In this interview series, we caught up with Tammy Gooler Loeb from Tammy Gooler Loeb Coaching & Consulting, who shares her expertise and insights about job search, career change, etc. in today’s marketplace.
Tell us a little bit about your company
Executive & Career Coaching for mid-senior level professionals, Leadership Development Consultant, Podcast Host “Work From The Inside Out
“, Speaker, Team Facilitator and Networking Expert.
How did you get started in this path?
My career started in the mental health field and has evolved into business and career and leadership development.
Adding a coaching approach has been the most positive way to help people and organizations over the last 20 years.
Is this something you decided early on in your career?
Yes, I always wanted to help people live their best lives and given that we spend more time at work than just about anything else, I decided to focus on people and their careers.
What is the Best Career Advice You’ve ever received?
As I was building my own business, the best advice I got was to hold a part-time job as a financial anchor while I built the business.
I have continued to work under some year-long contracts while much of my other work occurs in shorter time-frames.
What is the most exciting part of working in this industry?
There are so many different functional roles and industries that people choose to take that each person I work with presents a distinguishing scenario. It is so interesting.
I am always learning new things and yet have gained in-depth knowledge in a number of industries and professions over the years.
How do to stay abreast of the industry as an expert?
I am constantly in touch with industry experts, colleagues, read the latest research in the field and attend periodic professional meetings.
What are some of the things that you see job seekers struggle with the most?
Maintaining patience and perseverance with the networking process.
What are the common mistakes that you see them do?
They spend too much time looking online at job postings or only speaking with people within their industry to inquire about job postings.
How should job seekers approach job search today?
Focus on developing a broad network and keep thinking creatively about the relationships that can inform the search.
Seek out information about the market place and do not focus exclusively on looking only for job openings.
What is the biggest trend(s) you see that job seekers will face in the next 2-3 years?
Job seekers will need to continue to navigate the systems that companies use to screen and filter candidates, applicant tracking systems.
They will also need to stay on top of the rapidly changing developments within their industries and take advantage of opportunities to sharpen their knowledge and skills on a regular basis.
They will need to stay well informed about the resources that are available so that they can access them easily to stay on top of the learning curve.
What is one advice you would give someone just out of college today?
Stay open and curious to a wide range of possibilities that will be most interesting to you.
What is one advice you would give someone who is switching careers?
Know yourself well and be willing to start over a little bit in order to make a change.
How should job seekers get the most out of LinkedIn?
Make sure to have a complete profile and be regularly active on LinkedIn.
People are working longer and many are working more than one job to make ends meet.
The statistics are also somewhat misleading as there are many people who are unemployed who are not counted because they are not collecting unemployment benefits, known as the long term unemployed.
What is the biggest trend(s) you see that hiring managers will face in the next 2-3 years?
Hiring managers will face the changes in staffing as a result of mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and companies relocating operations to new locations.
Managers will be hiring and managing differently as teams are working remotely and yet many companies are reversing their policies about allowing people to work remotely.
Workplace relationships are shifting with co-working spaces on the rise and open workspaces require a different style of management.
What are the best resources you recommend to job seekers?
Tammy, what are you currently working on?
I am starting to offer small mastermind groups for professionals who are considering a mid-or-later career transition.
My podcast, Work From The Inside Out
, launched in late 2018 and is evolving in exciting directions.
I am developing an online course with a workbook to support people who want to work through a career transition independently with limited support.
A community will be formed and group office hours will be offered to answer questions and build connections.
What is the best way for our audience to reach you?
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tammy Gooler Loeb has also been featured in our recent compilation of the most resourceful career experts and career blogs – Top Career Advice Websites.