How to Shop for the Perfect Job
By Camille BoivinJune 25, 2012
You go into a shoe store hoping for a perfect fit – a shoe that won’t blister your heels, won’t pinch your toes and somehow supports your arches. But imagine you’ve never tried on a shoe in your entire life. (Say you grew up on a beach and never needed footwear.) Where do you start? Strappy sandals, stilettos, sneakers, loafers, pumps? Soon enough, you’ll have tried on the entire store.
But you’ll also have a far better idea of what suits your taste and exact needs. Forget six inch heels, you want one inch pumps. Forget matt leather, you want a glossy finish. Forget yellow or red, you are looking for a midnight blue.
Goodness knows Lisa Millar, our recent Woman in Business feature, has had her fair share of workplace changes, but all the while she’s been building toward that perfect shoe. Or more literally, a job that fits her strengths and taste.
“It was a progression. When an office job came available through a connection of my mother’s, I leapt at it. I was working as a receptionist when I first got there, and I shortly moved over into accounting, and it was really good, I liked it.”
From there she began to grow within her career, all the while changing workplaces. “I was in high tech for so long [...] companies either go out of business or they get sold, so I’ve had many jobs, like fourteen jobs.”
But while some would view all those changes as a drain – Lisa was experimenting with every new position. “Change is pretty simple for me. As a result, I ended up in some interesting positions with a lot of variety.”Â Essentially she “got to really get a taste of different sides of companies.”
Camille Boivin is founder of Sister Leadership, bringing herknowledge of resilience, perseverance, and changing perception to others. She aspires toÂ help women explode their success. For more posts and experiences, join Camille at her Sister Leadership page, connect on Twitter, and follow on Facebook. Welcome to the Sister Leadership community!
Title: Certified Executive Coach, ACC
Organization: Sister Leadership
Camille Boivin transitioned from 30 years of corporate sales and marketing experience to one with more entrepreneurial spirit. In 2009/2010, she reached top sales recognition by achieving 49% growth in multi-million dollar advertising buys at our nationâ€™s #1 daily newspaper, The Ottawa Citizen. As she creates a space to be more curious about life, she is coaching extraordinary women leaders in entrepreneurship, mid-management and senior executive positions. Transformational coaching consists of mind, body and purpose shifts, which is supported by focusing on building on strengths. Ms. Boivin's clients are leaders in healthcare, client relationship management, entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer. Ms. Boivin is a graduate of the Royal Roads Executive coach training program and possess 30 years of experience in the corporate sales and marketing. She is a certified practitioner of EQ 2.0 and DISC. As a master practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, she facilitates workshops on how to better communicate with others as well as to seek clarity for what we want in life. She is a trained facilitator of DISC, Legacy Leadership and Coaching Out-of-the-Box. Ms. Boivin's top five values are: courage, empathy, confidence, community and wellness. What she brings to the co-creation coaching process is a very safe space to dive into bigger issues both personally and professionally, starting with business challenges and, when the client is ready, moving away from strategies into our belief system. Purpose fuels her courage as she has transitioned, as many do, from a fiery point of disease to one of extraordinary health. She has been through the eye of the needle and returned with more energy and resilience than ever before.