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  • Episode 4 | Recovering Corpoholics

    Ep 4 - How To Job Search While Working Your Big 4 Job - Part 1 In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about some great tips to help you job search while busy working full time at your Big 4 job. As you know I promise short and quick episodes for you as I know you all are busy, so I will be going over 4 of those tips today and 4 of them next week. ​ So Make sure you tune next week in as I’m saving my favorite tips for next week! ​ Find the full show notes for the episode at RecovingCorpholics.com/4. ​ Now, Looking for a job while still working has its advantages but it also has its disadvantages. On one hand, you get to stay employed, which means you keep getting your paycheck. On the other hand, finding the time to apply and interview all while playing it cool and perform can be tough. ​ So how can you make job searching easier on yourself while working full time? Let’s get started with tip #1. ​ 1. Update LinkedIn The first tip is to update your LinkedIn profile. Even if you’re not sure what your next move is, it’s always better to have your LinkedIn profile updated. You never know what employers are looking at you and may offer you a dream opportunity. I know when I was working at a Big 4, I would get at least 1-2 recruiting messages each week on LinkedIn as I always kept my profile updated. Now, people are always looking for big 4 employees, so even if you just said Manager at Big 4, or whatever your title is, you may still get those messages but you get what I mean. Always show your value and what you bring to the table. In reality, you should make reviewing and updating your LinkedIn profile a monthly/quarterly thing as changing your profile up dramatically can send signals to your employer and collogues that you’re ready to jump ship. There are three quick tips I like to give with LinkedIn. First, before you start editing away, make sure you turn off profile notifications so your updates aren’t shared with your network. Unless you are getting promoted, you don’t want to share that you updated your job responsibilities. That tells people right there you’re thinking of changing it up. Second, don’t tag your profile ‘looking for new opportunities’. If you subscribe to LinkedIn (where you can see who viewed your profile), you can see who has this tag on their profile and you don’t want anyone to find out that you are looking for a job. I know most of the Partners & Directors I worked with had this feature on their profile so just be smart and don’t add this tag unless you don’t care about people finding out. Third, remember that you are still employed with your current job. Another dead giveaway you are looking for a new job is to change your profile so much that it may not match your current job at hand. For example, maybe you’re a finance consultant and you want to break into the technology space. Highlighting tasks that you do only 10% of the time may send signals that you want someone to see you in a different light. Now it’s OK to show this but this is just a tip to be cautious on what and how you share your information. 2. Keep your job hunt a secret at work The second tip I have and what would seem obvious to some is to keep your job hunt or dissatisfaction at work to yourself. Now you think you may do this but even the closet coworker can accidently spill the beans. What I’ve come to find that it is so competitive in the corporate world that if someone has a way to get ahead, they are going to use it. And if that’s not the case, there is just a lot of gossip that your secret ends up getting out one way or another. And as soon as others know you want to leave, it’s like a small matchbook fire that spreads like wildfire. Every time you make a simple mistake, even if it was human error, is now due to you not wanting to be there anymore. This could also affect your project status as well. Maybe they need to take someone off a project due to budget issues. Maybe they won’t staff you for a long-term project as they know they need someone who will be there. Whatever the case may be, keep your job hunt to yourself. Now, if your Partner or Director does ask you if you are thinking of leaving, that may put you in a bit of a sticky situation. You don’t want to lie, but you also don’t want to put it all out there. Keep your response vague and always add a positive spin at the end. It would sound something like this – “Me leaving? – I mean I get so many of those random LinkedIn messages but as of right now, my interest is staying here. I really like the team I’m working with and where I am headed. I really value my career here.” Now since you don’t have an offer letter in hand and your interest is staying employed till you find a new job, you technically aren’t lying. FYI, I tell you this as I have been asked before if I was thinking about leaving and I did tell the truth. It ended up horribly for 2 reasons. First, The moment I told my boss I wanted to leave – and only to go to another line of service- I was alienated. I felt like everything I did wasn’t good enough and the work just kept piling up. Her tone was different with me. I felt like I was left out of meetings and important conversations. And secondly, she didn’t support my choice and made it very clear. She made sure to tell me I’d never make it and honestly, it was very discouraging as I looked up to her. Working with her then became toxic to me and I couldn’t wait to not work with her anymore. Now her dissatisfaction actually did help me because it drove me even harder to get that job. I’ve told this story in a previous episode but just for those who are new listening on, I really wanted to go from audit to consulting and this director of mine told me I would never make it. I only had a bachelor’s degree at that time and they all had MBA’s from respected universities and it was soul crushing to hear this from someone I looked up to. Now this is just my opinion. If you feel like you can trust who you report to or have colleagues you know won’t spill the beans, that is your choice to tell them. But if you do, maybe just share you’re thinking about it vs telling them every little detail. 3. Be Smart on Social Media My third tip is similar to not sharing your job hunt at work but goes further to say - be smart on social media. You may be excited for an interview but don’t make an IG story saying ‘Wish me Luck’ and also don’t start trash talking your day or an event at work. You never know who is watching and reading your posts and sharing it with others. Also, now is the time to clean on your social media and make sure you have a consistent brand across your network. And also to ensure your profile is on private if you don’t want anyone to see your posts. ​ 4. Don’t publicly post your resume The fourth tip I have is to be smart about where you upload your resume. I know you want to leave your big 4 job, I’ve been there, but don’t post your resume somewhere publicly where someone can find it. Big 4 recruiters are looking for candidates all the time and may stumble across your resume. Be smart about how you apply. Now those are the top 4 tips that I have for today. Next week I am going to share with you the next 4 tips I have, with them being my favorite! ​ Stay Inspired and Live Powerfully! Previous Episode Back to the Podcast Main Page Next Episode ENJOYED THIS EPISODE? Subscribe to podcast and also get your copy of: 4 Steps to Quit the Corporate Games and Break Free into a Meaningful Career

