Get Motivated to Start Your Job Search
By Meagan DeMenna | October 05, 2020
Chances are, you’ve successfully obtained a few different jobs at this point in your career. If you’re lucky, you’ve even had people reach out and recruit you for specific roles. Maybe you’ve jumped from job to job, based on what you think is the next logical move: better pay, a higher title, or a leadership opportunity. But often, these are not the right criteria to look at when considering a new role. Should they play a factor in your considerations? Of course, but if you’re not careful and deliberate, you may look back on your career and think, “how did I end up here?”
Here are a few excuses people often use when passively letting their jobs lead them instead of the other way around.
I’m comfortable in my current role.
I love the people I work with.
There are fallacies with each of these lines of thought and, ultimately, it’s this behavior that will leave you with little to no control over what happens in your career.
In this guide, you will find ways to assess your current career trajectory, templates to prepare you for the overwhelming process, and activities to show you where your strengths are and, ultimately, what work makes you happy.
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For example, if you were asked to list your core strengths and key accomplishments, concisely, how would you know what’s most important? This guide will help you narrow down what to focus on and list the right skills that will lead to the right job.
So, instead of simply looking at better pay, a higher title, and leadership opportunities, consider the work you truly enjoy, what types of companies and leaders you enjoy working for, what you need financially to comfortably sustain yourself and/or family, and if you find leading other people fulfilling.
It’s important to remember that assessing your career is the first step, and often most overlooked, in a four-step process. First, you assess, and then position; next is the process, and finally, showtime!
This is the beginning of a new journey. Remember, it’s different for everyone, so stay focused on your goals and tune out the noise because it’s very easy to get distracted and end right back where you started. Take the time to have these candid conversations with yourself before you start looking for new opportunities and the “future you” will thank you. Do you have anything to add? Think we’ve missed the mark? Tell us in the comments below and we will be sure to respond as quickly as possible.