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By Robin Ryan,
Career Coach

Robin Ryan is considered America's most popular career coach with over 1000 TV & radio appearances including Dr. Phil Show, Oprah, Fox News, CNN.

She is the best-selling author of: What to Do with the Rest of Your Life; 60 Seconds & You're Hired!; Winning Resumés; and Winning Cover Letters; and also the DreamMaker & Interview Advantage Audio Programs.

Robin has a busy career counseling practice providing individual career coaching, resumé writing services and interview preparation to clients nationwide.

A dynamic national speaker, Robin frequently teaches audiences how to improve their lives and obtain greater success.

To contact Robin, or to purchase her books and audio training programs click here: http://www.robinryan.com

Copyright 2006 Robin Ryan. All rights reserved.

If you want your career to SOAR in the months ahead, you need a solid, actionable plan. That's the trick that worked for Tanya, a Katrina survivor who sought me out to coach her on her job search process.

I had heartfelt compassion for this woman who was a college registrar for a community college in New Orleans. Her home suffered a great deal of damage, her family went to Atlanta and her campus was underwater. She worked in temporary offices the college set up 85 miles from New Orleans.

In January the college president said they could no longer pay the staff salaries since so few students had returned. She HAD to job hunt. But her job is rare -- most colleges only have one person in that role, which meant only 30 jobs exist in all of ATLANTA! She had a needle in a haystack chance.

When she failed to get an interview at Spellman College, she realized she needed help to reach her goal. So she searched the Internet for a career counselor and found me.

Having lost so much, I was amazed that she was NOT bitter or playing the victim card. We created a top-notch resume that really emphasized her talents, strengths & skills. THIS TIME she got an interview. In fact, my eyes just welled up in tears as I read her email that said "I got the job!!!" If she can do this by overcoming horrific fates and odds, you can do it too.

Goals are the secret to accomplishing great things.

Success is no accident. You need to clearly define what you want -- a new job, a promotion, a BIG salary increase -- and then set up and start conducting the action steps to achieve that goal.

In the last several months, I've see a large increase in the number of career counseling clients who are talented people (some employed, some not) but each one decided that they can get a better job.

If you feel you are been underpaid, or are dissatisfied at work, the time to move on is NOW! These guidelines will get you jump-started on reaching your goal.

1. Set Goals with defined outcomes. These are NOT the same. Goals are conceptual. Outcomes are what actually happen.

Write down your goals clearly. Make them specific and measurable. Outline everything you need to do to achieve your goal. Step by step, date by date, outline your plan.

If you want a new job note what's the title, the kind of company you'll flourish in, the dollar amount of salary & any special benefits you seek.

2. Make outcomes achievable. Thinking you'll double your salary next year is more likely a fantasy.

Make a reachable goal such as, "I'll increase my salary 20% when I land my next promotion within the next four months. Then I'll earn $95,000."

3. Picture your success. The American Psychologists Association noted that envisioning a goal's outcome does lead to its success. You need to believe in yourself to achieve it, since that translates into more effective self-marketing.

4. Break your goal(s) into doable pieces. Set a deadline for your goal and, if necessary, interim deadlines.

Some major goals, such as becoming CEO when you're far from the top, need several action steps over time to achieve them. It is requires a well established personal brand (http://soaringon.com/brandyourself.htm).

Incremental baby steps put on paper are key to delivering your success. Set up a timeline and put a completion date next to each step. Define what problems and obstacles you are likely to encounter. List who or what person, book, or resource can help solve the problem.

5. Act on your plan immediately. Do something, anything, but get started. It is amazing how many people fail because they don't take action toward their goals and plans.

Network, research openings, update your resume, read a career guide on Interviewing, learn how to better negate salary, find a career counselor, etc.

So, to get you going, answer this question: I'll start today by doing WHAT?

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Copyright 2006 Robin Ryan. All rights reserved.

With appearances including Oprah, Fox News, CNN, Robin Ryan is considered America's top career coach. She is the best-selling author of: ; 60 Seconds & You're Hired!; Soaring on Your Strengths, What to Do with the Rest of Your Life; Winning Resumés; and Winning Cover Letters. Robin has a busy career counseling practice providing individual career coaching, resumé writing services and interview preparation to clients nationwide. A dynamic national speaker, Robin frequently teaches audiences how to improve their lives and obtain greater success.

To sign up for Robin's FREE monthly e-Newsletter or to purchase her books and audio training programs click here: http://www.robinryan.com

To contact Robin email: RobinRyan@aol.com; or phone her at 425.226.0414.