  • Episode 21 | Recovering Corpoholics

    Episode 21 – 4 Better Ways to Apply for Jobs vs Blindly Applying Online In today’s episode of Recovering Corpoholics, we're going to talk about 4 better ways to show interest and apply for jobs other than blindly applying online. ​ Find the full show notes to this episode at RecoveringCorpoholics.com/21 Looking for a new job can be tough! Although companies are hiring at a record pace, getting your resume in front of the right eyes can be challenging. So other than blindly applying online, which has a 5% success rate, how else can you show interest and apply for a job? Here are 4 better ways you can show interest and apply for jobs that are better than applying online. ​ 1. Use your network. First, and if you’ve been listening, then you know the first way I’m going to say that’s better to show your interest in a position than applying online is networking! Think about all the people you know, the people who your network knows and so forth! Leverage your network! They are going to be the highest chance of success for you as they can connect you directly to the hiring managers or recruiters as referrals. And if you were listening to last week’s episode, you know how far a referral can go! Ask your network if there are any positions open, to refer you, everything! Well everything depends on your relationship. For more on how to networking, see my networking series that I did - Episodes 14, 15 and 16. 2. Reach out to the Hiring Manager/Recruiter directly. The second better way I want to share with you is to reach out to hiring managers or recruiters directly. You may want to be considerate and not do this but if you think this way you are missing out! Remember, people want to fill roles fast. The faster they fill, the more work can get done. And the better the recruiters metrics are. There is no time to waste in the corporate world! To me, it shows just how ambitious you are and how willing you are to go above and beyond. Now there is a strategic way to go about this. You want to make sure your messaging is on point and creative enough to stand out. And you also don’t want to be annoying. You only want to send one message or two at max. Start out by making a list of the companies you want to work for and try to find the recruiter or hiring manager for the job requisite. Sometimes they are even listed right on the job req or maybe you’ll have to do some research. ​ 3. Leverage LinkedIn. And that leads me to the third option I want to share with you and that is to use LinkedIn. If you want to reach out to a recruiter or a hiring manager and are not sure who that is, search for the company, then look for a recruiter and reach out to them. Maybe you can even find the job req on linkedin or someone who has shared it and reach out that way. You can also look for the company you want to work for and reach out to Partners or other people who are in a high up position. Or anyone for that matter. Again, it's all about your messaging here. And let me caveat but saying, if you are going to leverage LinkedIn for Networking and job searches, you need to ensure your profile is up to date. This is not only for when people click on your profile to see who you are, but recruiters are also looking for people to fill roles as well. According to a survey conducted by Jobvite, 93% of recruiters are looking for professionals to fill the jobs they have open on LinkedIn. So make sure your profile is up to date, creative and public. ​ ​ 4. Find events to attend. The fourth way I want to talk about is in person networking, such as job fairs, networking events, industry events and so on. Going to events like these, you get in front of the right people who can get you an interview for those jobs you want. If anything, you get to increase your network, learn more about roles/organizations and just have fun exploring. ​ Again, I am not saying you shouldn’t apply for jobs online, all I'm saying is it shouldn’t be your only or main strategy to find a new job. The more you incorporate other ways, the greater your chance for landing that job! Stay inspired and live powerfully, Felicia Previous Episode Back to the Podcast Main Page Previous Episode ENJOYED THIS EPISODE? Subscribe to podcast and also get your copy of: 4 Steps to Quit the Corporate Games and Break Free into a Meaningful Career

