How to Prepare for a New Career in 2021

EVERYTHING has changed for us this year. Is it finally time to take charge of your career path in 2021?

What now?

With COVID quarantining an outstanding amount of peoples’ careers, now is the perfect opportunity to plan for a new career in 2021. One that you have dreamed about. Below you will find some key tips on how to prepare for a new career in 2021.

Working from home has forced a lot of change on job seekers — regular methods of job search have been seriously impacted, and the competitive environment has increased ten-fold. If you are going to get after this new career, you have to make it a focused part of your energy. Here’s how.

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Toronto Star: New year, new career? A recruiter’s tips for a pandemic job hunt on “This Matters” with Saba Eitizaz.


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CJRU The Scope at Ryerson: CJRU sits down with Michelle Nadon on job hunting from home.


Newstalk CJBK 1290 logoCKBJ London, Interview: Career Coach Michelle Nadon with Ken and Loreena.  


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Vibe 105 York University Article: Careers AF!” The Book Every Millennial Needs To Read!


Ryerson Interview Clip: Jamie Mason, reporter with Ryerson University’s “The Scope”, interviews M. Michelle Nadon on what it takes to get a job in media these days.

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Living Fearlessly/C-Suite Podcast: Lisa McDonald, host of Living Fearlessly & CSuite Networks, interviews M. Michelle Nadon on career best practices.

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Humber Radio 96.6: Career activism interview with M. Michelle Nadon


CHCH Morning Live Interview: M. Michelle Nadon is featured on CHCH’s Morning Live with Bob Cowan, discussing all the changes to navigating careers c2020.

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Thrive Global: Building Your Plan and Your Brand – Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global Network featured article with Lisa MacDonald: Career Activism Interview

Career Planning and Recruitment

Careers AF! Second Edition CovermI’s Career Activism program gives you a truly competitive career planning and recruitment advantage. In one-on-one personal coaching sessions, we help you develop marketing tools with a strong personal brand. We guide you in confidently targeting the exact companies and roles you aspire to. We enhance your interview skills, your negotiating power, and your ability to “make a business case”.

These will help you secure the exact role you want, on the team that you want. Getting your career plan into shape is a simple 3 step process…

Session 1: Building Your Plan & Your Brand

  • Developing and planning short, mid and long-term goals to identify the path you wish to take whether it’s career progression, or career transition.
  • Marketing tool reviews: Targeted resume writing, online profiles, job applications, cover letters & thank you notes, bios, pitch statements and personal brands. We help you optimize your positioning and packaging.
  • Identify and address skills shortages and experience gaps.
  • Clarifying your message through clear “pitch statements”.
  • Build a solid job search strategic plan.

Session 2: How To Access The Hidden Job Market

  • 10 ways to plan an effective job search online and on the ground.
  • How to determine if you have the skills to get shortlisted.
  • How to develop job leads through your professional and personal networks.
  • Leverage MI’s spectacular media company database for leads and introductions to top media companies and contact info for decision makers.
  • How to develop make a business case for your candidacy that resonates strongly with hiring managers.
  • When and how to call, email, and follow up.

Session 3: Master Class – Interview & Hire Negotiations

  • 4 ways to master a screening call.
  • Interview Prep: understand business etiquette and important protocols, prepare for a wide range of interview styles, and understand what the interviewer is seeking.
  • How to determine fair market value for salaries.
  • How to negotiate your compensation package.

How to build a successful entry strategy for the new company and how to position your exit strategy for the company you’re moving on from.



À LA CARTE RECRUITING Our goal at mI is to improve the talent acquisition, development and retention factors for small to medium sized media businesses. Our model is designed to free our clients from complex candidate sourcing, liaison and administration. We give you the flexibility to choose only those services that you need. We shortlist talent with 85%+ match to your required skills. And we do it fast – so you don’t lose top talent to other companies.

  • Recruitment & Executive Search
  • Custom Job Descriptions & Position Profiles
  • Pre-Qualifying Talent
  • Applicant Tracking, Screening, Shortlisting
  • Compensation &  Contract Negotiation
  • Reference & Background Checks
  • Labour Market Trends & Analysis

And we’ve got the bandwidth! mI sources top-standard, brand-building, media-savvy talent with the inclination and capacity for growth! Our talent pool spans entry, mid-management, senior and executive management levels. Our talent pool has 20K+ media professionals with expertise in: programming & production, content development, interactive, mobile & social media, policy & research, business development & sales, business affairs & financial management, creative services & creative management, IT/ICT, publishing, marketing & communications.

OUTPLACEMENT

mI provides customized career coaching for individuals and groups. Our career planning and recruitment programs set your former employees up for success, helps them beat the competition, and shortens the time spent on job search. We provide valuable one-on-one ongoing support through the full transition process: identifying goals, upgrading self-marketing tools, and we offer solid strategies for accessing the hidden job market, and getting in front of the right people at the right times, for the right reasons.

Career Goals and Wish-list Exercise

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WROTE UP A CAREER GOALS LIST?

IN FACT, HAVE YOU EVER? 

Pro-actively planning and managing your career goals, puts you in the position where you are no longer at the mercy of your industry or the job market!  Think about that for a minute! As a result, YOU will be in charge of your career, not the other way around!

Career GoalsIDENTIFYING & MANAGING YOUR CAREER GOALS

How cool would it be, if you could actually manage your career, rather than have it manage you? No more uncertainty or instability. Gone will be the days where you throw everything at the wall hoping something sticks! Therefore, a real plan, that has teeth!

As a career coach, I help you identify the career goals that support your professional and personal values and aspirations. The following career planning exercise will help you figure out the career path you want to pursue:

Challenge yourself to make a wish-list of 12 goals you’d like to realize. Each statement should reflect your dream job or wish-list. Ie., things you’d really like to do at this particular stage of your professional life. Add in some personal goals. Professional development goals. Work/balance goals. Health goals. If money were no object, what would you really like to do?

  • I would like to own a small production house, creating X content for X audience.
  • I would like to be a consultant in communication for municipal governments.
  • I want to produce a YouTube or Podcast series showcasing…(insert passion project!)
  • I would like to coach young professionals and help them build successful careers.
  • I want to build my knowledge of/take a course in X……

CONCLUSION

Finally, when you’re done, send your list along by email. I’ll then show you how to prioritize each of your goals into short- mid- and long-term themes, identify any professional development you need to get there, and help you build an easy, effective schedule and timeline to reach your goals.

As a result of identifying your career goals, I can easily guide you to  realize them!

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