Coaching a LeaderWritten by Stephanie Tuia
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Player experience: There are many pros of being a former athlete turned coach. First of all, Christy and Liz could empathize with us because they also had played on court. They knew of competition and conditioning needed to excel in volleyball. They knew firsthand how hard it was to balance sports, schooling, and other activities at same time. They knew what to look for in their players’ potential. I remember feeling more confident when my coaches gave me one-on-one advice about what I needed to work on to become a better player. I appreciated their mentoring because I knew it was backed by their own experiences on and off volleyball court.
Enthusiastic and energized: I have come across many athletic peers, and ones who have succeeded are those who have played for love of game. Athletes can perform at various levels of talent, but if their heart is not 100% into game, they will most likely not continue playing much longer. My coaches had incredible talent as players, but it was not without their enthusiasm and giving their all on volleyball court, that improved their performance. Their positive energy excited us as players and it impacted way we were playing. At practices, Christy and Liz actually played against us, giving us much competition and hands-on coaching. Their animation on sidelines and constant feedback and advice was very motivating.
I credit Christy and Liz for being best coaches to me during my playing days in high school. What sets them different than any other coach whom I have had was that I had opportunity to see them as players years before they were coaches. They obtained leadership coaching through their many stages of playing volleyball and brought that to their coaching game.
Stephanie Tuia is a Client Account Specialist with 10x Marketing. To learn more about Leadership Coaching and CMOE’s experience with organizations around the world please visit CMOE or contact one of our Regional Managers at (801) 569-3444
Job Tips For The Frustrated Job SeekerWritten by TJ Smith
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Be sure to include several ways to contact you. Home phone, cell phone, email. I had unfortunate luck of having my cell phone and my home phone cut off for non payment within a few days of each other. As luck would have it someone I sent a resume to tried to contact me and couldn't get through. They did send me a email saying they couldn't reach me. I was able to call them and get a interview. Don't leave anything to chance. And if they leave you a message get back to them ASAP while your resume is still on their desk. When you get a interview, be on time, be prepared, do your research about company you are interviewing with. You can usually find most everything you need off their company website. Come prepared with extra resumes, helpful if you have to fill out a application. Also have copies of your updated references. It is best to have more than 3. Some companies want professional references including past employers, others want personal references of persons not related to you. Be prepared for both. Where to find a job? Dig! You may never know where one will show up. In some ways Internet has made job searches easier with a variety of sites to search. You should probably set up accounts at large sites like hotjobs and monster which will allow you to post your resume and apply directly to postings Also take a look at sites like indeed.com. They are a search engine of sorts for jobs. They search several jobs sites at once. Saves time from going to each site. Post your resume so employers can find you. ASK! Don't be afraid to let everyone you know that you are looking for a job. Drop a email to anyone who might know someone who might have a job opening. You might be surprised how many people really do want to help you. Network your pants off! If you don't ask no one can help you. Search everyday. Try and send out at least one resume a day if not more. Pick up early edition of Sunday paper. Send out 5-10 at a time. And keep sending them even after you have interviews set up. You can easily fall behind two or three weeks if you stop sending resumes in hopes of that job offer coming through. Nothing better than telling someone, "I'm sorry I accepted another position" Apply for every job you are remotely interested in even if you don't think you are qualified. Every job listed always has a laundry list of qualifications and requirements. In a perfect world they would find perfect person that would match every requirement. But employers know that person doesn't exist and they are looking for someone who closely matches. At worst you will never hear from them. At best they will offer you a job or maybe something different within their company. You can always turn it down. Even if it turns out to be something you really don't want to do, it might help you get by for awhile until a better position comes along. Never be afraid to apply to any job! Most of all don't give up hope, right job will happen at right time. Remember to take care of yourself. Go for a walk, get plenty of rest, do something you enjoy just for yourself. As long as you keep moving in a forward direction, if someone asks you what you have been doing to find a job you can proudly say "this is what I have been doing" Persistence will pay off. Good luck.
Tom Smith runs http://www.workingnews.com, a job, career, employment and resume site. Free career articles along with links to employment sites. Permission to reprint with credits attached.