  • Episode 39 | Recovering Corpoholics

    Episode 39 - How to Successfully Plan Goals In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about goal planning. ​ Find the Full Notes to this episode at RecoveringCorpoholics.com/39. This episode is all about goal planning. Because if you don’t have a plan, you don’t have a goal, you have a wish. And if you don’t know where you are going, you will end up someplace else! You may have a goal in mind but if you don’t have a plan in place to achieve that goal, and I'm talking about all the steps and everything you need to do to achieve that goal, then you may not reach it. Let's take a second to be real with ourselves. I mean, Just think about 2020. That was an unprecedented year that no one expected. We may have started out with goals but with everything that happened that year, your goals may have taken a hit. Instead of being strategic about your time, we all turned on our survival modes and had to deal with things we never had to deal with before. I know that was totally unexpected but so is life. Having a child sick, you getting sick, having more work to do, dealing with daily life... I mean things happen! We get busy. Moral of the story, if we want to achieve our goals, we need to be strategic in our actions and take control of our future. Aka have a plan! ​ Without goals, we can drift from one thing to another resulting in a feeling that time has been wasted on things that are irrelevant, irresponsible or just unimportant. ​ Having goals, we get to choose the direction of our lives and create our future. Goal setting gives us something to look forward to. I don’t know about you but I get excited when I have things I want to achieve. ​ One thing that I especially love about goal setting is that it triggers new behaviors or habits, helping guide our focus and helping us sustain that momentum in life. ​ I think the most important thing to note here is that the process of working on our goals makes us happy. We are for sure happy when we achieve our goal, but it's the pride in ourselves that we actually did something we committed to that lights us up. ​ Just take a moment and think back to a time where you wanted to do something and you actually did it. How did you feel? Amazing right?! Well I want you to feel that again because that’s exactly what we're doing this week! ​ OK so let’s get into it! ​ Now that you have your goal down and it is SMART and gives you a SPARK, I want to show you the process of planning your goals. First, take your top goal you identified and set a date for how long it’s going to take you to achieve. Maybe it's to lose 20 pounds so you decide you want it to take 6 months. Second, I want you to break that down by monthly milestones. For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds in 6 months, how much do you need to lose each month to lose 20 pounds? Around 3-4 pounds. Then for each month, write down what it would take or look like to lose 3-4 pounds. That's a pound a week! What do you need to eat each week, what exercises do you need to do? Take all the guesswork out! You can even be extra and write down what you will eat each day and when you will work out. That will for sure set you up for success. And the same goes for a life goal. Say you want to write a book and you say it will take you one year. OK, well, where do you need to be at 9 months, 6 months, 3 months, etc., in order to complete your goal? Now it depends on how you want to break it out. Maybe the goal is to write a chapter per month. Then what do you need to do each week in order to complete that chapter? Maybe it's to have the book completed by 6 months and then have it edited by 9 months so it is finalized by month 12. Whatever the case may be, take your goal and figure out how long it will take and then break it down by month and then by week! The important thing is that you know what you need to do each month and then know what you need to do each week! Sometimes we don’t know what to do and that stops us so planning it out ensures that you know exactly what action to take and when. The way I do it is to take a couple sheets of paper (you can use the computer) and then I write down my goal and the milestones I need to hit underneath it. I then have a page per week (or you can do a page per milestone) and I write down what I need to get done that week. Then when I make my plan for the week (when that week comes up), I know I need to figure out when I am doing that activity (if I hadn’t already). A great tip is to block the activity or time off in your calendar like it is an important meeting you can’t miss. Now that you have that plan and it's scheduled in your calendar, it is real. And once you have that all in place, create your accountability plan to stay on track. What happens if you get off track? What will you do? Will you join a group? Work with a coach? Etc. And after about every 4-8 weeks, you should access your goal plan and see if anything needs to be tweaked. As easy as it sounds, the hardest part about doing this is actually taking the time to actually do it! Sounds silly but it is! So take the time now and set yourself up for success! And don’t forget to celebrate. It’s not just the goal, but the journey you’re on! You may not be exactly where you want to be yet, but acknowledge yourself for how far you’ve come! With that said, get to work. Get it done if you want to see real changes in your life. And if you have any questions, you know you could always reach out time. OK? See you next week! ​ Stay Inspired and Live Powerfully, Felicia Previous Episode Back to the Podcast Main Page Next Episode ENJOYED THIS EPISODE? Subscribe to podcast and also get your copy of: 4 Steps to Quit the Corporate Games and Break Free into a Meaningful Career

