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September 26, 2018
How to Assemble Your Career Dream Team
 

Sports teams, individual athletes, and any high performing professional inevitably will spend time creating and managing a “dream team”; a strong support network of various mentors and professionals. They select the best players, consultants and advisors to help ensure that they have the best possible chances for effective strategies and success. Similarly, a dream team for your career can ensure you stay on track with your professional goals. Everyone benefits from obtaining support from a group of positive people, whether it’s friends, family members, a career coach, a mentor or a combination of all of these. Unfortunately, most professionals do not have a pro-actively assembled career dream team, chosen to help them with certain elements of their career at all times.

 

A career dream team is basically a support network; people who will be there to support you on your career journey. Your team should include a career coach, and a strong group of friends, colleagues, and family members who will help you bring your “A game” to work. When determining who you should have on your team, it’s important to think strategically.

 

Think about areas in your career that you struggle with the most, or that you need extra help with. For example, you may need assistance with the following:

  • Feedback - Someone to give you positive, yet sometimes tough feedback regarding your performance, brand or actions.

  • Staying accountable - A colleague to touch base with regularly, who helps hold you accountable to the goals and action steps you have stated you want to achieve.

  • Problem solving - Your closest friend for example, who always has the best creative ways to solve problems or work around challenges.

  • Research/new opportunities - The person in your life loves to research anything, and share what they’ve learned.

 

Make a list of all the areas where you feel you need extra support. Choose two areas to start. Then, think about who could fill those roles. Just as sports teams choose the best players for offense, defense, and each position on the team, you should choose the person who best fits the description of the area you want assistance with. In each area that you need assistance with, try to pick 2-3 people who you think best fit the role and how you think they could specifically help you. What role would they play? How would you ideally like to stay in touch with them, and how often? What specifically do you want from them, do they need to ask you questions - provide advice - or something else? Write down what you need the most in each area of need.

 

When choosing people to form part of your career dream team, it’s important to make sure that you feel comfortable on a personal level with them. If you don’t, you won’t take full advantage of the help that they can provide you with. Once you have your first draft list of people, reach out to each person individually and ask them if they would be willing to provide you with that type of support. Be as specific as possible, but also aware that you are asking for a favor. For example, you might ask, “Susan, I am working towards a promotion this year. I appreciate how dedicated and focused you are and I was hoping that you could help me stay in touch with them, and how often? What specifically do you want from them, do they need to ask you questions - provide advice - or something else? Write down what you need the most in each area of need.

 

When choosing people to form part of your career dream team, it’s important to make sure that you feel comfortable on a personal level with them. If you don’t, you won’t take full advantage of the help that they can provide you with. Once you have your first draft list of people, reach out to each person individually and ask them if they would be willing to provide you with that type of support. Be as specific as possible, but also aware that you are asking for a favor. For example, you might ask, “Susan, I am working towards a promotion this year. I appreciate how dedicated and focused you are and I was hoping that you could help me stay accountable with my goal if you feel you have the time. I would like to be able to speak with you once a month to touch base on my goals. Can we set up a recurring monthly call?”

 

Once they agree to help you, let them know what ideas you had in mind for them and determine a way you will check in with each other that will work for both of you. Be flexible with it and willing to try something different over time if it needs to be adjusted. Ensure that each time you talk or meet, you are prepared with what you’d like most from them. This will help them feel better about assisting you, knowing you are using their time wisely.

 


 

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Guest Blogger Hallie Crawford is a certified career coach and founder of HallieCrawford.com. Her team of coaches help people find their dream job and make it a reality. She is regularly featured as an expert in the media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and US News & World Report. Visit her website at www.HallieCrawford.com for more information about her team's career coaching services. Set up a Complimentary Career Strategy Session with Hallie Crawford to get advice on your career goals. *Mention you saw us on Talent Zoo and receive a free bonus if you purchase a product or sign up for coaching.* http://www.HallieCrawford.com
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