As we stand at the beginning of a new year, it's an opportune moment to reflect on our journey and recalibrate our compass. One powerful way to set the stage for a fulfilling and purpose-driven year is by aligning our actions with our values. 

The Power of Values Alignment: Our values serve as the guiding principles that shape our decisions, actions, and ultimately, our destinies. Starting the year with a conscious effort to align our goals and aspirations with our core values can have profound effects on our personal and professional lives. When we prioritize what truly matters to us, we lay the foundation for authenticity, fulfillment, and success.

 Dr. John Demartini, a renowned human behavior expert and author of "The Values Factor," emphasizes the transformative power of aligning our goals with our highest values. According to Demartini, true fulfillment arises when we identify and prioritize what is most important to us. He suggests that understanding our values is not just about making a list but delving deep into what brings us the most joy, passion, and a sense of purpose.

Demartini's Method for Values Clarification:

  1. Identify Core Values: Begin by reflecting on the aspects of your life that truly matter to you. What brings you the most joy, inspiration, and fulfillment? These are likely your core values.
  2. Prioritize Values: Once you've identified your core values, prioritize them. What is the most important value in your life right now? What is the second most important? Continue this process until you have a clear hierarchy.
  3. Align Goals with Values: With a prioritized list of values, align your goals for the new year accordingly. Ensure that your aspirations resonate with your core values, creating a powerful synergy between what you desire and what truly matters to you.

Benefits of Values Alignment:

  • Authenticity: Living in alignment with our values fosters authenticity, allowing us to be true to ourselves in all aspects of life.
  • Increased Motivation: Goals that align with our values are inherently more motivating and energising, propelling us forward with passion and determination.
  • Resilience: Values-aligned individuals tend to navigate challenges with greater resilience, as their actions are rooted in a deeper sense of purpose.

May 2024 be the year we not only set goals but live in harmony with our deepest values, creating a life that reflects our truest selves. Looking for some support to align your goals and values? Seeking accountability, insights or help uncovering and remembering your key strengths and how to translate these into different roles or companies? Who are you deciding to be today?

 Remember: You are the CEO OF YOUR CAREER. I'm happy to help! Book career coaching packages for you or your team today.

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Thank you for being a part of our community. We value your presence and the trust you have placed in Pursuit Consulting. Let's make your career aspirations a reality!

Best regards,

Clare Phelan Director and Career Coach. Be The CEO of Your Career!

Pursuit Consulting

Sorry, we went with a candidate who has more relevant experience.”

Sorry, we went with a candidate who has more relevant experience.”

This simple statement can diminish your confidence and strip the momentum from your job search.

It can, in essence, take the wind from your sails.

We, humans, intimately feel the ups and downs of life, including when seeking employment. Life can be a rough playground; we can feel sadness and rejection when it doesn’t go according to plan. But we also possess an incredible resilience, a buoyant inner elasticity that helps us bounce back from setbacks.

Instead of focusing on “failure”, missing out on a position allows you to deepen your internal fortitude and practice rebounding.

Here are 7 tips for bouncing back better than before:

1. Take time out to recharge your energy.

2. Always have several irons in the fire. Focusing on one job only is like pouring all your funds into a single stock; ill-advised.

3. Reflect on the interview process objectively. What went well? Where could you improve? Ask the interviewer or interviewers for feedback.

4. Plan. With your reflections in mind sit quietly and plan where you may possibly improve. Write down how you could consider, approach, answer differently in your next interview.

5. Practice altruism. Kindness and compassion shift us into positive and expansive energy. This has extensive effects on our neurology. Write a testimonial for someone you know is in the job market. Connect two people in your network who may benefit from each other’s experience or expertise. Provide mentoring to someone who wishes to develop a trait or skill you possess.

6. Move. Exercise triggers calmative endorphins, elevates mood, sharpens cognitive skills, memory and learning. Plus, it just feels good! Choose an activity you enjoy dancing, walking, running, cycling, golf, resistance training, yoga etc.

7. Remember: Rejection is just redirection. It’s an opportunity to re-stock, reconsider and refine your approach.

Clare Phelan supports and empowers professionals going through a career transition or career uplift.
If you are ready to invest in YOU and your career, or your employee's career than call to learn more about our career coaching packages on offer.

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To embody being CEO OF YOUR CAREER one key step is to ensure that you know how to step into career alignment.

Career Alignment comes with understanding your Core Values. We do this as business owners and corporations to set a standard and to agree on what matters.

As CEO OF YOUR CAREER, it is just as important to understand what your Core Values are and that you are honouring them in Your Career.

How does understanding your Core Values benefits you in your career and job search?

There is a multitude of benefits in knowing your Core Values to help enhance your career success.

☀️Knowing your Values helps you make clear decisions about opportunities in your career.

☀️Knowing your Values helps you find purpose. A job/career that feels purposeful to you.

☀️Knowing your Values helps you find a confident sense of self. This will help you navigate career changes & interview.

☀️Knowing your Values provides you with guiding principles on your behaviour. Also, what you should or should not accept from others. Important throughout your career.

Are committed to taking action today? If so, I have put together an amazing FREE workbook for you. You can access the link here.

If you were a CEO of a Corporation it would be crazy to leave all the vision/strategy and actions up to someone else, wouldn’t it?

As the CEO OF YOUR CAREER, it is crazy to leave all
the above in the hands of a corporation/manager you are working for.
I am not suggesting to be an anarchist, what I am suggesting is that you still have a lot of choices.

Even when working for others, you can feel empowered by managing your mindset, speak up and express your desires & ask for help. Sometimes, you might need to leave an environment that can’t foster the above.

Do you have a Vision, Strategy, Support and Review of your Career?

Your Career can take lots of different turns, industry, public sector, volunteering, sabbaticals, MBA, own business. It is up to you to get empowered about designing your own career.

