“Congratulations. You’re hired.” Most of us can recall the emotions assimilated with these three profound words. For some of us, it was the first sign of true independence stepping out into the big world known as the job market. For others it represented freedom from those restless nights worrying if the electric bill would be paid this month. Accepting a job represents many different things for many different people, but does it represent true fulfillment?
Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel? Two likeable children find themselves on an adventure through the woods leaving a trail of bread crumbs behind so they can find their way back home. I work with a lot of people who are, well, lost in life. They may have taken a job out of college just for the money. 20 years later they are at the same job wondering what they are doing with their life. Sound familiar? If you are reading this and feel lost, trying to find the right job, you are not alone. Like the tale of Hansel and Gretel, one of the first steps is to rediscover who you are – at the core. This involves a little soul searching and retracing of steps.
The Job of Your Dreams
Usually, the individuals who are only out to make money find themselves as depressed individuals who are lost. Take this story for example. I had a client who was a reputable salesman in the Carolinas. Someone who made a 6 figure salary approached me for professional help because they were feeling lost, questioning their career and life decisions. After sitting down with this individual, we discovered that they were a professional golfer in their 20’s. After our first session, they realized the reason they quit was out of a belief they would fail and never make it in such a competitive industry. He talked himself out of his “passion”. Telling himself, “It’s not a sure bet”, “It’s not reliable”, etc. Sound familiar?
It’s often not the circumstances that defeat us, it’s our belief in our ability. After just a couple sessions, I landed him an interview with the Golf Channel for a Charlotte based position. He is happy again, feeling life fulfillment. Getting that interview was a life changing moment as possibilites thought long lost resurfaced.
The key to finding the right job for “me” is to have a man on the inside. That’s where I come in. It’s hard for a person to see they are lost, but a career coach is not swayed by position like a family, friend, etc. Like a sounding board, I am able to give unbiased perspective and accurate report on a person’s well being. It works a lot faster this way. Typically, within 1-2 sessions they have rediscovered their passion. This then acts as a platform to explode into what they want to do.
Finding the Right Job for Me
If you can’t define who you are or what you can offer, you are not ready to look for work. You should know why an employer would benefit from hiring you. I have found that a person’s passion and energy level directly correlate with their success and fulfillment at a job. It brings me joy every time I see a client have that “ah-ha” moment. Everyone has passion for something – finding it is often the most difficult part. That’s where I come in.
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