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Check out my latest video as I discuss how to create a list of things that you want to have in an ideal job, in order to find the right career path for you. It helps you create the vision of what you really want to have. When you’re writing down your list, you’ll notice there’s a difference between things that are qualities versus things that are directional. Listen to this video as Hallie explains what the differences are, and what to do with them.
In my latest video I talk about how important it is for young adults living at home, not just to look for a job to get out of the house, but also to think long term. In a tough economy it is harder to find a job and get out of the house, but it’s possible and you need to think big picture as well. Remember to think about what your ideal career is and what you want long term.
One thing that everyone must consider when defining their ideal career direction is whether they are more introverted or more extroverted. This can be a make it or break it for whether or not your job is a fit for you. It is also a critical piece to figuring out the best work environment for you.
I had a job a long time ago that did not match with my more introverted nature. I was required to be extroverted for much of the day and I tell you, I was exhausted at the end of the day and wanted to go to bed every night at 8:00 pm! Not great for my personal life. So think about which way you lean. Are you more introverted or more extroverted? Remember we’re all a combination of both and you want to have the right balance of time with your peers at work and time alone. For example, I am 40/60 – 60% introverted and 40% extroverted so I can pose as an extrovert when I need to. But I require a lot of down, processing time during my day so working at home alone fits well for me.
What percentage are you? And does your current job match with that percentage, or are finding yourself drained at the end of the day?
P.S. Find out if for sure you’re in the right career. Is your dissatisfaction a passing phase or a sign it’s time to move on? Check out our Free Ideal Career Quiz!
Watch my latest video as I discuss job search and knowing your brand. Before you embark on your job search for your dream job, you need to fully understand your strengths. What do people compliment you on or come to you advice for? What comes naturally to you? You need to understand your audience, and yourself to be successful in your career transition.
My career coaching clients tell me all the time, they want to define their passion and define it as specifically as possible so they can then go out there and find the right job. This idea makes sense right? We all want to know what our dream job is. I help them drill down as far as possible in order to figure this out, but what I’ve found over the years of doing this as a career coach is that you also need to know when to stop drilling.
Here’s a client example: My client Bob and I kept drilling down about what he would be excited about in a career. He basically wanted to own a small business that had a positive impact in people in some way. When you look at this statement, it’s pretty vague. We kept trying to figure out and what kind of business he wanted to own. One day I realized we needed to stop doing this; his passion was business and running a business, not necessarily about a certain type of business. Of course, there were certain businesses he said he didn’t want to run – like a sub shop, a dry cleaner, or a business that would harm people or the environment in some way. The point was, that he wanted to own and operate a small business and make it as successful as possible. That was what was fulfilling to him, not what kind of business he was running.
Keep this in mind when you’re trying to clarify your career direction. You have to narrow it down as far as possible, but you also have to know when to stop.
Can you find your dream job at your current workplace? For some people it is possible. I have had two recent career coaching clients who were able to create their dream job at their current job. Just by talking to your employer you can potentially change your career direction in your current work. Don’t jump ship too early! Before you lose faith at your job, talk to your employer and see if they can help you make the switch.
This New Year’s, I attended a party where I spoke to a woman, Donna, who gave me a great story for the idea of transferable skills. Donna was a marketing and ad representative for MSNBC and NBC for years in New York City. She really enjoyed her work, but after several years she realized it wasn’t what she wanted to do forever. One of Donna’s friends told her about corporate real estate leasing. She had never heard of it before, but thought it sounded interesting. She looked into it further; I’m sure through networking and perhaps online research, but she didn’t specify. By the way, http://online.onetcenter.org/ and Wetfeet.com are good sites for researching job industries.
After researching, Donna adjusted her resume to reflect the transferable skills for this industry, and basically hounded someone at longhorn to give her a chance. Her hard work paid off and they hired her. She now works for GAP Inc. handling the leases for all of their stores in a portion of the southeast region. She loves her job for many reasons. It gives her flexible hours, ability to work from home on occasion, which is nice because she has a son and another on the way.
Remember, you may feel like you’ve heard the term transferable skills over and over, but have you really sat down and thought about what other industries you could be qualified for? If I looked at Donna’s resume at first glance, I might have said she didn’t fit the industry. If you dig deeper though, you’ll see that Donna had experience in marketing, ad and media placement, and identifying a target market. All of these things need to be considered when you are opening or re-locating a brand new retail store, right? This approach worked for Donna, why not you? Take another look at your transferable skills. It can lead to your success!
P.S. I was featured in this CNN article today, check it out: http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/02/02/when.you.do.not.trust.boss/index.html?iref=allsearch
When asked what they want in a job or career, many people have trouble identifying what they want, but they can identify what they don't want. That's actually a start -
Begin to determine what you do want in an ideal job by developing a career contrast list.
a. Ask yourself: What isn't working for you at your current job? Think about the people, the environment and the job responsibilities and write down whatever comes to mind on the left side of a piece of paper.
b. Once you've identified what you don't like, start a contrast list to the right of this list, and write down the opposite of each item you don't like. For example, if you don't like working on the same project on a regular basis, what would you rather have? Identify what you DO want with a statement like: responsibility for a variety of projects at the same time, or working with short-term projects that only last 2-3 months.
c. Next think about anything you do like about your current job, and note those on your "want" list as well. This list is the beginning of the process to help you define what you want in a job and can be simple, it just takes some time to think and reflect.