New year, new job
On the scale of life changing decisions, the amount of thought, advice, support and self-search about our career direction is often low in comparison to other life changing events. On closer examination of our own educational experience, there are often identifiable and significant gaps, or recognition that there has been little or no specific analysis of personal skills aligned with our career direction. At later stages in our career, it is common to hear comments like, 'I just took that job at that point because…' or 'I was limited due to… at that time.'
There is a plethora of general ideas and advice on sector and industry qualifications that are required for various jobs. The gaps are in the individual support, against those personal issues, decisions and choices, are the areas that inform and explore opportunity and potential in depth. These are the areas that can make the difference in creating a greater work life balance, salary increase and personally a better fit with your skills and the company culture.
Even if we contemplate our true direction and the changes that are possible, those options need some search of self to create significant meaning some directional dialogue, dialogue that incorporates those personal requirements.
The new year brings recognition that this is the start the beginning of another year, the importance of our life, our time and how we spend it, what could be in front of us? How we choose to develop and apply our skills and personalities being a natural consideration when in reality we spend more time at work than we do at home.
Attitudes towards work naturally change; lifestyle decisions can shift attitudes towards work. People are now more aware about the relationship of work to our whole life. We want more quality of life in work and outside of work.
Redundancy and other forced decisions can throw us into considering a different direction, sudden change can cause dilemma and depending upon our financial circumstances can create a sense of urgency. Sometimes, although not recognised initially the circumstances of a forced decision are often a gift, changing our life circumstances for the better. Suddenly the old way of working no longer fits our life for whatever reason. The forced change brings with it opportunity and time to reflect, reconsider our options in the light of having gained a lot more experience of life and work.
Our talent skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications can be primarily dedicated to one particular sector or company. This is a bonus, in that there is the development and the expertise within the experience, also the personal evidence of commitment loyalty and trust. However, not having any other experience outside of one or two companies, can make the thought of exploring another sector daunting.
It can be a new and exciting journey! The way forward is to rise to the challenge, commit and to invest in what might have been a previously neglected area of consideration. How do I look against the current market place and sector that I want to consider? What have I got to offer in all aspects of my experience and personal life journey to date?
The following points are relevant in considering the individual job search plan
1. Explore the areas of your work and life that you want to improve.
2. Identifying the practicalities of your financial circumstances against your job search.
3. What is the geographical location, place of work, and your ability to travel as part of the job?
4. Identifying the right company/sector.
5. Identifying those unique qualities you offer with your skill set and experience.
6. Considering the hidden skills that might exist as part of our hobbies and interests.
7. Consulting experts about your personality fit and skill set – how you would want to apply them.
8. Searching the sectors in the most time efficient way - to enable employers and vacancies come to you.
9. Alignment of your personality, skills, knowledge and experience with your interpersonal attributes into a focussed CV that is directed to the market you want to influence and attract.
10. Realistic salary scale.
Curriculum Vitae is defined by Merriam Webster:
The different plural forms of curriculum is from New Latin (a post-medieval form of Latin used mainly in churches and schools and for scientific coinages), in which language it means “a course of study.” It shares its ultimate root in classical Latin, where it meant “running” or “course” (as in “race course”), with words such as corridor, courier, and currency, all of which come from Latin currere “to run.”
This word is frequently seen in conjunction with vitae; a curriculum vitae (Latin for “course of (one’s) life”) is “a short account of one's career and qualifications prepared typically by an applicant for a position” – in other words, a résumé.
It is the uniqueness of our self-search and uniqueness of the individual course of life that can bring our CV to life for an employer.
Running a course is a personal description, of how you ran that course and what you have gained.
Let this year be the year that you review the attributes you can offer and consider the experience you have gained, through some self-reflection and dialogue about options and direction, you can make those decisions that have always been tempting, or change your work and life balance to give you much more of what you want to include in your life inside and outside of work.
Our time and how we choose to spend it is our choice, give it the time and dedication it deserves.
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