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17th July 2018 Being remembered is about bringing your sustainability story to life

I always start coaching with the scariest question “What do you do?” (which is similar to the interview question, “walk me through your resume”).  It is a set-up question. Which, as simple as it is, throws us off.  It makes us uncomfortable.  But, if well-thought through, authentic and well-practiced, will be a short and impactful career story.  Many of us blow it.  We either lead with our name, title and company name (boring!!!) or we drone on and on about our passions,

By Shannon Houde
17 Jul 2018 Being remembered is about bringing your sustainability story to life

I always start coaching with the scariest question “What do you do?” (which is similar to the interview question, “walk me through your resume”).  It is a set-up question. Which, as simple as it is, throws us off.  It makes us uncomfortable.  But, if well-thought through, authentic and well-practiced, will be a short and impactful career story.  Many of us blow it.  We either lead with our name, title and company name (boring!!!) or we drone on and on about our passions,

By Shannon Houde
9th July 2018 5 Reasons why our online course will point you to Purpose

You asked, we answered: affordable and accessible career coaching has claimed its spot within Walk of Life. Whether you’re changing careers, returning to the workforce, or feeling engulfed in career fog without purpose, here’s why our online course should be at the top of your priority list: We’ve done most of the work for you Get our proprietary toolkit – created after a 20-year career as a recruiter, CR consultant and business strategist, I’ve seen all the mistakes that jobseekers make

By Shannon Houde
5th July 2018 What does it really take to lead in these uncertain times?

Stephen Howard, chairman of Power to Change, was chief executive of Business in the Community (BitC) for 10 years. He said that leadership is a lonely place. Chief execs don’t keep their jobs long. Pressure is high to not think about things such as values. Politically, socially, financially, we are in uncertain times. Nobody trusts anybody — the bigger you are, the less you are trusted. We trust local MPs, but we don’t trust Parliament; we trust the branch manager

By Shannon Houde
19th June 2018 Just give me the gist, but not too short

You’re at a leading industry conference getting a free-trade banana from the display of otherwise fattening snacks, and looking around to catch eyes with someone and “network”. Ahhhh! All of a sudden you see your dream boss, your top influencer. You brave it, walk over, introduce yourself and they are engaged. They ask you simply,   “So, what do you DO?”  Your heart rate goes up, you start to fidgit, and then…freeze.  It seems like such a simple question (like the

By Shannon Houde
22nd May 2018 Video tip: Help (not hurt) your brand with smart LinkedIn choices

A picture is worth a thousand words. Is it worth your dream job too? Don’t get passed up for an interview because you’ve neglected to showcase your best self on LinkedIn. Here’s two quick tips to craft a smart LinkedIn profile TODAY!

By Shannon Houde
16th May 2018 The No. 1 way to win buy-in through hearts and minds

I am proud to be kicking off our new Purpose and People column with the chief executive of “creative change agency” Impact International, David Williams, who says good leadership is all about communicating purpose and enabling people to be their best. Back in 1980, some early media attention landed Impact a lucky break, coaching entrepreneurial managers using an experiential learning approach for what is now British Telecom. A few years later it had landed contracts with Marks & Spencer and Apple, when

By Shannon Houde
25th April 2018 Video tip: Walk me through your resume

There is one question you will always get asked in an interview, and it is the easiest one to muck up: “Walk me through your resume…”

By Shannon Houde
18th April 2018 Video tip: Become a thought leader in seconds

Ready to break into the impact sector? Use content you are passionate about & your social media channels to put your stake in the ground as a thought leader:

By Shannon Houde
27th March 2018 3 Tricks for building your career

Here’s some candid, creative, real-world advice about how to break into impact work without a lot of direct experience: Be smart with the communications tools at your disposal Sustainability professionals need great communication skills, so use yours to start a conversation with potential employers through social media. It’s critical to use all the tools at your disposal to develop an engaged, online presence and start piecing together a circle of contacts. Twitter and blogging are fantastic ways to do this

By Shannon Houde
8th March 2018 How to network better than you flirt

Walking up to a potential new contact at a conference, or cold calling someone on the phone, is often the most intimidating part of networking for jobseekers. It’s hard to make the first move and much easier to keep yourself out of a vulnerable situation. However, if you’re looking to make a career move into sustainability, corporate responsibility or the green economy, in-person networking remains the best way to convert potential opportunities into real jobs. So, if you tend to

By Shannon Houde
6th February 2018 Three tips for your leap into sustainability

Corporate responsibility and sustainability are invigorating spaces to work in. New, constantly evolving, varied, dynamic, game-changing, planet-saving and respectably remunerated. It’s the place to be for people who want to live their values without swapping their Birkin for Birkenstocks (OK, well, maybe not an actual Birkin, but you know what I mean). A big part of my day is spent advising people with established skill sets and extensive experience on how to transition out of their safe, stable roles and

By Shannon Houde