May 28, 2010
Imagine that. According to a report from The Conference Board, only 45% of Americans are satisfied with their jobs. That means more than 1/2 of the working population spends the majority of their day dissatisfied. (I won’t even get started on the word “satisfied”.)
That’s really, really sad.
If you hate your job, leave.
That doesn’t mean you should get up, walk into your boss’s office and quit (unless you have the financial resources to do so), but you definitely should be taking the steps that will get you out of there- NOW.
I saw now so vehemently, because your next job must be one you love. No more wasting hours, days, months, years of your life on something that doesn’t make you happy. And- figuring out what that next job should be and how to get it could take more than a couple weeks.
If you’re not sure what to do to start the process, check out Forget the Parachute, Let Me Fly the Plane. All the tools you need to start down the road to career success are in there, from figuring out what your next career should be all the way through how to get it.
The sooner you start, the sooner you’re free. And more than satisfied.
April 26, 2010
I recently saw a post on twitter that referred back to an article on the AMA site about Peter Drucker’s teachings on personal growth. It is an older article, but it’s relevance is timeless. What stood out specifically was his statement about figure out your own uniqueness and applying it to both your personal and professional life.
Consider what’s unique about what you do, and in what areas you excel and contribute the most, both at work and outside of work. Focus on those strengths—your own core competencies—and find new ways to value and cultivate them. Odds are you can apply them to a variety of jobs, volunteer positions, and more.
Think about your life, both as it is now and where you’d like to be. Consider not just your work, but also your family, friends, interests, activities, and pursuits. Assess what’s working, what’s not, and what you might want to add or subtract to create more satisfaction and fulfillment.
This is one of the core ideas in Forget The Parachute, Let Me Fly The Plane. There is something you were meant to do, something at which you excel. There is a career out there that will fulfill you. You just have to figure out what it is.
Many people spend their lives wishing they were doing something that mattered, something that made them happy, something that made a difference, or any other number of somethings. Don’t spend your life wishing you were doing something else. Figure out what that something is, and start towards it today. There is no time like the present.
If you aren’t sure what career applies to your unique skills and characteristics, check out our e-book. The information and exercises are designed to set you on a path to career fulfillment.
April 9, 2010
A few months ago I met someone who asked me about my career. I talked about the Connected Career and described our goal- to help people figure out their dream career and how to get it.
I had barely finished my sentence when he asked me to help him get a job.
Here is how the conversation unfolded:
Stranger: So, can you help me get a job?
Me: I can help you figure out how to get the job you really want. What do you want to do?
Me: I’m sorry, that’s too broad. What do you enjoy? What have you enjoyed in the past or even something you’ve always wanted to try?
Stranger: Too many questions, I just want a job.
Me: How about you at least tell me your skillsets.
Stranger: I don’t know. Nothing comes to mind.
Me: If you don’t know what you want to do, what interests you or what your skillsets are, how do you plan on finding a job?
Stranger: Isn’t that what you do?
While this conversation was an extreme version of what we often hear, it is relatively common to hear of people wanting a change, wanting something different, but not knowing what that something looks like. And for that reason, we wrote “Forget the Parachute, Let Me Fly The Plane”.
Figuring out what you really, really, really want to do, are meant to do, doesn’t always come easy. Having a guide to help you through the process can take you out of what you know and push you. A little bit or a lot.
March 24, 2010
If you applied for a job with me and I Goggled you, what would I find?
Do you have a blog linked to your name that shows me all your brilliant thoughts? Or perhaps you blog about your personal relationship drama?
Are you on Twitter? Do you share interesting thoughts, or do you talk about how much you drank last weekend?
If I look you up on Facebook, will I be able to see all your photos and posts? If so, what will they tell me about you?
What is your online presence? Do you know what’s visible? Are you proud of what is visible?
If not, go look.
The way you present yourself to the world could play a big role in the perception people have of you, whether fair or not. Not just for hiring managers, but even your network, your past, present and future co-workers and any other professional contacts you have.
Again, take a look. Set up a Google Alert even. But pay attention to how you allow yourself to be presented online and edit where needed.