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Gus Lawson, Expert in How to Build Confidence for Your Job Search

Gus knows first hand how to recover from low confidence to strengthen his career. After running out of savings while attempting to start a consulting business, he realized he had put his family through too much stress. He had to secure a full-time position.

His network was small and he felt too proud to ask for help. He persevered and for the sake of his family, he found an opportunity after being unemployed for five months.

At his new job, he realized the culture wasn't right and after completing a short-term project, he found himself unemployed again.

This time was different. He was confident. His networking improved. He interviewed better.  He discovered how to gain comfort with uncomfortable job-search activities. As a result, when unemployed the second time within 7 months, he found his next role within six weeks; he received three offers over the course of two weeks.

He shares the real-life lessons he discovered at and offers several free resources.

As an organizational development consultant, Gus helps senior-level executives gain commitment to develop and implement their strategies. In his experience working with leaders he has discovered three critical success factors to changing strategies and developed a framework to help leaders accomplish their goals.

The first part of his framework helps leaders be more effective individually by reducing their feeling of overwhelm, communicating more powerfully, strengthening their influence, and increasing their powerbase. The second part of his framework helps leaders better connect with their teams and collaborate across organizational boundaries. The last part of his framework helps leaders connect employees to the organization using strategic planning, change management, and culture shaping tools.

Gus' focus in coaching is to understand what is most important to people and help them generate insights so they are intrinsically motivated to take action and see results.

Gus is a proud U.S. Navy veteran, holds a MBA from George Mason University and a Bachelor's Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He has a certificate from Georgetown University as a Change Management Advanced Practitioner and received his executive coaching certificate from the Center for Executive Coaching.

Feel free to connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Articles by Gus Lawson

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  • Facing and Overcoming Rejection in Your Job Search
    It's easy to think of rejection as losing or experiencing failure. Before I changed my beliefs about rejection, I recall my body reacting the same way after not not being invited to interview or not getting an offer for a job that I really wanted. Gut punch!
  • Build Confidence to Network for Your Job Search
    Networking is an essential, really unavoidable part of a successful job search today. If your confidence is low, it can be difficult building up the energy and desire to meet others. You might not know what to say. You may be concerned others will reject you.
  • Lessons in Confidence Building from the Military
    In the Navy, we practiced infrequent events all the time (e.g. man overboard drills, fire drills, replenishing fuel, towing exercises, firing exercises). By performing these activities over and over again, we made the uncomfortable comfortable.
  • 7 Tips to Build Confidence by Gaining Control
    Imagine what it’s like to be in control of your job search, where you don’t feel like the days are wasting away and you’re not making progress. Having the right systems in place can help you feel like you’re in control. When we feel like we’re in control, we actually do gain more control, and we are more confident about our situation. When we are more confident, we are more successful.

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Guide to Build Confidence for Your Job Search:

Guides to Smarter Job Search

  • Guide to Successful Job Interviewing
    How to answer the top job interview questions, handle telephone and video interviews, interviews at lunch, plus sample thank you notes/email.
  • Guide to Personal SEO
    Learn how to identify the best keywords for you and use them appropriately in resumes, job applications, and your LinkedIn Profile.
  • Guide to LinkedIn for Job Search
    Learn how to develop an effective Profile, leverage LinkedIn Groups, plus more tips for advancing your job search and your career using LinkedIn.
  • Guide to Effective Resumes and Cover Letters
    From the best resume format for you to sample resumes for a range of people (mothers returning to work, laid off, and more), plus cover letters.
  • Guide to Working with Recruiters
    These people represent the "buyers" so they are very important to you. Learn how to work with them effectively.


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