maybe you want to be your own boss, or simply need to improve your bottom line (between, switching jobs may be the best way to get a raise). Whatever the reason, now’s the time to scratch your itch.