ClearVoice - Spring Newsletter


In This Issue:


Q. I have been considering becoming a mentor.  What are some best practices?
A. Becoming a Mentor is a rewarding experience and one that many people find both invigorating and demanding. A few things to think about in developing a successful mentoring relationship are:
  • Set clear expectations - this seems basic, but if this step is missed or minimized, the mentoring relationship is at risk. Decide on the who, what, when, where and start with the WHY of the mentoring relationship.
  • Ask more than you answer - this is not always easy, especially when the mentor has answers based on their experience. The value of a mentor is to ask powerful questions, listen hard, and guide the mentee to self-discovery.
  • Don't be afraid to get personal - trust expands when you focus on the whole person rather than exclusively on their role in the work world.
  • Be ready to learn ... and have fun!.
Don't Apologize 
Landing a new job or making a career change is harder if your career has zigged and zagged and taken some unexpected turns. Having a nonlinear path isn't a showstopper, but it does mean that you have to take control of your narrative to convince employers that you have the expertise to do the job, and you won't jump ship the next time the wind blows in a different direction.

"Before you can communicate your story to someone else, you need to understand your career path yourself."
Eleanor Roosevelt recognized the power of finding mentors and credited her mentors for helping her make history. She believed you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by seeking the advice of someone you respect and endeavoring to establish relationships with the best mentor for your needs at any given time.
Fast forward almost 100 years and Eleanor Roosevelt's recommendation could not be truer. Given the trends in the job market today (job mobility, globalization, pace of change, etc.), creating a circle of mentors, sponsors, and peers you can learn from, and with, is an essential success strategy.
"At ClearRock, we help people navigate their career transitions by identifying their strengths, skills, and values, and creating a plan to achieve their goal."  

ClearRockInTheCommunityClearRock in the Community
Laura presents to Americorps Members
Laura Poisson, President of ClearRock, presented job search training to AmeriCorps members in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay. 

ClearRock's Ellie Eckhoff, facilitated a NEHRA (Northeast Human Resources Association) webinar on the topic of Onboarding - Protect Your Investment and Position Your Leader For Success.  

Survey Results

The results are coming in ... over 100 companies participated in our 2016 Severance Survey.

Regarding Senior-Level Executives in Career Transition:
  • Almost 99% of companies surveyed offer Outplacement services to their released Senior-Level Executives. 
  • Working with a dedicated senior consultant 1:1 is the most important benefit companies look for with regard to Senior-Level Outplacement services. 
  • Following closely behind are having a Team of Advisors / Researchers, and continued support until candidate has landed a new position.