The Secret To A Career That Makes You Happy
There's no point in searching for a job if you don't know what you really want to do, and you can keep hoping that you'll have an unexpected job offer you're completely thrilled about. . .
But you and I both know that to really find a job you love, you're going to have to go out there and find it yourself.
You've been trapped in your job for a while - maybe years now - because you don't know what you want or how to get there.
And if you don't know what you really want, it doesn't seem to make sense to just make a leap for the sake of doing something different.
But as much as you know it's you that has to do something about it, you don't know what you're supposed to be doing.
You've wracked your brain, read the books, taken the assessments, done the quizzes on the internet, talked to your friends - all of it - and nothing seems to work.
You're still stuck in your same job that's lost all of it's fire.
What you really want is a job that you can feel creative, productive and successful in.
One that is in a company whose mission and ideas you can get behind. Where the culture is in alignment with who you are, not the same stuffed shirts and cubicles you've been used to.
You want to feel like your skills and talents are being put to use.
Most of all, you want to feel alive again. You want something meaningful that you can sink your teeth into and that makes you feel excited, stimulated and where you know you're contributing.
I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO STRUGGLE WITH WORK YOU HATE
I'm Jess, and I want to tell you my story.
It starts a long time ago (well maybe not that long), way back when I was a kid. My dad was a hard worker, and he did everything he could to provide for our family – my mom, me and my sister and little brother.
But “everything he could” turned out to include working insane hours at a job that was not only extremely stressful, it was sometimes physically dangerous.
It took its toll physically, emotionally and psychically on the whole family, but still, he wasn’t able to focus on anything more inspirational than doing the work that was right in front of him so he could be rock solid for us.
Sometimes I wouldn't see him when I went to bed at night or when I got up in the morning, because he was at work. It could go on for days like that.
He was beyond miserable.
I always thought it was such a waste of his huge potential and that it was just really, really sad.
And I’m afraid your job might feel the same way . . .
But whatever is happening at work, there’s another, sadder story.
And that is that no matter how painful your job is right now, what hurts even more is what you're losing because of what today could have been.
Because the truth is that you could have had a work day that you loved. You could have a job you love. A career you love.
But you’re just not sure what that means or how to make that happen.
And that’s why you’re reading this now.
When you invest in coaching, you are investing in yourself.
Coaching isn't just something to try when nothing else has worked. It's not what you do when you've given up.
It's what smart people do when they know they deserve the best and they want to get their careers right. Everything from what they are doing for work, to how long it takes them to find and land that job, to what they get paid and how they feel every day when they go to work.
Look at your #career as your primary investment. The money you spend doing this will return more to you than all the other investments you are likely to make. -Kiplinger
Want Career Success? Career Coaching Is For You
Here's some of what I can do for you.
Career Direction and Job Targeting - Figuring Out What You Want To Do
Job Search Strategy
Create a Personal Brand that Feels Authentic
Create a Networking Strategy to Land a Job Fast
Improve Interview Skills with Interview Coaching
Coaching to Land the Promotion
Improve Work Performance
Improve Confidence, Make Tough Decisions and Get Unstuck
Beat Imposter Syndrome
Salary & Promotion Negotiation
Surviving Your Job Until. . .
Deal with a Toxic Work Situation
Why is working with me different from working with any other coach?
When you work with me you get deep personal insights and career change knowledge.
I'm Jessica Sweet, career coach and therapist.
I've been a career coach since 2011 and I specialize in helping creative, high-potential 40 and 50-something professional, executive and C-Level career people find or design work they want to be doing.
Work that is more passionate and creative.
Work that feels like YOU, so you can have the happiest, most successful part of your career now.
In addition to being a coach, I also have a Master's in social work and worked as a therapist. My entire career has been dedicated to helping people understand themselves better and achieve their goals.
The result is that I understand you, fast. I've spent years working as a clinician and therapist, as a career, executive and mindset coach, and I have an intuitive ability that's a lot less weird than it sounds.
If you find yourself feeling stressed, bored, or with a constant nagging sense that you should be doing something different or something more, I can help you.
If it's hard for you to put a label on yourself because you have so many skills and talents that you just don't know what to call yourself, and you're tired of being put in a box, I can help you.
If you know that your creativity and potential is being killed at your job, and is just waiting to be unleashed onto something (even though you don't know what it is yet), my career coaching can help you.
