Changing Jobs Again

Career Myths and Mysteries

By Marti Benjamin, MBA, Professional Certified Coach

Professional Certified Résumé Writer

Champion for a Great Work-Life!

 For the past several years, the majority of workers have hunkered down and stayed with a job, even if it wasn’t the ideal position. As the Great Recession narrowed career opportunities, staying put was the most popular career management strategy. There are encouraging signs that this stagnation phase is ending.

A wider range of job possibilities is good news for employees. It’s time to define your “Great Job” not just one that generates enough money to live on.

  • What work would you most like to be doing every work day?
  • Where would you like to be working? Target some specific employers and learn everything you can about them—their culture, talent acquisition strategy, job tasks, compensation and benefits, management structure, support for job-related growth.
  • What industry speaks to your interests and personal values? For example, if the state of the environment is a personal concern, would the renewable energy industry appeal to you?
  • How do you want to be rewarded for outstanding contribution? Some people prefer flexibility over money; others are motivated by earning recognition. Still others prefer financial rewards. There are many right answers to the reward question; choose what matters most to you.
  • What strengths do you bring to the work place? Strengths are more than skills that you’ve learned. Strengths are innate characteristics that determine how you see the world. If you’re one who always sees the big picture, not just the short-term wins and losses, place yourself where that talent is valued and rewarded.
  • What energizes you: people, data, things, ideas, collaboration, balance, a lively exchange of ideas? Build your career options around your own preferences in order to find a position that suits you well and allows you to bring an abundance of energy to work.

Before searching for a position or connecting with a recruiter, develop a vivid image of your next great job. If your answers to the above questions don’t give you that vivid image, begin the following daily practice to gain greater clarity:

Notice when you are energized and feeling good throughout your work day. Make a note of what you’re doing and who you’re doing it with, if others are involved.

Keep this daily log for two to four weeks to get a clear picture of what fuels you.

Research the occupations and positions that allow you to do more of what you do best, that which fuels your enthusiasm and taps into your strengths.

Marti Benjamin inspires great work-lives in her business and career coaching practice. She describes professional coaching as, “The best possible job in the world for me.” Since she began coaching in 2004, her systems have led fed-up professionals from frustration to fulfillment in their work-life.  


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