'Trust yourself at a deeper level'
Jun. 19, 2013 | Cindy Lee
Yesterday I began the 2-part posting on four different approaches to a job search. I described two different ones that I believe work “backwards” – the “Update your resume, get it out there, and see what bites” approach and the “Network, network, network!” one. (Click here to read more about those approaches and what I mean by “backwards.”) Each had its share of pitfalls and redeeming qualities.
Today I’ll focus on the remaining two: the “See what’s out there” approach which also can set you up to fail, and the one I think is worth the effort which I call “Navigate Your Career Transition With Integrity.”
[Of course there are many other possibilities; I'm highlighting the main ones I've seen.]
Typical approach #3: “See what’s out there.” This refers to the more casual act of searching internet job boards, finding opportunities to network, asking around to see who’s hiring, etc. You likely haven’t updated your resume yet. It’s very similar to #2 in that I’m not opposed to this in itself, but the timing is key and the outcomes are equally up to chance. Often this approach takes place when someone is not necessarily seeking a new job, but is curious if there’s something better out there.
My suggested approach: “Navigate Your Career Transition With Integrity” is basically my fancy way of saying, “Know who you are and what you stand for; then find a career that fits.” It’s based on the premise that you want to live your life according to what you set as your standards, values, style, priorities, etc. Different from the approaches above, you base your search mainly on who you are rather than what’s out there, what others think, or what companies want to see. I find it most effective and wise to build a solid infrastructure within you; then look outside.
It’s high on many people’s list of criteria for a job to be meaningful or fulfilling. That’s a luxury that many can afford in this day and age, which is a gift in itself. But, what’s meaningful for one person is not necessarily the same as the next. Our values are different; our personalities are unique; our passions can vary. So to find a job that is truly meaningful FOR YOU, you MUST start from a place of understanding who you are at the core. Then, you must be true to that as you search for jobs that honor YOU. Only then will you have the chance to be complete and whole, thriving in a job rather than working a job where something just feels “off.”
To live your life according to what you set as your standards, values, style, etc. — this is what I call navigating a career transition with integrity. This is difficult to do until you have some sense of what those are and can compare your actions against them. Don’t forget that your career is just ONE aspect of life. Once we’ve laid the foundation of understanding your purpose in life with peace and clarity, we can begin to actively align ALL aspects of your life with it. Changing careers is not an easy thing to do, and usually the transition is rather daunting. The process itself takes time and energy, but having a job that is purposeful, rewarding, and a good fit is beyond worth the effort!
In the next few weeks, I will be sharing some key components of this process – everything from exploring your purpose to identifying your ideal job description to networking and updating LinkedIn… If you’re wondering whether you’re in the right job, I challenge you to walk with me through these steps to navigate your career situation with integrity!