Dr. Barbara Seifert, CPC
What factors do you consider when searching for a job? Is it the pay, location or the hours? While these aspects of the job are important, they should not be the only areas of consideration. There are many other aspects to think about and, one of the most important is having passion for the job, or the work you will be doing. Whether you realize it or not, you will be spending the majority of your waking hours with people that are not related to you or that you don’t like. You will be spending time in an environment that may not be conducive to your needs or your personality. Being happy both with and on the job will lead to higher levels of productivity, engagement and satisfaction. This ultimately leads to career success.
When conducting your job search be sure, first off, of your needs and wants for that position. A want is something you would like to have but a need is essential; for example, you may want to make $50,000 but you only need to make $40,000. This could lead you to decline a good offer based solely on your wants. Make a list of both your wants and needs, in the areas of salary, benefits, travel, work hours, quitting time, holidays/vacations, career promotion opportunities, alignment with your values, etc. Knowing these will help you to seek out positions that meet these needs and can lead to more opportunities as you will feel more in control and involved in the work you do. Take the time to recognize your purpose – i.e. your talents and abilities – and your passions, or how those abilities can be used to their fullest. Being aware of your passions for the job – why you want to do that type of work – will help you to find – and keep – it on a daily basis.
While finding work can be a frustrating and challenging journey, finding the type of job that excites you and makes you want to go to get out of bed every day will help you to keep focused in your job search; targeting, specifically, the type of positions that meet your needs can lead to landing a job faster and with a more positive outcome!
Dr. Barbara Seifert, LCSW, CPC, NLP is the President of Committed to Your Success Coaching & Consulting in Orlando, Florida. She helps individuals to take charge of their careers, find the work they love and enhance their professional development to reach their peak performance. She also coaches in organizations to enhance employee engagement and leadership development. Dr. Seifert is an adjunct professor, a certified coach and certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. You can learn more by visiting www.cyscoaching.com and Your Career Success Blog at www.allaboutcareerssite.wordpress.com.