If you wonder if you have to stay shackled to the "golden handcuffs" or can you figure out a way to use your talent, skill, and passion and get paid for it (instead of just slaving away at something that makes you feel like a zombie), I can coach you to a career you feel amazing about.
I know that finding the right career is about so much more than just landing a job.
Does that sound like you? Are you ready to find work that feels like it uses all of you?
Does This Really Work? Will It Work For You?
I'm a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, an invite only organization for top business and career professionals.
And I can help you figure out work that you care about, target that job and brand yourself so you can land that incredible job using a job search strategy we build, or create an amazing business doing that. Just read my client testimonials.
But Jess, what if . . .
What if I really don’t know what I want to do?
What if I make too much money to leave my job?
What if I’m worried about what people will say about leaving?
What if I’ve spent a ton of time and money to get where I am?
What if I don’t know what my passions are?
What if I am totally confused?
What if I’m not ready to leave my job just yet?
What if something else is holding me back?
Let me ask: Are you happy in your career?
Because if the answer is no, it truly is time to email me, no matter what else is going on.
I’ve seen all these situations and coached people through them. The most important thing is your happiness. (And yes, I recognize you probably won’t be happy if you don’t make any money or leave your job too soon or jump too fast into something else you don’t love. . . )
So, the real question you should be asking is this:
AM I READY FOR CAREER HAPPINESS?
If the answer is yes, email me now and we'll talk to decide if coaching is right for you.
Career coaching to help you stop being stuck in your job and start doing work that feels like you.
When you work with me, we'll start with a conversation. I want to understand you and your situation and exactly what you need.
Then, we'll work to discover the answers to your most central questions using the career coaching process I've refined over years and through work with many clients. This work has lead them to personal discoveries, career changes, advancement, huge bumps when negotiating salary, and much, much more.
It's about finding the intersection of what you truly want to do and what someone will pay you for, and then crushing all the obstacles - internal and external - that get in your way.
Career Coaching Makes It All Possible
Changing jobs after 14 years was a challenge, but initiating my job search and landing my next role was even a greater challenge. At first, the thought of using a career coach seemed redundant to my job search efforts. I honestly thought "what could they tell/teach me that I didn't already know or haven't already tried?" I later learned I was wrong. After several failed attempts at landing what I was hoping to be my next dream job, I quickly swallowed my pride, took the plunge, and hired Jessica.
My first conversation with Jessica opened my eyes, and actually gave me a slight glimpse of hope that the right job for me "is" out there. She made me realize that I will only get out what I put into my search. On that note, she gave me assignments that made me rethink and rework my job hunting process. She encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone by setting goals she knew I could achieve, but I probably would have never before attempted. I can't express enough how I happy I am that she encouraged me to take these leaps of faith, because it was one those small leaps that helped me land my newest job opportunity. Thank you, Jessica!
Our time was so helpful to me. While our conversations seemed in some ways very casual, your questions and probing really gave me pause to think. In facing the sense that I might get laid off (which I was right about), and wondering about starting my own business - I was really at a crossroad and struggling. While I wanted to find more meaningful work, and get out of the corporate rat race so to speak, I wasn't quite ready to jump out of my salary. With a child entering high school, it was too soon.
As it happened, I was laid off but had 3 terrific jobs to select from as well as an option to start a business with some friends, In the end, in great part due to our conversations, I ended up taking a job which was absolutely ideal for me at this stage of life. While I opted to delay entrepreneurial adventures, I took a job which is extremely rewarding. While still very satisfying financially, I actually chose the job which offered the lowest salary - but which offers a great sense of purpose and a solid quality of life.
I truly don't think I would have landed where I am had it not been for your guidance and helping me really think hard and evaluate where my priorities lie.
Thanks so much for your help Jessica! I would happily recommend you to others looking for support at a juncture. You are gently probing while being respectful, curious and insightful, not to mention a great listener who can summarize and feed back some very important dimensions to the conversation.
“Jessica was incredible in helping me figure out 1) exactly what type of work brings me the most happiness and 2) the necessary steps I needed to take in order to get paid to do it. Most importantly, she gave me the jump-start, motivation and inspiration I needed to achieve my goal.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND FULFILL YOUR POTENTIAL
You were meant for more than doing just any job, no matter how "good" it is, or what it pays. Now is the time to discover what you could be doing with your career and your life - without sacrificing your other responsibilities.
Contact me now. Let's see if coaching with me is right for you.