People who seek a new career but are quite unsure of what they want to do, can, with a reasonable amount of effort, see themselves transitioning to a career, and the resulting job search, that inspires and excites. The joy you, as a new career seeker, can derive out the resulting epiphany is immeasurable. Here’s how you can be sure to help yourself get there.
As long as you reach back to basics, you can’t go wrong. How often have you heard a hockey team after losing a match say “We have to quit trying to be fancy and get back to basics”? Well, it’s true in the career field too. So what are those basics? From where I sit, they seem to amount to the following:
The first basic is to not presume that other people, even the experts, know what is good for you. They don’t know; they can’t even divine it. You’ve got to let all the information come in, swirl around a bit and watch the answer pop out – which it will.
The second basic is to let the chaos theory work its magic. It is the reason that networking meetings (which we call Information Meetings) work to bring in the job. Here it works its magic in accumulating what seems to be unrelated and disorganized information that will lead to a clear career definition.
Thirdly, make sure of the PAVF fit (see below). This is simple terminology for basic human characteristics. If your PAVF characteristics don’t fit the job or career, there will only be unhappiness down the road.
Fourth, take advantage of the enormous computer on your shoulders, as a job seeker. Brain power, while in weaker moments may sometimes seem feeble, in reality, is millions of times greater than the most massive computer humankind can construct. Tap into it repeatedly.
Fifth, do not be afraid of good old trial-and-error to help crystallize a direction.
To start, get the career coaching fundamentals in place. Take all those steps needed to get the personal key words that capture the essence of the individual. These must be weighted towards personal characteristics (determined, organized, etc.) not trades or work characteristics (i.e. not: managed, coordinated, etc.). From that, create the resulting 15 to 20 Descriptors (CCI terminology), paragraphs that clearly demonstrate those characteristics at work and the results derived from them. While the primary purpose of the Descriptors is to assist in resume development, an equally important purpose is to have each individual’s brain review the highlights of their past careers, their capabilities and their proud moments. All of this helps lead to an eventual crystallization of likes and the avoidance of dislikes.
I recommend to our own Career Coaches that they not give career searchers a thousand career options to ponder over by testing them or by providing any of the numerous lists available of career choices. Allow that immense computer in the career searchers’ heads to do the work because that brain is far more efficient than Dell, HP or IBM, with a greater depth of the individual’s background knowledge – the sort of information that is really needed.