career coaching



If you have been in the same job for only a few years or for many, knowing what the requirements are in today’s market in your profession will help you stay up-to-date when, or if, a job change is necessary.

Although some aspects of your career future are out of your control, there are steps you can take to improve your chances of a long and successful work life.

Take a short, new year inventory

Take a short, new year inventory

As a new year begins, have you given thought to changes that may be in store at your place of employment?  How is your company preforming in the marketplace? What has changed or should change in your department?  Is your job secure? 

A Mid-life Awakening

Mildlife Awakening

What’s that? A mid-life awakening is when you realize that working toward what you want out of life is more important than achieving some arbitrary set of objectives cascading upon you from someone else’s mountain top.

If thoughts about focusing on your goals, rather than what someone else wants from you is on your mind, the following article is for you.   If “what am I supposed to do with the rest of my life” is still on your mind after this article, drop me a note.  I’d like to hear your story. 

Nick Synko

Switching careers later in life: What you need to know

Lead with Heart and Get the Job Offer

A few months ago, a coaching client was trying his best to land the next job.  In fact, he was very good at generating interview opportunities.  However, after completing multiple interviews at various employers he had not received a job offer.  All he was told each time was that another candidate was selected.  The only exception was an agency recruiter (a headhunter) who told him the last company’s impression was that he did not have a high enough energy level.  That was hard to understand because our client clearly wanted this job.

What was particularly disturbing is that all the jobs for which he had applied had clearly communicated selection criteria checklists and he was very well qualified for these assignments.  On paper, he was THE candidate for the job.

In frustration, he came to see me. One day we were discussing yet another new job opportunity and his body language and facial expressions were definitely upbeat and different.  There was an interest level, an excitement and energy, an enthusiasm that was different from anything I had previously witnessed.  I asked him, “Why?  What is different here?”  He responded, “Honestly, my heart just was not in the other jobs; this one has a “heart factor” that clicks on all levels.”

His heart had never so clearly surfaced until that particular occasion.  Therefore, I asked the obvious, “What is on your heart checklist?”  We flip charted an entire page (about ten factors or so) that were his heart factors.  As a side note, it was interesting how focused he was and how quickly the heart list developed.

Should you also have a list of heart factors posted on a flip chart?  Some would say this is your list of goals.  Many times it is.  Other times we have seen critical additional information come forth when we move our conversation from goals to heart. Lead with your Heart and get the Job: A Blog post forSynko Associates, LLC

Checkpoint – Today’s exercise requires you to avoid looking at your target goal. For now, look within your heart, reach your deepest buried wish list, connect with your dreams and create a brainstormed list of your thoughts that develop. We suggest you dream beyond the boundaries, limitations and restrictions that society or others place upon you. Consider Einstein’s words, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” As I personally mature, I find that often times the mediocre mind I need to get past is my own.

My boundaries, limitations and restrictions hold me back just as tightly as those of others.

Next, return to your goal target and see if anything needs to be added. If so, add these items and highlight anything there that connects with your heart. Our coaching experience has revealed that most experienced recruiters are able to discern individuals who say they want the job from those who clearly display I WANT THIS PARTICULAR JOB BECAUSE IT MATCHES EXACTLY WHO I AM.

Nick Synko- Principal Partner at Synko Associates, LLC