“What’s this guy smokin’?” you’re probably thinking. Or maybe you think you have a good idea exactly what I am smoking. Now is the best of times for my career? Yeah, right.
For the professionals in the world, the ones fortunate enough to have a job right now will push aside real job search activity in favor of a rerun of Desperate Housewives or a ballgame. Study from the greats of time management and personal coaching. To a man you will hear the same message – turn off the TV, read a book. Read about what will benefit you, Fabio covered tomes are likely not going to get you far in your career. Turn off the news. Seriously, have you seen anything positive on the news lately? I cry when I see the 5 day outlook (so I live in Texas and can’t stand the summers, sue me!). Job searches take creativity and a positive outlook. Both are literally critical to the success of your next career move.
As a career coaching certification singapore, that is my mission: to change the way people feel about work; from seeing it as just a paycheck to having it be a fulfilling, rewarding endeavor that is an extension of their purpose and passion. That’s what this article is about: Finding a Career that FITS.
I was recently conducting a Job Club and was asked by a career seeker. “What do I say when the interviewer ask…Now do you have any questions for me?” This is not a question that I’m unfamiliar with, I’ve been asked this in the past but it surprised me this time because it was presented by a job-seeker that has held several positions over a 20 year employment career.
Perhaps you have been out of the market for a while to raise children, for example. The available jobs today may differ from those available when you were in the job market before. There may be a larger or smaller number job openings in your field of interest.
You are pessimistic. Having a positive attitude towards your job is very important to ensure success. You may have all the great skills you need, but if you don’t have a ‘go-getter’ attitude, you will never succeed. To be successful in your chosen career, you need to have the right mindset. Optimism will allow you to stay focused on your goal against all odds.
Whether you are pondering these questions in a group setting or on your own, also consider these questions: What can I learn from this? And, what is next for me? You may or may not get to the bottom of all the “whys” but you can learn from your experience and build the courage to move forward into your next opportunity.
Sometimes we are our own worst enemies – both professionally and personally. Remember, as Joe Jackson so eloquently put it, “You can’t get what you want, ’til you know what you want.” If you need help to figure that out, it could be worth investing your time and dollars in a professional career coach or in personal therapy to make sure your goals align with the things that really are most important to you.