  • Episode 20 | Recovering Corpoholics

    Episode 20 - Is Applying Online For Jobs a Waste of Time? In today’s episode of Recovering Corpoholics, we're going to discuss if applying online is a waste of time. Find the full show notes to this episode at RecoveringCorpoholics.com/20 So, you want to find a new job. As you’ve probably done in the past, you start looking at job sites such as Monster.com or Indeed.com, LinkedIn, or even the career pages of those companies you want to work for. When you find something that catches your eye, you apply (which is uploading your resume and then basically retyping the same information from your resume). And then you wait and hope that someone reaches out to you. But is this worth your time? To me, it’s not. And I am going to share with you 4 reasons why I think that it is. Now that’s not to say you shouldn’t be applying for jobs online. All I want to say is this shouldn’t be your main or only strategy to get a new job. That’s why I believe networking is so important. (To learn more about networking, listen to the Networking series I did, episodes 14, 15 and 16). So, what are those 4 reasons? ​ 1. High competition / Low success rate. First, the success rate for applying for jobs online is at most 5%, meaning that 95% of applicants will not get hired by applying online. Why is this? Well, applying for jobs is pretty much a straightforward and easy process. There are some people who want the job and some are just applying to see what happens. Whatever the case may be, the competition is high, hence why the success rate is so low! We honestly could end this episode right there but let’s continue with more reasons. ​ 2. The process sucks. The second reason in my opinion that applying for jobs online isn’t worth your time is that the system doesn’t work in your favor. You may be the most qualified for the job but depending on when you apply, recruiters may never see your resume. According to Inc.com, on average, every corporate job listing gets 250 applicants. However, only 4 to 6 of the applicants will be called for an interview. Why is this? It’s just how the process works. When I did a tour in recruiting during non-busy season, I saw it first-hand. The hiring manager would ask for 10 resumes and I just went in the system and went from who applied first down the list. Once I found 10 good resumes, I didn’t even look at the rest of them. So, if you are #20 to apply for the job, your resume may never be seen if they already reached the number of resumes requested. So, unless you apply as soon as the requisite comes out, is it even worth your time? Now, if you are an internal candidate or internal referral, they have to look at your resume (hence why referrals are so important). But if there are 10 good internal candidates or a mix of internal and internal referrals, you could still be the best qualified external applicant but again, you won’t get seen so it doesn’t matter. Now they do have Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), software that scans resumes for selected information the hiring manager wants, but according to Forbes.com, 75% of applicants are still rejected with this software. I will do another episode on how to make your resume ATS reviewable. Sign up for my email updates at RecoveringCorpoholics.com to be the first to know when that comes out! ​ 3. It’s time consuming. Third, applying for jobs online is tedious and time consuming. Yes, it is a straightforward process but sometimes (and most times) you should be tweaking your resume and cover letter to match the job. Now add that to submitting your resume (and then basically retyping it) and potentially answering those random questions take time. Time that may be better spent somewhere else, like Networking. Especially now that we know our resume has a low chance of ever being seen. ​ 4. The process is slow. On to the next reason and that is the process is slow! Maybe you get a call in a week or two, maybe it will be a month or more! But Honestly, you probably won’t even hear anything with the way applying online works! And the worst part is that you are completely in the dark the entire time. Sometimes they go through the entire hiring process and hire someone before letting you know you haven’t been selected. And we all know how long that process can take. And since the process is slow, all it does is make you feel in limbo and bring down your confidence. Maybe you stop applying and just give up. And what this limbo/low confidence feeling does to you is just makes you feel hopeless. So, then you just give up and suck it up at your current job. I want you to remember here that it’s not you, it’s them! You are more than qualified; you just aren’t getting seen! So, the real question is, how can you get seen! And that’s exactly why you need to be networking instead. In summary, it’s not that you shouldn’t be applying for jobs online, it just shouldn’t be the only or the main strategy you use. Stay tuned for next week when I go over how you should apply for jobs instead. Stay inspired and live powerfully, Felicia Previous Episode Back to the Podcast Main Page Next Episode ENJOYED THIS EPISODE? Subscribe to podcast and also get your copy of: 4 Steps to Quit the Corporate Games and Break Free into a Meaningful Career

