POSTED BY: Don Oehlert
Managing Partner, eCareerCoaching.com
“Practical advice on your next career move.”
So the question “do you know you?” smacks of “nu-age pop-psych garbage” spoken by a latent hippie, possibly one left over from the ’60’s.
It’s not that at all.
The question stems from the science of getting to know your likes and dislikes. This will help to better find something that suits you, generically.
Since I’m a career coach, then I’m interested in helping you brainstorm ideas, synthesize that information, and then build tools that have proven their worth in the job search process over the years, and even now, during the COVID pandemic. In a word, you contribution to your new company needs to be unique from all of the other applicants out there.
Just a couple of example introspective questions might be:
- What excites you about your profession?
- How does your work excite you within that profession?
- What gets you up in the morning, ready to take on the day?
- Do you know the type of work environment do you thrive in?
- What type of work environment do you chafe at?
There are many more questions like this that you need to be able to answer. You need to know where you should focus your efforts during your job search. If you’re already working, but feeling like moving on, then this is the type of information you’ll need to understand entirely before you set out on your job search.
The nutshell message I’m always searching for with my clients is to find what makes them uniquely qualified to pursue and land their next great position.
I ask them about their past successes and their past contributions in order to do that. Everyone that keeps their jobs is someone that contributes to the bottom line somehow. Even if your role is to help other people be more successful, your role is important in the machine that makes commerce happen.
Remember that. You matter. Your work matters. Now let’s find a way to tell a story around that work, so to help you find your next great role. It’s very hard for a person to be this introspective and creative. It’s even harder to put a value on your past contributions.
Upshot? You need an outside set of eyes to look at what you’ve done and the successes you’ve created. You also need someone that’s “been there, done that”. They can help you figure out how to best say things in a meaningful way. Someone that knows how to take your quantified metrics, and turn them into business drivers. Business drivers create business movement.
Business movement is just another way to say “move the needle.”
To get to know yourself better from a personal standpoint, please drop us an email for your free copy of our “Finding Your True North” instrument. In it are 36 questions that will help you understand what makes you tick, so that you can better prepare for a job search, or decide whether you should go for that promotion.
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