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It’s that time of year again. The time to reflect on the years past, and decide what you want your future to hold. What will your New Year’s resolution be? Start the new year off with this Goal Setting Worksheet.
When you’re setting goals (resolutions), it’s important to create a structure for doing so and to write them down. Remember it’s not real until it’s in writing! A big reason to set goals in the first place is to create the life you want right!?! At the end of your life do you want to say you tried to achieve what you want or that you didn’t try at all? A goal that’s not written down is just a wish.
If you would like some extra help in setting goals for yourself and your career direction, please contact us today for a complimentary consultation. We look forward to hearing from you - Happy New Year!
P.S. Are you in the ideal career for you? Find out if you are on the right track with this quick Ideal Career Quiz!
I was talking to a career coaching client recently whose husband works at a large rental car corporation. He has been posting for a job opening for over a month. They have received very few, if any responses to the job listing. I know that most people don’t want to take a job they don’t like or one that would lower their morale. It can be frustrating to think you have to settle with any old job, especially something that is lower paying, and feels possibly menial to you. Another thing to consider is if you start working again, you won’t qualify for unemployment.
I give my career coaching clients this advice, if taking a lower paying job is going to make you more frustrated and lose your unemployment benefits then maybe it’s not the best thing to do. Having a job, even if it’s not your dream job, can still be a good thing though. After all, it’s income, it gets you out of the house, it can boost your self esteem in many ways, and it’s a networking opportunity. So it may not be what you want to do long term, but worst case scenario you can try it out.
In this economy, to have a job opening go unfilled is very unfortunate. I encourage you to be smart and strategic about your options, but also consider things you have not considered before. Even if it means taking something just to take it for the time being. If it serves a purpose for you, so be it.
I was working with my career coaching client, Margaret, last week and she made a great point. Sometimes it’s hard to identify specific things you want to have in a dream job, especially when you’re not sure what’s realistic or what’s possible and when you don’t have specific examples.
If you haven’t had a job you truly enjoy, it can be tough to know what you want to do. This is because there are only a few examples to draw from to give you a sense of what would work. Margaret and I came up with this homework together. For the next 3 days, Margaret focused on identifying tangible examples of what she wanted in a job simply by paying attention to her current job, talking to friends, reading books, and noticing what other people did in her workplace. It was a simple exercise that gave her several tangible examples of things she wanted in her dream job.
Try focusing on what you like and don’t like at your current or previous job. You might be surprised to see what you come up with.
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As a career coach, I consistently meet with career coaching clients who feel they’ve lost their sense of purpose in their work. They want to feel more passionate about what they do on a daily basis, and they often feel their work is the culprit. They feel their boss, coworkers, office environment, monotony of their schedule, or cubicle are the reasons for their lack of excitement and motivation for their work and life.
However, the truth is that these factors are actually symptoms of a deeper issue that is the true culprit of their frustration. The deeper issue is that they’ve lost touch with what makes them feel alive and passionate about life.
Our jobs are an important way we express our strengths and talents, and a way for us to feel we’re making a contribution to the world. When our jobs do not allow for this expression, we no longer feel fully alive. Instead we feel frustrated, and our days can feel more like drudgery than excitement.
Therefore, if you’re currently dissatisfied with your job, before running to a job board to find openings, spend some time on the following steps:
1) Identify your strengths
- What do people compliment you on?
- What activities cause you to lose track of time because of your enjoyment?
2) Identify the contribution you want to make to the world
- What issues do you get most passionate about?
- How can you help contribute to the solutions around these issues?
By taking a look at these two issues, you are working with the real culprits to your dissatisfaction at work. If you’d like help in identifying your strengths and the contribution you want to make in the world, contact us for a complimentary consultation.
I’ve had two career coaching clients recently who submitted to online jobs. One client got a phone call within 2 hours to set up an interview. He didn’t get that particular job but through that person he heard about another job and was able to secure a job within 3 weeks of submitting to an online job.
My other client received a call almost immediately. Although the job didn’t end up being a fit, he was again able to build a networking contact who put him in contact with a department that would be a good fit. He is actively pursuing that contact now.
So yes you do want to be cautious about ONLY submitting to online applications and job boards, but you don’t want to completely forget them.
It’s like investing when you need to balance your portfolio with different investment choices; you need a good mix of tactics to land your dream job!
Watch this video as I comment on this clip from the CBS Early Show. Employees are telling their bosses to take a hike despite the tough economy. The two things to pay attention to are:
1) The percentage of employers is 70% who are valuing EQ (Emotional Intelligence) over IQ.
2) How people get to his burnout point.
If you are slightly unhappy in your job, take stock and see if there are changes you can make to improve it. *Watch the CBS clip here: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7388856n&tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea
When I’m working with career coaching clients on their career direction, one of the analogies I like to use with them is to think of their career path as a pie. Which pieces of the pie need to be bigger than others? What’s your main gig? What is the main thing you want to be doing all day every day; the thing that would be most rewarding and fulfilling for you? That’s your biggest piece of the pie. Then there will be other things you obviously need to do at work, projects, administrative items etc. You can include those as some of the smaller pieces.
When I was talkking to my career coaching client Ben recently, I mentioned this to him to help him figure out what else he would enjoy doing at work besides problem solving through logistics. No, we can’t enjoy every single element of our work. There will always be things we dislike or prefer not to do, but if you can have most of your pie filled with what you want, you’ll be that much more satisfied. I’ll use myself as an example. I enjoy marketing, but I had a job in the past that was primarily marketing and I hated it. I want marketing to be a smaller piece of my pie, and connecting with people (like I do through coaching) to be the biggest piece. So fortunately, by owning my own business, I get to do both. When push comes to shove though, coaching needs to be my primary task.
So remember, just because you enjoy something, doesn’t mean that should be your career path. It’s a much more complicated equation. So think about what you want to be your main gig and then build the rest of the picture around that.
P.S. Find out if you are on the right track by taking our Free Ideal Career Quiz today.
You’ve probably heard of Microsoft Cloud, but what about a Wordle Cloud? We think about so many words that describe our goals, work preferences, hobbies, but we probably don’t document them or try to examine them from creative collective perspectives. Try emptying all your career thoughts and self-characteristics swirling in your head into wordle.net.
This free, artistic application produces a very entertaining visual that can reveal interesting themes about what matters most to you in your life right now. Go to wordle.net today, put your inhibitions aside, and pour out your unique brilliance and meaningful career criteria. You may just gain clarity and insight into your next career steps. At the very least, you’ll have original art work to hang on your fridge!