Elect a Board of Career Advisors
"Without consultation plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed."
Need career advice? Recruit career advisors
Think of career advisors as a recipe for success. Look for five individual ingredients: 1. A current or recent boss whom you respect. 2. An expert in the career you are in or seek. 3. A professional career counselor. 4. A teacher or mentor. 5. A lover of your soul – either family or friend.
Criteria for selecting career advisors
Career advisors must meet four criteria - they all must: 1. Care about you and your career. 2. Dare to ask the tough questions. 3. Tear down the walls if you exhibit resistance or apathy. 4. Wear well with you and everyone else.
Invite career advisors to a board meeting
Not only talk with career advisors individually, but also invite them to meet together for a couple of hours. Pick a quiet, comfortable place. Provide light refreshments along with pens and paper.
Agenda for advisory board meeting
Open with purpose of meeting and prayer. Introduce each one to everyone. Outline your career situation and hoped for results. Suggest key questions. Ask for key input. Keep a spirit of dialogue and openness. Close on time with thanks and a small gift for each advisor.
Feedback from career advisors
Ask each career advisor for key input in three ways: 1. Here's what I am hearing. 2. Here's what I am thinking. 3. Here's what I am suggesting. Take notes and ask questions for clarification.
How to respond to career advice
Appreciate advisors and their advice. No debating or defending allowed. Seek to understand and consider all advice for 24 hours. The next day, write all advisors a summary of all advice - asking for further feedback with great appreciation.
Advice and the Almighty
Before you take action, take everyone's advice to the Almighty in prayer and His Word in Scripture. Remember that God has promised, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you." (Psalm 32:8)
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