What Job Would Make You Happy?
Time for a change. Try this visualization exercise to figure out where you should go next with your career.
April 16, 2010
Among the most distressing facts of the Great Recession is the length of unemployment. Previously, job seekers could expect a search to last four to six weeks for every $10,000 they expected to earn. The average length of unemployment now extends more than seven months, more for senior job seekers and high-income earners. Executives whose industries have been hit especially hard face even greater periods out of work or may never work in their fields again.
So, it’s fair to ask the question: “At what point is it time to start considering a different line of work?”
Don’t get me wrong: If you’re fully engaged in what feels like a fruitful job search, please stay with it. But what if you’re not? What if your contacts and connections have dried up and you haven’t had an active lead in far too long? What if you’ve hit a permanent dead end?
Sure, Napoleon Hill said, “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” But maybe your next step has less to do with perseverance than reinvention. Maybe it’s time to take what you already know and can do and apply it in an entirely new way.
Your Awesome Day
Even if you’re just wondering what other type of work you might do, it’s not a bad idea to think things through a bit. So here are a few ideas to help get you started:
(You might find it helpful to start at the opposite end of the process and begin by identifying the things that would not be part of your ideal day. With that all out of the way, what is ideal often emerges more readily.)
Take Note of your Notes
Reflect on whatever insights, discoveries and realizations these ideal scenarios prompted. Using the following chart:
“What’s Next?” is What’s Next
Based on your assessment, what do you see now as your next steps? Is it time to pursue your ideal job? Is it time to renew your efforts in your current job search? Is it time to repeat these exercises and see what else percolates for you?
Give yourself permission to think more freely about what’s next for you and find out.
|Barry Zweibel, MBA | Master Certified Coach, is president of LeadershipTraction. He can be reached at 847-291-9735, info@LeadershipTraction.com, or www.leadershiptraction.com.|
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