WHAT’S YOUR IDEAL CAREER PROFILE?
So many of us start our careers thinking that these fancy job titles sound amazing. But, more often than not, we don’t stop to think if these jobs actually fit who we are as people or the lifestyle we truly want to live out.
Finding that ideal role at the perfect company that fits our core strengths and values isn’t an easy task. Usually, the path to finding this ideal career isn’t a straight line, and the end result also isn’t something you get instantly.
Here at HTYC, we try and help guide you to a career that fits you in the straightest line possible. The only thing we ask of you is for you to understand that:
- It is going to take a little digging into yourself to find this ideal career
- How much you put into the thought process (that we layout for you), will likely effect the results you get in your “job search”
- This process isn’t magic and it will not produce immediate results
- Your genuine participation is necessary
Listen to the podcast as Scott outlines the steps you need to take to do the whole career change/job search process differently to achieve that happy, healthy work-life integration that people talk about enjoying so much.
Also, check out the list below for the step-by-step process that will show you how you can find that career that fits your everyday-life needs.
STEP ONE – IDENTIFYING YOUR IDEAL CAREER
LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE OF YOUR LIFE AND CAREER GOALS.
It’s not all about shooting in the dark when it comes to your career. This is something that takes sincere thought and effort to determine what it is that you want to do, not necessarily for the rest of your life, but for a pretty decent chunk of time.
This is the part a lot of us miss when we start our career. All it takes to help identify your ideal career is asking yourself these basic questions:
- Is the work you want to do something that goes against your strengths or is it something that goes against the grains of your strengths?
- Does the work meet your basic needs?
- A long commute, especially if it’s over an hour by bus
- Very long hours
- Pay you feel is unfair
- Job insecurity
- Is the work engaging for you?
- Clear tasks, with a clearly defined start and end
- Variety in the types of tasks
- Feedback, so you know how well you’re doing
- Do you work with people that are supportive of you?
- Does that job/role fit with what you value with the rest of your life?
STEP TWO – IDENTIFYING ORGANIZATIONS THAT FIT YOUR IDEAL CAREER PROFILE
START WITH WHAT YOU KNOW AND DEVELOP YOUR HYPOTHESIS.
For example, if you know in your ideal career profile that you want to travel while you work and one of the things that you value is having people trust you to get the work done, that means that the type of organization that you are looking to connect with is one that needs to run in a way that empowers its people.
If this is what you know you are looking for, the next step is to begin researching these types of organizations that offer remote job positions or appreciate a distributed workforce, essentially a team that works remotely from different locations, instead of in one physical office location.
You can start your search on google with “flexible work job sites,” and start your job search with what pops up – this time it happens to be FlexJobs.com.
- Begin to find and identify those organizations that meet your ideal career choice needs.
- Make a list of companies that align with other pieces of your ideal career profile
This is what we like to call forming a hypothesis, since you are guessing that these are the organizations that you want to end up working for, but you’re really basing that off of an assumption. You don’t know if this list of companies actually/factually align with your ideal career from STEP ONE.
Big struggle for people. understand where to search and how to translate what they want into what organizations may offer that.
BUT! THERE’S A BONUS!
Once you are able to think critically about what you want and how you’re going to get want you want, this transfers to other areas of your life. Being able to understand and devise a way to be able to go after what it is that is important to you in a way that is feasible and tangible to you is a GREAT critical thinking skill to have!
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STEP THREE – REACH OUT TO THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT FIT YOUR IDEAL CAREER PROFILE
ONCE YOUR HAVE THE LIST, BEGIN TO “TEST YOUR THEORY”
Do you know what the difference between a traditional informational interview and our “Test Drive” method of reaching out to a potential employer is?
For one, people usually try to sell themselves to an organization/potential manager in an informational interview.
With our method of interviewing, the test drive method, the difference is that you are NOT there to get a job.
Why you ask?
Well, you don’t know if you want to work for that organization yet, remember? You are trying to find out all of the information to see if this role and the organization actually fit the career profile you made in STEP ONE.
Don’t forget that you are asking for a meeting to learn more about the organization and the people in it. You want to show sincere appreciation and a want to gain knowledge and insight about the specific role you are looking for and at that organization.
If you come off as someone that is just asking for a job, it starts to feel like bad sales. You’ll come off as pushy and it will feel inorganic. If you are genuinely curious and want advice on the job on the organization or the type of work, you’ll form more of a relationship and you’ll find that people are will to help those that are truly interested in learning more.
Here’s an example of Felix Oberholzer-Gee. He began to ponder this issue as he was, of course, waiting in line at the airport. Later, he decided to conduct a field experiment to explore the question. He and a team of experimenters equipped with small bills approached 500 people in lines and offered a cash payment of up to $10 to cut in.
Would the bribe be accepted? How much would it take to jump the queue? And how would social norms and a sense of fairness play out along the line?
As expected, the higher the amount of payment offered, the more likely individuals were to allow a stranger to cut ahead of them.
The surprise? The line-holders allowed the person to cut in and most wouldn’t accept the money in return.
Oberholzer-Gee took this to mean that people will allow cuts if they perceive the queue jumper has a real need to save time, though most people felt it inappropriate to cash in on that need.
For line-holders, a higher bribe meant the jumper was more desperate – REAL need to save that time…legitimately want to help someone.
One last thing, as you continue your test on your hypothesis, you’ll notice that you’ve begun to form new relationships with people that are in the field and organization you envision yourself in (by default – if you follow all of these steps correctly).
If you find that this is a person, organization or type of problems that you solve that you’re interested in continuing with, you now have the ability to:
- Ask for introductions to other people to continue exploring
- Ask for introductions or advice on how to get employed by the company
- Seek their continued guidance in the form of a mentorship
Be sure to keep you new connections informed of your career goals and status of employment.
Foster those relationships. You’ll want to stay fresh and relevant in their mind.
So, when an opportunity that sounds like the perfect fit for you, you’ll be the first person they’ll call and recommend!
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