You have a grand goal and you are willing to work hard to achieve it. You know your expected salary, the location you want to work, and you've invested in your education. With your goal in mind, you create a solid resume and send it out to a hundred companies with little or no response, so you work harder toward your goal.
You begin to think there are really no jobs that fit the criteria you need, there is something wrong with you, or you got the wrong degree. You begin to feel inadequate and lose motivation. You spent time setting goals and made a plan. What went wrong?
After talking to a career coach, you realize you were planning for a job hoping it would last a lifetime. You liked the myth that if you worked hard enough you would keep your job––you just needed to find the right one.
The problem is that there is not just one right job. You need to develop a process for growing your career rather than just looking for a job. What's the difference? In today's job market, all jobs are temporary, but if chosen well, each one gives you the skills and experience you need for the next job.
How can you prepare for a career rather than just looking for a job? First determine the skills you want to develop and take with you. If you are not sure, then choose the skills and find ways to use them at some level so you will know if you want to pursue a career using the skill.
For more on skills, read the Skills You Want to Use section of Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success Revised 2016.
Blessings for Health and Prosperity,
Nancy J. Miller
LifeWork Creativity Coach
Personal Travel Guide for Your Career Adventures: Life/Career Transitions, Business, Creativity, and Writing Coach
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