Monday, October 5, 2009

Interview with Kristi Daeda of Career Adventure

Krista DaedaToday on the JobSpot I had the opportunity to chat with blogger and HR Pro, Kristi Daeda. She writes at Career Adventure, a site that helps you chart a course for inspiring work. In the interview, we had a chance to talk about getting "unstuck," her free ebook, 51 Places to Find a Job and some other fun tips to put a spark in your career search.

Kristi Daeda from Career Adventure

JobSpot: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us about careers and looking for jobs. I wanted to start by looking into the hardships of chasing your own career and some things that were helpful to you to get where you are today?

Kristi: You know, in years past people put their faith in their companies to develop their careers. If you worked hard, did a good job, you’d be promoted. But now, big business doesn’t take care of your career. You have to take care of your career. That’s been the biggest challenge for me. I wanted to grow, and grow quickly. And sometimes great organizations can’t provide you the right path. So I moved between organizations, targeted ambitious growth in responsibility, and looked for managers I could learn from. Now, I’m an entrepreneur, and I see myself learning, growing and expanding my understanding every day. It’s the right fit for me. But I wouldn’t have ever gotten there without understanding what I needed most. Take time to understand what drives you, where your priorities are. It will make all the difference.

JobSpot: For job seekers that seem to get stuck in an application black hole, what are some ways to get “unstuck” and get over that hump to finding a great job?

Kristi: First, understand that everyone feels stuck once in a while. It’s okay to spend some time banging your head against the wall or indulging in bon bons and soap operas. But then you have to recognize that the only way to get where you’re going is to start moving. Three things make for a good foundation for your job search:
  • Invest time in your toolkit. Spend the time, energy and/or money to get a professional, competitive resume, cover letter, handbill, LinkedIn profile, or whatever else you’ll use to move your search forward. It will make your efforts more productive, and make you more confident in your approach.
  • Set activity targets. It’s easy for days to slip away with little to no productivity. Decide how you’re going to spend your time and track it. Then celebrate your productivity and progress, along with your successes.
  • Form a community. Get help. Meet people in similar situations, and those that are employed, own businesses, whatever. Develop your network. Going through transition is hard enough – going through it alone is infinitely harder. Let your network be a source of support, encouragement, accomplishment and opportunity. But always be positive.

JobSpot: For young people, what is the difference between a job and a career? And where does passion play in all this?

Kristi: I don’t think there’s much of a difference between a job and a career. A job is a segment of a career. People have fulfilling careers, demanding careers, long careers, short careers, even failed careers. The larger point is that your career can be any of those things and more – it’s your choice. Most people would prefer a long, rewarding, lucrative career. You may have your own adjectives. But the best path to your ideal career is through passion. Passion is more than what you like or what you’re good at. It’s what makes you tick. To take an example, a friend is passionate about aviation. But in reality it’s not the aviation that he’s passionate about. It’s really what aviation brings to his life – a feeling of freedom. Oftentimes it takes decades for someone to recognize what truly motivates them in their life. If you can pin that down in your teens or twenties, you’ll have a huge head start on your peers in developing your dream career.

JobSpot: Tell us about your eBook, 51 Places to Find a Job. How can someone stumble upon a copy and what value can they get by flipping through it?

Kristi: The ebook is a thought-starter. So many job seekers are in a job search rut. It’s about getting people to break out of the typical career advice and contemplate possibility. There are no rules anymore, and opportunity comes from fresh, interesting places. So, 51 Ordinary and Extraordinary Places to Find a Job gives you those possibilities. It’s completely free and can be found at

JobSpot: Can you tell us about your job search phone seminars? Any success stories?

Kristi: The teleseminar series has been a great way for everyone in my community to learn, including me. Some fantastic professionals and experts have joined us to talk about a range of issues around job search. We had a seminar about partnering with executive recruiters for your job search and the biggest benefit has been these amazing moments of clarity. The “I never knew that!”reactions. No one trains us on job search, even though almost all of us need the skillset. And there’s a lot of advice out there but relatively little rationale. As job seekers learn more about why things are the way they are, they’re better equipped to make an effective job search strategy, and are more confident in what they’re doing.

Greg: From helping job seekers, what is the one thing that the successful ones all have in common?

Kristi: Confidence. Job search is difficult, but the people who make the most of their transitions are the ones who remember that they were valued members of their organizations that really made a difference, and that they can do it again. They understand that every opportunity that doesn’t pan out brings them closer to the one that will.

JobSpot: What is the one thing that long job searches have in common?

Kristi: Many people get frustrated. They get scared. So, for one, it’s helpful to know that others are going through the same thing. On the plus side, what seems to be the case with longer searches is this feeling of momentum. That one good networking contact can bring you two more. That you can sow the seeds of success now that will sprout 90 days from now.

Kristi Daeda is a Success Coach and creator of Career Adventure, a blog which helps professionals in the pursuit of their inspiring work. To receive her free report, 51 Ordinary and Extraordinary Places to Find a Job, sign up for her free Career Kick Start newsletter.

-Greg Rollett

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