Kitty J. Boitnott, PhD, NBCT
Certified Life Strategies & Stress Management Coach
Most of you know that I am a retired teacher and librarian. I worked in the public schools of Virginia for 33 years and I loved, loved, loved that experience.
After that, I leapt out of the comfort zone of the familiar and the relatively “easy” by running for and becoming the President of the Virginia Education Association…something I did from 2008-2012.
As I left the VEA, I recognized that I was suffering from a severe case of job “burn out.” As much as I loved representing my professional colleagues and advocating for the children who attend public schools, the job had been one that took a lot out of me… physically and emotionally.
After taking a few months to rest and rejuvenate myself, I decided that it was time to get back to work. I was unprepared, however, for the maze of job boards, all of the changes in expectations regarding resumés, cover letters, and getting my LinkedIn profile up to speed. Suddenly, looking for a job became a full time occupation!
Somehow I was led to the website of a company called CareerHMO. The company is owned and operated by J.T. O’Donnell, a coach who has developed a proven methodology that she calls the “disruptive job search.”
J.T. was my coach during the time that I subscribed to CareerHMO’s JSAP program (Job Search Assistance Program). With the help of that program, I got crystal clear about what it was that I did and what it was that I didn’t want in my next professional endeavor.
I knew in my heart of hearts that I really wanted to become a life coach, but I didn’t know any life coaches, I didn’t know how to select a program, and I wasn’t sure I could start a business of my own at this stage in my life.
J.T. says that we are all a “business of one” and she has noted the growing trend of individuals starting their own businesses and serving as independent professional consultants.
With J.T.’s encouragement, I decided to once again leave my “comfort zone” and start my own business as a coach. I have been grateful to J.T. personally and I have been recommending her program to others who have found themselves seeking jobs or new positions.
I truly believe that J.T.’s program is the “real deal.” The content of the program is rich and covers the gamut from self-assessment to the importance of developing a regular job search practice to eliminating negative self-talk that can be so damaging when people are between jobs.
Because I am such a fan of J.T’s and CareerHMO, I am thrilled to announce that I have joinedCareerHMO as an Independent Coach Consultant (ICC). Once again, I am reaching beyond my own particular comfort zone. I am joining with other highly qualified coaches, and I am certain that I will learn something new every day.
So, let me ask you. When was the last time you stretched outside your own comfort zone? When was the last time you "took a chance," or risked something in order to do something you wanted to do but had been afraid to try? Do you routinely complain about your life but stop short of taking action to change it?
If so, I encourage you to consider what you might do to change things up a bit. How might you go about stretching yourself and taking on a new experience or embracing a new opportunity?
And as for my new endeavor, you may not be looking for a job right now, but chances are you know somebody who is.
Right now, for those who go through my link at careerhmo.com/kitty-boitnott-external, you are eligible to take advantage of a free offer AND deep discounts on the prices of the packages that are available to subscribers.
Having gone through the JSAP program myself, I can offer a testimonial to its effectiveness. I highly recommend it.
Please feel free to share the link with anyone who is between jobs, looking to change jobs, or anyone who anticipates wanting to look for a promotion or change at some time in the future. The methodology that is offered in this program can be used by anyone who wants to prepare themselves for their next great job.
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