  • Episode 38 | Recovering Corpoholics

    Episode 38 - How To Develop Goals You'll Actually Want to Achieve In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about How to Develop Goals You’ll Actually Want to Achieve. Find the Full Notes to this episode at RecoveringCorpoholics.com/38. There are all things that we want to achieve in this life. However, sometimes, we just aren’t clear with what that is, we get stopped along the way or sometimes we actually don’t want that goal even though we may think that we do. But what if there was a way to set goals that we actually wanted to achieve so we were more motivated to get to the finish line? Let’s get into it. A Goal is a desired result that one plans and commits to achieve. Now a lot of you may know this, but if you want to be truly successful in achieving your goals, you need to be very clear on what your goals are. Here is the criteria your goals should meet: ​ First, your Goals should be Outcome focused What is it that you really want to achieve? And that outcome should make you feel excited! If you have a goal you are excited about, I promise you that you’re 90% of the way there ​ Second, Goals should also be In line with your WHY and your values The more a goal aligns with your inner or core values - the EASIER it will be to achieve. The more your goal will Drive you! This way, if you get wrapped up in the day/week, your goal is something you love and want to do. It will be easier to keep going or pick back up. Note: You can achieve goals that don’t align with your values/your WHY but it's usually harder and less satisfying. For example, your job may require you to take some accreditation test. If you're not crazy about your job, you may not have the same passion and excitement to keep your momentum to study going. It may feel more like a chore. But think now that you have to take a test to be the best in your field, a field where you are so passionate about, how do you feel about studying now? Challenged? Excited? ​ Third, Goals should be stated in the positive Instead of saying: “I want to stop snacking”, say “I want to eat healthy” Instead of saying: “I want to quit smoking”, say “I want to be healthy, be able to breathe and live a long life”. Instead of saying: “I want to quit my crappy job”, say “I want to be in a career that I can impact millions, that I am passionate about, that I am recognized for”. See the difference? —----- ​ Fourth, your Goals should be SMART I’m sure you’ve heard this so many times so I will just briefly go into this. SMART Stands for: SMART: Specific (so you know exactly what you are trying to achieve) Instead of “I want to be a better runner”, it’s “I want to be able to run for longer distances”. Note, A better runner, could be form, it could be speed, it could be various different things but here we clarified that it's to be able to run nonstop for 30 minutes. Measureable (so you know when you have achieved it) Instead of “I want to be able to run for longer distances”, it’s “I will be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight and I can measure my progress by timing myself each run” Originally, we didn’t have a marker of when we would know when we achieved our goal. Is it a minute, an hour, 3 hours, etc.? Now we know how we will measure our goals to see when we achieved it. Action-oriented (so you can DO something about it!) Instead of “I will be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight”, it’s “I would like to be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight and I can achieve this by pushing myself to run at least 5 more minutes each week” Originally, it was just a goal, now we know what we need to do to achieve our goal. Realistic and Relevant (so it IS achievable) Instead of “I would like to be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight so I will I will run everyday”, it’s “I want to be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight and I will do this by setting 4 times aside each week of when I can run” Running everyday sounds like a great idea, but with the craziness of life, we may not be able to. As I constantly say, set yourself up for success. Look at your schedule each week to when you can actually run and make a date with yourself. Add it to your calendar just like any other important business meeting, Time-Bound (has a deadline) Instead of “I want to be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight and I will do this by setting 4 times aside each week of when I can run” “I will be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight within 3 months. I will set aside 4 times I can run each week and time myself each run to measure my progress”. Now we know what we want to do, how and when! Look at the goal in the beginning - “to be a better runner” - to now, “I will be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight within 3 months. I will set aside 4 times I can run each week and time myself each run to measure my progress”. Do you see how much clearer the goal is? ​ And lastly, Your goals gives you a SPARK! A SPARK goal is one that is: SPARK: Significant - Stop living small. How significant is your goal? Proud - Would achieving this goal make You proud? Authentic - Is this goal something you actually want? Ready - Are you ready to start? Kick-ass - Does this excite you? I love having SMART goals that also give us a SPARK because sometimes we want things for the wrong reasons and that could stop us from achieving our goals. Set yourself up for success by having SMART goals that give you a SPARK! With that said, I want you to take a moment and write down the goals you want to achieve for yourself in the future. You may only have a couple of goals in mind but I want to challenge you to write down at least 5 goals. Dream big and just get all your goals down that you’d want to achieve for yourself. And if you need help on this, refer back to episodes 33-36 on dreaming big and exercises to help you dream big! I know that it takes some time to turn goals into a SMART goals so for now, take one of your goals and turn it into a SMART goal that gives you a SPARK. And remember, these don’t need to be perfect, I just want you to get everything out of your mind. That’s all I have for this week. I hope this episode helped with setting more motivating goals tha you actually want to achieve! ​ Stay Inspired and Live Powerfully, Felicia ​ Previous Episode Back to the Podcast Main Page Next Episode ENJOYED THIS EPISODE? Subscribe to podcast and also get your copy of: 4 Steps to Quit the Corporate Games and Break Free into a Meaningful Career

