Career designer Latesha Byrd, stopped by the Her Agenda INSIDER for a lunchtime #PowerHour chat to discuss ways to prepare for the next step in your career. Latesha took a deep dive into how to handle job searching in this climate and tips to make your search effective. We also discussed actionable ways to get the results you want in your career whether that means finding a career coach or simply leveling up your skills.
Career Designer Latesha Byrd shared her best practices for being strategic when it comes to your career with the Her Agenda INSIDERS.
The conversation aligned with Latesha’s mission to help minority professionals turn their dreams into careers that will allow them to live life on their own terms. Her work is centered at the intersection of career empowerment and life visioning. She founded Byrd Career Consulting, a consulting agency that provides resume makeovers, LinkedIn makeovers, interview coaching and executive career coaching. Recently, she became a Google Digital Coach for Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham where she leads the effort on providing digital workshops and networking opportunities to minority small business owners. She’s also an adjunct faculty at the North Carolina A&T State University, and a certified life and career coach.
With such a robust background, the conversation was like a group coaching session for the INSIDER community. Check out a few excerpts from the conversation.
On how to start on a job search:
People miss direction when it comes to launching a job search. It’s important to understand what type of roles are the best fit for job seekers. There should be a clear alignment between your experience and how you add value with the jobs desired. The challenge here is that some think that by keeping options open and being open to anything is widening their job pool – but that can create confusion and lack of clarity in direction.
Latesha on how women should approach job searching differently:
I advise women specifically to apply to stretch roles. Apply for the job even if you don’t meet 10/10 qualifications. Men apply if they meet 6/10, studies show. We have to know we deserve more and that we have more to offer. Roles are meant to be grown into.
Latesha on how to choose a career coach:
Biggest thing is someone that is going to be patient with you and always empowering you to achieve your goals at the same time. Lawd, it’s a balance.
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Latesha on how to bounce back after a COVID-19 layoff:
Don’t feel guilty about being laid off. This is totally not your fault. I’ve seen the most talented and ambitious women lose jobs right now. It’s really tough.But take some time to breathe, tap into your network and let them know you’re looking, get your resume together and set your job search schedule.
To access the full chat, become a HER AGENDA INSIDER. You can find her business at nubianhueman.com or find them on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She also hosts a weekly career advice podcast with Living Corporate, The Link Up With Latesha and monthly career segment with NBC Charlotte.
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