EFG Consulting, LLC - Guiding Positive Transformations



Wow, it's summer already.  Time to think about summer fun and nights at the beach.  This is the time of year when I hate to be inside.  It's not sweltering yet and the bugs aren't out in swarms.  I'm very lucky to be able to work on my back patio when I'm not in meetings.  I love looking at my flower garden and watching butterflies while I work.

It is also the time of year to think about taking time off work.  Vacations aren't a luxury.  They are a necessary break that allows us to recharge and come back to renewed and reinvigorated. 

So how will you recharge?

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How'd I end up Here?  Planning for Career Success

One day it happens to you – your boss comes to your desk or calls you into your office and within an hour you’ve met with HR and found yourself at your car with a box and no job.  Perhaps it’s the person in the next cubicle and you’re filled with relief that it’s not you.   These days, this same scenario happens to more and more Americans as the economy continues to worsen.

Twenty or thirty years ago, a college graduate could start work at a company and reasonably expect to stay with that company until they retired if they chose. Most of us were raised with the concept that we would hold one or two jobs in our entire careers.

Now, according to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median time in one job is 4.1 years.  Most people can now expect to change careers at least once, if not more, during their working lives.   

Is it any wonder that when the dreaded day happens, most people are completely unprepared, even if they have a pretty good idea it’s going to happen to them?  We still go about the job search process the way we were taught, if we were taught how to find a job at all. We identify our skills, update our resumes, post them online and reply to job posting after job posting. The predictable result is that most people end up competing with tens or hundreds of other people for a situation very similar to the one they left.

This is the golden opportunity to do something new.  Start over at the beginning and plan your career.  It’s the only way to guarantee that your job hunt will turn out the way you want it to.  No one else can do it for you.  You are the only one who really knows what you want to do and how to get there.

First, answer the questions “Where do you want to be in a year? Two years? Five years?”  Where do you want to live?  Where do you want to work?  What really excites you?  What kind of people do you want to work with? What do you really love to do?  What do you love to do so much that you lose track of time when doing it? This is your goal – where you want your job hunt to end.

Your goal is the destination on the roadmap you are creating for your career.  The point of identifying your destination is twofold.  The first is to plan your route  and the second is to know when you’ve arrived. The more detailed you are, the clearer your goal will be, and the more likely you will be to get there.

 Once you know your destination, then you can create a plan, or directions, to get there.   

The plan might look like this:

1.    Identify the industries and job description that matches closest to your chosen destination.
2.    Determine the gap between your current skills and abilities and what you would need for the new job.  In many cases, there will be no or only a small gap.   Most core skills are applicable in many areas.  
3.    If there is a gap, identify what you need to do address the gap.  Be open to different possibilities – there are lots of ways to build skills without having to go back to school.  Be open to mentoring, networking, volunteering or taking on additional responsibilities at your current job if you are still employed.  And if you do decide you need to get formal training or go back to school, do it.  Investing in job training or certification yields higher returns than any stock, bond or savings fund.
4.    Identify companies in the industry you’ve chosen or that hire people for jobs that match the job description you’ve chosen.  The more you can identify the better.
5.    Find out who you need to talk to at the places you determine you would like to work.  
6.    Ask the people that you know, if they know the contacts you’ve identified. They may not know anyone, but it’s a good bet that if they don’t, they know someone who does.
7.    Contact those people.  Ask them what their needs are.  What challenges do they face? Ask lots of questions. The more information you can get, the better.  You need to find out if you would really like to work there as well as how you can benefit the company.  
8.    Explain to them how you can solve the problems they face.  Think of it as being a salesperson for yourself.
9.    Once you receive an offer, now is the time to negotiate, salary, benefits and start date.

Then follow your plan to get to your destination job.  Keep reviewing and updating that plan regularly.  

With a roadmap and a destination, your chances of getting where you want to be in your career are much, much higher.

It beats waiting for the phone to ring.



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Lori T. Williams
Owner and Managing Attorney, Your Legal Resource, PLLC

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Lori Williams through a mutual friend.
Lori is well known and respected in the Metro Detroit Community as a legal resource and first rate connector/networker.  Lori has excelled in both the practice of law and the business of law.  After owning and operating her own law practice for 14 years, Lori transitioned into the business of law 6 years ago by creating Your Legal Resource.  When individuals.and small businesses are in  need of legal advice or representation, they contact Your Legal Resource for a referral to a specialist that Lori knows and trusts to handle the situation.  She is a legal matchmaker of sorts, connecting the right client with the right legal professional based on the client’s needs and the lawyer’s expertise, years of experience, personality and affordability.

Lori recently added a new line of services to her business to help professional service providers become more adept at the business side of their practice.  Lori knows from experience and observation that service professionals are highly trained in their area of expertise, but often are not educated or shown how to brand themselves, network and market themselves and their practices effectively, or how to create strategic partners to bring in business and revenue.  In response to lawfirm layoffs, firm closures, and the flood of attorneys both new and experienced in the marketplace today, Lori is helping the solo attorney or small law firm that wants to grow the practice and get more equipped in the business of law.  Since independent financial advisors and CPA’s often face some of the same challenges when trying to market themselves and their services, Lori will also assist these other professional service providers.   For more information, visit:  www.bestlegalresource.com or email [email protected].


About Elisabeth Garbeil

Elisabeth Garbeil is the owner of EFG Consulting.  She works with professionals to create thriving practices, become leaders and achieve financial freedom. Elisabeth works with companies to develop their managers into world-class leaders who are compassionate, people-oriented and highly productive.  Elisabeth Garbeil also has an MBA from Wayne State University , is a certified project manager (PMP) and a licensed facilitator for “Get Clients Now!™”  For more information about Elisabeth or coaching, visit http://www.efg-consulting.net.


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