  • Episode 9 | Recovering Corpoholics

    Episode 9 – Why You'll Never Leave Your Big 4 Job In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss 4 reasons why you’ll never leave your big 4 job. Find the full show notes for the episode at RecovingCorpholics.com/9. There are many reasons you may want to change jobs. And as much as you want to leave, actually doing is tough. Especially one where you make a great salary, have great benefits, have a big brand behind you and now for some, never have to go into the office again. ​ However, for those who are still thinking about leaving and feel stuck, here are 4 reasons holding you back from leaving and tips to work through each. 1. You have no idea what you want The first thing that is keeping you at the job you hate is that you have no idea what you want. This is the thing that kept me stuck for so long. I knew that I didn’t want to be in my current job anymore but I had no idea what I wanted to do next. ​ Too many people who want to quit their job don’t have a next step planned. And if they do, it’s only half thought out. Let me explain. ​ If you aren’t happy in your job, must likely, you are looking for a job that improves upon the thing that is making you miserable. ​ Don’t like you team or boss? Well, moving to a new team or getting a new boss will do the trick. Don’t like that you travel a lot, or don’t like that you don’t travel at all? Well, switch to the opposite. ​ I mean this in no offense to anyone, but most people will look for the quick, easy solution to their problems. It’s like putting a band aid on the real problem. I used to be no different. ​ When I was in audit, I hated the hours and that the work was so boring. The solution? Going into consulting where the work was always different! ​ When I was in consulting where I couldn’t do the travel anymore, what did I do? I went internal. But when I was internal and couldn’t do the work as I wanted to make more of an impact, I finally decided to take a look at my career and figure out what I actually wanted – instead of just taking another job to check the box. ​ So, if you are unhappy and don’t know what you want, sit down, make a plan, and take the time out to figure it out. ​ 2. You’re too busy The second thing that is keeping you at the job you hate is that you’re too busy to look for another job. Sometimes we are too busy and things come up but to me, you spend time on things that you prioritize. ​ If you want to work out, you will find the time. You’ll wake up early, go on your lunch break. I used to do the 7-minute work outs in my hotel room. I always found the time because working out was important to me. ​ But when I was searching for what I wanted to do next back in Consulting, I kept putting it off. Why? Honestly, because I had no idea where to start. So instead of just sitting at the computer, I decided to do something else. ​ Want to leave your job, make the time to do so. ​ 3. You’re addicted to the money and benefits Now, this next one is a real thing and keeps a lot of people in their jobs. What is it? Money! I want to talk about two scenarios involving money here. First, it’s jumping to a new job that aligns to what you want and taking a pay decrease and the second is wanting to switch just because you feel underpaid and want a pay increase. So, let’s talk about the first scenario- wanting to change careers to something that has a lower salary. ​ When I first wanted to switch into the world of coaching, something I had such a passion for, I was hesitant. I wanted to leave a secure job making 6 figures and full benefits for a passion? ​ It took me 3 years to get over the fact that money isn’t everything. That my happiness was more important that how much I was bringing in. ​ Now money is important, don’t get me wrong. But what I never did till year three was actually go through my finances and see how much I really needed to live and how I could make money with my coaching business vs just doing it on the side as a hobby. ​ I do say this a lot but if you want something to happen, you have to make a plan and make it happen. ​ What’s the first thing you do when you get on a new engagement? You make a project plan and figure out what you are doing. Life is no different. ​ I soon realized that all I needed was a couple of months to ramp up and a couple of months in savings to get me to my goal. ​ Second scenario – you feel underpaid. Maybe you are? But it could also be that you’re not good with managing your money. And jumping to a new job with more money, you ‘re just going to feel the same where there in due time. ​ When I made x amount when I was a senior associate, I remember always feeling broke. I mean, I still couldn’t afford a 1-bedroom NYC apartment on my own. And when I got promoted to manager, I remember thinking, I couldn’t afford to buy a house. See, as I made more money, the more money I spent and the quality of my life went up. I had to really take a step back and see what I was doing with my money. ​ Honestly, I feel like the best I ever was with money is when I was an Audit associate as I really had to plan every dollar. And it wasn’t until I wanted to start my own business, did I really look into my finances. ​ Now I am not telling you that you need to check yourself and downgrade your quality of life. The message I am trying to say is before you quit to find a new job, I want you to think more than just money so you’re not in the same place a year from now. ​ 4. You’re addicted to the status This was probably the hardest for me and why I decided to start Recovering Corpoholics. I wanted to quit for the longest time and I kept telling myself that it was for all the reasons above. It was the money; I didn’t have the time or I didn’t know what I was going to do. But it really wasn’t any of that. I didn’t realize till after I left that one of the biggest problems, I had was that I was addicted to the status. I didn’t know who I was without my job title or the Big 4 brand behind me. ​ My friends always called me Fe-I-P. From traveling so much, I had VIP status everywhere. I was always upgraded to first class, the bigger rooms, you name it. It was nice. ​ It was also nice telling people what I did and who I worked for. And that was my problem. I let my job become my identity. ​ I talk about this in episode 1 where when I first left, I had to answer, tell me about yourself. And for the first time, I didn’t have the big brands or titles behind me. This wasn’t easy. I had to remind myself everyday what I was doing and what I was going to accomplish. Now, I can’t imagine ever going back. ​ If you want to leave your job and worry about what others will think of you – more importantly – worry about what you’ll think about yourself – it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate who you are and what you want to do. Life is too short to live for someone other than yourself. That’s all I have for today’s episode. I hope you enjoyed it. ​ Stay inspired and live powerfully, Felicia Previous Episode Back to the Podcast Main Page Next Episode ENJOYED THIS EPISODE? Subscribe to podcast and also get your copy of: 4 Steps to Quit the Corporate Games and Break Free into a Meaningful Career

