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How to Transition to a Career You Love

Kristen-Zavos
Kristen Zavo is a career coach and the author of "Job Joy: Your Guide to Success, Meaning & Happiness in Your Career." Details to get her free Career Upgrade masterclass and pre-order the Job Joy paperback can be found at www.jobjoybook.com.

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Key Takeaways

  1. Leverage the moment you get hired.
  2. Investing in yourself is the best investment.

Podcast Interview Notes:

1. What's the first step someone can take who’s working in a career they’re miserable in?

First, start working on getting clarity.

That means defining success for yourself. Many of us end up in careers we hate because we played by the rules.

Will you be happy with the money, title, and the prestige? 

When I was a consultant, I was working 80 hours a week while traveling. But, it was to the suburbs and only for companies–so I didn’t have the time to actually travel. I was afraid that if I ever took a trip I would miss out on some project.

2. How should go about finding their ideal career?

Start by asking what causes do you stand for?

One of my clients wasn’t happy with his job. When we talked about the causes that were dear to him, he’d mentioned addiction. So think about causes that really get you fired up that may be connected to your own story.

3. What tips would you give to someone who's looking to negotiate their salary better?

First, congratulations you nailed the job.

Realize when a company offers you the job this is the most leverage you’ll have with this company.

They’ve gone through the trouble of interviewing hundreds of candidates and narrowed it down to you. The company wants to hire you and to be done with their hiring process.

Companies put a salary number expecting you’d negotiate. If you don’t negotiate you’re leaving millions of dollars on the table over your lifetime. 

4. What’s worthwhile investment you’ve made in your life?

So I’m a coach and coaches need coaches.

I see the value in coaches any time you’re making a big life transition or you want a major transformation. Whether it’s in your house, career, or any part of life–go to someone who’s helped others do what you want to do.

For example, at one point the way I was approaching my dating life wasn’t working and wasn’t attracting in my soulmate. I hired a relationship coach and now I’m with the man of my dreams. Getting the support when you need it is key.

Money Round

How would you spend $1000?

Experiences.

For example, traveling.

What advice would you give to people who are currently struggling with their finances and feeling hopeless?

First, have compassion for yourself and know that you did your best.

Then, I would say get emotional or financial support. 

What does money mean to you?

Money is an exchange of value.

It’s an opportunity to impact more people and spread your message. 

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Chris writes personal finance and productivity articles for software companies. He gets fresh ideas through continuously investing in himself and interviewing successful entrepreneurs.

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