With Freedom being one of my key values I feel so
empowered and excited by being the CEO of MY CAREER.

For me at the moment, that is my own business and a portfolio career where I can have multiple streams of income. Where I can empower and support people in their own career transitions, work hours that fit with family life and post covid incorporating some family travel into our lifestyle. #futureofwork #careers

Use the STAR method to answer behavioural questions.

Situation - Paint the story/issue in a few lines. Example the business was losing money on a premium product

Task - What was your role? Example. My role as the Finance Business Partner reporting on this product was to analyse the costs of the product for review and provide recommendations to resolve the issue.

Action - How did you apply your skills in this situation. Example. I went through the product life cycle including packaging, manufacturing, supply chain, shelf life to determine what the costs to the business were and where we could possibly make some reductions.

Result - What was the outcome. Ideally, a positive one or a result providing commentary for the business to move forward with new information. Example - When doing my analysis and financial modelling on excel I found that some of our manufacturing and packaging costs were too high and we were able to negotiate more competitive terms with the manufacturer which in turn resulted in the product being highly profitable. If you can put figures or percentages in to add to your credibility.

If you would like further assistance please refer to my career coaching packages in Career Coaching Program tab.

🌟 A client has two great job offers

🌟 A client is embarking on an exciting career pivot

🌟 A client decided not to take no reply as a NO. She took the tenacity and courage to connect with 3 of the hiring managers on LinkedIn and has 3 chats booked in for next week.

🌟 A client did really well at 2nd and 3rd interviews and awaiting feedback

🌟 A client is interviewing for their dream job this week

🌟 A client has got accepted into a prestigious Masters program

🌟Another client is starting their own consulting business

Amidst these tricky times, there is still much progress and positive moves happening.
I popped sunflowers into my favourite vase from Singapore to bask in their progress and appreciate the great work I get do in supporting my clients with their careers.
Who/What are you celebrating this week?
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1. A Career Coach can provide perspective. Stop that internal chatter and talk through your thoughts with a career coach who will ask questions and delve deeper to gain clarity.

2. A Career coach can meet you where you are at and help you get to where you want to be.

3. A Career Coach can support you with encouragement and inspiration. It is important to have someone in your corner in times of change.

4. Assisting in identifying and activating key strengths. So often we don’t realise our own value. We diminish the skills that come easily to us. These skills are often the area’s that other value highly.

5. Help you put together a practical and targeted job search strategy.

6. Provide you with the tools to get in front of potential hiring managers.

7. Help you articulate your Unique Value Proposition.

9. Empower you to align your values and needs with the purposeful work.

10. Keep you accountable, help you stay on track towards your goals.

11. Help you with a career pivot, recognising transferable skills and strategies forward.

There many more reasons, what comes up for you?

Shoot me a message or check out the main page of this site to find out more about the packages available.

1. Research company website and LinkedIn page. What are the key offerings? What are customers saying about the products/services?

2. Find out who is the CEO/ Founder. How long has the company been in trading?

3. Google the latest media on the company. It could be embarrassing at interview if you don’t know the company is about to IPO or in the news for being bought out by a multinational giant.

4. Social media posts – check out the company corporate blog or social media page to see how it interacts with the community and staff.

5. Check out the location, walk in the foyer and time your commute (assuming COVID work from home restrictions ease soon).

6. Look up the hiring managers LinkedIn Profile. Look at their career path and if they have any commonalities that you could build connection at interview.

7. The Team. Check out their LinkedIn profiles. Look at their career path, what is their longevity in the role.

8. Read annual reports if available. There is usually a letter from the chairperson which will give you an idea on how they plan to move forward.

9. Network. Find a past or present employee and get their down - low.
Send me a message to find out how I can help you or see my packages on the main page of this site.

I have been misaligned to my values and career at certain times in my life.

That feeling of being stuck, disconnected, and stunted is so disheartening.

I don’t want you to be sitting in that same space for long. Enjoying career and life, feeling connected and growth are so important to me.

My core values are freedom, connection and growth. I want this alignment of values for myself and I want this alignment in values for YOU.

We spend so many hours of our lives in our work so we really owe it to ourselves and our families, friends and the world to show up as our real authentic awesome self.

Navigating career change and growth can be daunting at times, please don’t resign yourself to a “this is just how it is mentality”.

Be brave, be excited for the future and propel your journey forward with the support of the Pursuit Career Coaching Package.

With over 20 years of experience in the careers space, I see daily the area’s where people get stuck, the mindset blocks, the misalignment to core values, lack of direction, lack of job strategy, and not understanding or articulating your own unique value proposition.

This is the stuff I love to help YOU work out. I can support and empower you through your career.

Clare Phelan empowers professionals who are in a career change and/or growth. Shoot us an email at or call 0407 803 095 now.

1. If you feel stuck or lacking control, accept this current reality: “This is where I am.” Understand that how you move forward is a choice and ask, “How can I make the most from it?”

2. Look to others. Acknowledge this path has been beautifully traversed by others. Know you are capable of successfully navigating the transition, too.

3. Shift your mindset. Remind yourself of the times you have been courageous, resourceful, felt “enough” and feel into those times. Move forward with a strong mindset knowing you can tap into your own history to find strength at any time.

4. When something doesn’t go as planned, practice self-compassion. Don’t define a No to the job application as a rejection define is as redirection.

5. Recognise and acknowledge your disappointment. Ask what you have learned and could do differently?

6. Reach out for support. Get connected, Search the internet, talk to your network, and hire a coach.

When we are honest about our situation, recognise what we can control, call in support, and step forward with curiosity, we can build resilience and success.

Clare Phelan empowers professionals who are in a career change and/or growth. Shoot us an email at or call 0407 803 095 now.