  • Episode 34 | Recovering Corpoholics

    Episode 34 - How To Create A Vision Board In this week’s episode, we’re going to talk about how to create a vision board as it is a great tool to think about our goals and push ourselves to dream big! Find the full show notes at Recovering Corpoholics.com/34. A vision board is a collage of images and words that represents your goals and dreams. Vision boards are great as they allow you to take your goals and dreams out of your head and allow you to visually see them. With a vision board, you not only have the goal in mind, but now you have a picture in your head to motivate you in a different light. You may have a goal to lose 5 pounds this month. Great! But with a vision board, you now have a picture of someone in skinny jeans, buttoning their jeans, or just looking great and happy. And you know what they say, a picture is worth 1000 words! In addition to having the image now in your head, a vision board also allows you to see your goals on a consistent basis so you are reminded of what you want to achieve (assuming you put the board in place you can see). You still need to obviously still put in the work and take action to achieve your goals but this is a great first step in doing the preliminary work that is going to set you up for success. ​ Start by thinking about your values. If your goals are not aligned with your values, then achieving those goals won’t really resonate with you, keep you going when it gets tough or make you feel accomplished when you achieve them. When starting your vision board, think about the following questions: ​ What’s important to me? What do I enjoy? What inspires me? What would I do if there were no limits (i.e. time, money, etc.) or no judgment? What kind of life do I want for myself; my health; my family; my career, etc.? Am I putting restraints on my goals/wants or am I dreaming big? What do I have to do for my life to be what I want it to be? Where do I need to go? Where do I want to go? How do I get there? What am I missing in my life? Why do I want this? Tip: You can write the answers down (I prefer a spreadsheet) so you can really get organized and think about what you want. ​ Next, get focused. In order for your vision board to not end up being a collage of everything we aspire to be - rich, thin, successful, etc., you want to come up with the top things you want to accomplish in a certain timeframe. ​ It could be a vision board that is for the next 6 months, a year, etc., Whatever the case, prioritize what you want and what's important for you to achieve now. (Note, you can also use size to help, i.e., bigger images = bigger goals). ​ Then, get to work! Now that you know what you want, it’s time to create an empowering vision board! To create your board, you can do it the old fashioned way, using a poster board or a sheet of paper (cutting out pictures from magazines, etc.) or you can do the new age way and make in powerpoint or in Canva (I love using Canva!) Be creative! You can put any type of images, words, statements, quotes, sparkle, flare, you name it here. You can have just a couple images or you can have hundreds! I want to add a tip to only use positive images. If you want to lose weight, ask yourself, is putting swimsuit models on your board going to inspire or will it make you feel like I’ll never get there and then want to give up. I know I did that a couple years ago and eventually made it feel so unrealistic for me to get there. Now I use strong models or old pictures of myself. Remember, this is personal to you so you can do whatever you want! It’s all about how you want to create and visual your perfect life. Keep it somewhere where you can see everyday to remind you what you are after and why you are doing it! I keep mine in my bathroom where I get ready in the morning. That’s all I have for this week's episode. Stay tuned to next week as we go further into pushing ourselves to dream big by creating a bucket list! ​ Stay Inspired and Live Powerfully, Felicia Previous Episode Back to the Podcast Main Page Next Episode ENJOYED THIS EPISODE? Subscribe to podcast and also get your copy of: 4 Steps to Quit the Corporate Games and Break Free into a Meaningful Career

