You’re finally ready to make that long-awaited job or career change. When starting your campaign, you’re probably saying, “I want to see what’s out there” or “I’ll look at any job that will pay a decent salary.”
Leaving yourself open to many kinds of jobs might get you employed quickly; but in the wise words of baseball player Yogi Berra, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” You might accept a job impulsively, only to quit within a few weeks because it wasn’t what you thought it would be, or get fired for poor performance.
By simply answering the following “what, how, where, which, why and who” questions, you can discover and sketch out what your ideal career position might look like before starting your job search activities. I call these groups of questions “The Six Dimensions of Career Clarity.”
1) What passions, strengths, talents, and transferable skills can you build your career on? What job titles fit your skill set?
- What skills energize you, and which ones burn you out?
- What work activities are so enjoyable that you lose track of time?
- See ”Know Your Top Transferable Skills Sets, Then Plan Your Career Transition” and “Build Your Confidence and Career Marketing Content.”
2) How do your natural preferences and personality type factor into choosing your ideal work?
- Do you prefer to work with people, data or things? A combination of all three? In which order?
- How do you like to focus your attention (with people or alone), receive information (using facts or ideas), make decisions (based on logic or people and values) and direct your life (organized and planned or spontaneous and open)?
- See “Discover Your Perfect Career Path Through Your Hardwired Preferences” and “How to Choose the Work That Fits Your Personality Type.”
3) Where do you want to work in terms of industries and target companies?
- Do you prefer a large firm with opportunities for growth up the corporate ladder?
- Would you rather be in a smaller company with steady yet satisfying responsibilities?
- Have you made a list of 50-100 target employers?
4) Which workplace environment/culture will you thrive in?
- One that is conservative, socially-conscious, employee-focused or bottom-line-oriented?
- One with a clear vision and mission or “goes with the flow”?
- One that is controlled and predictable? Or unstructured and variable?
- See: “Which Corporate Culture Is Ideal For You? Let Your Personal Workplace Values Be Your Guide”
5) Why do you want to work, according to your deeper mission and purpose?
- What lights you up at the end of the day?
- What brings you deep satisfaction?
- What legacy do you want to leave behind?
6) Who have you always wanted to be “when you grow up?”
- Who are you evolving into?
- How do others see you?
- What career keeps calling to you and won’t let up?
When you take the time to answer these questions, your job search will be more focused, both offline and online.
Why? Because this exercise will help you:
- Determine which types of work and positions are the best fit for you;
- Be attuned to these opportunities when they show up in your world;
- Communicate to your network exactly how they can help you;
- Project more confidence and credibility to hiring managers, instead of coming across like a desperate jobseeker who is only looking for a paycheck.
According to Law of Attraction principles, you’ll draw into your life whatever you give your attention, energy and focus. You’ll find that clarity works like magic in bringing you closer to landing your dream job.
© Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin, The Career Success Coach 2013 / www.career-success-coach.com