On episode 280 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing career and healthcare podcast, Keith interviews certified executive performance and life coach Nicole Coustier regarding mid-career positioning, owning your expertise, networking, resumes, and much more that can help you take your nursing career to the next level of authenticity and accomplishment.

Nicole Coustier is a certified executive performance and life coach, helping already accomplished people double down on their powerhouse talents in order to deliver on aggressive goals and position themselves ideally for new opportunities.

Nicole guides her clients by leveraging wisdom from her 20+ years in business development, strategy, operations, as well as government policy work, med-tech, and consulting. The coaching she provides is not based just on theory, but on personal expertise with 10+ of those years in mid-level and executive-level management. Nicole knows crisis management, having helped her people in a small consultancy survive the 2008 recession when many small firms could not do so.Nicole has had the honor of launching talented achievers into countless leadership positions over the years, across various organizations and through tough times. While in industry, she coached and mentored others to success. Now as the founder of her own practice, she continues to coach great people into even greater situations.

Some highlights of the conversation: 

Resumes: don’t dilute your accomplishments by crowding your resume with stuff no one cares about

Novel networking: everyone can network successfully and authentically. If networking feels awkward or fake, then we just need to unearth a style and approach that works for you, personally.

Mid-career positioning: you need to own your expertise. It’s not like there’s some magical threshold where you’re not an expert one minute, then you are the next minute. Expertise is a continuum. so recognize that you’re always on that continuum somewhere. You don’t get to mid-career without having expertise, and that’s just a fact. To position yourself well, you have to first own your expertise, then leverage the hell out of it.

Other opportunities at mid-career: ad boards; consulting by the hour; working in consulting firms; operations, program reviews, other “best practice” types of work.

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Nurse KeithNurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.
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