  • Episode 8 | Recovering Corpoholics

    Episode 8 – How to Increase Your Value and Stand Out At a Big 4 In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss how to increase your value and stand out at a Big 4. ​ Find the full show notes for the episode at RecovingCorpholics.com/8. ​ If you want to be the best, have the best performance/roundtable reviews, get the top bonus’, etc., you need to be good at what you do – it’s obvious. You can play all the Corporate games you want but if the quality of work isn’t there, your performance won’t be either. However, working at a Big 4, everyone, well, mostly everyone is good at their job. So how can you stand out? And especially If you want to leave the Big 4, how can you create the most value to stand out against the competition? It’s simple… you add a new tool to your toolbox. If you want to be even better, you add even another tool. What I want you to do and become is a double, triple, even quadruple threat! One Skill - $ Two Skills - $$ Three Skills - $$$ Four Skills - $$$$ And so forth… Even though it sounds simple, actually gaining the skill takes some time. Now I know you have learned so much from working at your job, and you still are learning everyday (hopefully that is). But that learning is still mostly all associated with your job. These new or additional skills to make you stand out should be different and distinct from what you do. For example, if you are an operations consultant, getting your project management license is great, but it’s not going to set you apart. Why? In my opinion, most people already have project management skills as a consultant (and I’d also say that employers would expect you to have this as part of your job) so this isn’t really helpful, unless you want to project manage full time and need it. What would be even better is to get a technology skill under your belt. Something that is going to make you stand out even at your job. See the difference? And on top of a technology skill, you could also add marketing or coaching or even writing skills under your belt. All of these are going to make you more valuable as you can do more jobs. It’s also my opinion that these skills are something you learn outside of what you do. Now, you could be on a project with a different team where you get exposed to this but from my experience, this is something you learn on the side. So how do you learn a new skill? There are so many ways to do it, you just need to find the time and passion to do so. I’ll give you three ways to do so. First, you can go back to school, second, you can start a side hustle or three, you can join a volunteer organization. I’ve done all three! I will share with you how I did each one. For the first way to learn a new skill, go back to school, I want to note that you can go back to school (like school school), but you can also take a one-off course that will help you explore the topic of interest before determining if you want to spend thousands of dollars on the topic/new skill. This is how I learned about coaching. I could have jumped straight into a coaching program, but I wanted to see what coaching was all about. Not because I wanted to be a coach, but I wanted to learn how I could have a better life and be the best version of myself. I am so passionate about this that it eventually turned into something I wanted to do every day. I started by taking one course on the side, followed by another and so forth. After going to Landmark, I went to the Coach Life Academy, Tony Robbins Unleash Your Power, Coach Training Alliance, The Academy of Nuero-Shine Technology and so forth. I became skilled as a coach. Skills that make me deeply knowledgeable in how people behave, emotional intelligence, how to work to get things done and so forth. At PwC, I became the best coach and I know had a deep skill set that set me apart from the team. For the second way to gain a new skill, I also started a side hustle. So know now how to market, how to set up quick books, how to write articles and record podcasts. More skills for my toolbox. I also joined a volunteer organization, the Junior League. I held many positions, with my recent ones being Vice President of Leadership Development and Annual Fund Chair. I learned how to manage and motivate people who weren’t getting paid, how to train volunteers to serve their community, how to fundraiser, how to ask for money and so much more. Now I have non-profit organizational skills on my resume. In summary, find something that you are passionate about and just sign up for a course or join a group. Start simple. Maybe it’s a one-hour class a week. It doesn’t have to be a Harvard Certificate. It can be a simple local school that you can learn from, depending on what it is you’re trying to achieve. Be curious. Find something that you love or that you don’t know much in that interests you. Worst case scenario is you learned more about yourself. Love cooking? Start a blog and make it a goal to post every week. After a year, I’d assume you’d become a great writer (that is 52 articles), a good marketer (so people can actually see your blog) and who know where that will lead you. That’s all I have for today’s episode. I hope you enjoyed it. ​ Stay inspired and live powerfully, ​ Felicia Previous Episode Back to the Podcast Main Page Next Episode ENJOYED THIS EPISODE? Subscribe to podcast and also get your copy of: 4 Steps to Quit the Corporate Games and Break Free into a Meaningful Career

  • Meet Felicia | Recovering Corpoholics

    MEET FELICIA SERANO-SHTIVELMAN Once, you were driven to climb the corporate ladder. Now that pursuit feels hollow. ​ You’ve invested so much time and energy to get to where you are and you’re uncertain where to go next. ​ I get it. You want to do work that matters but you don’t want to lose the financial stability or have to hustle again like you did in your early career. ​ That’s where I come in. I spent most of my 15-year corporate career feeling unfulfilled but pushing myself towards Partner. I worked tirelessly and for what? ​ It wasn’t until I had a major life event happen that I realized I was on a path to nowhere. I was blinded by the paycheck, status and the idea of who I had become. ​ That’s why I escaped and then created Recovering Corporholics to help Big 4 professionals like you quit the corporate games and break free into a meaningful career. FELICIA'S PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION 15-year financial services career; 12 at PwC Masters of Business Administration - University of Miami, GPA 4.0 Bachelor of Science, Finance & Economics - University of Tampa, GPA 3.6 Certified Neuro-Linguistics Programing (NLP) Practitioner VP of Leadership Development - Junior League of Miami Certified Professional Coach (ICF Accredited) ​ Felicia lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, Aleksey, an innovative lawyer, her 2-year-old son, Vinny, and her rescue dog, Mowgli. When she’s not coaching and strategizing with her clients, she’s boating with family and friends, traveling to new places or looking for the next adventure.