Have you ever sat down to begin your job search… only to realize you have NO idea what type of job you even want?! It’s hard to make changes when you don’t know where you’re headed. I call this step Career Clarity, and it’s one of my favorite ways to help job seekers. There’s nothing like watching that light bulb go off in a client’s head when they discover what they want to do next in their career. If you are in need of career clarity, look no further: Below, I’ve outlined a few of the steps in my career clarity program. Clients leave my program feeling confident, hopeful, and excited for what’s to come.
What motivates you at work? What makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning to go to work… and what leaves you feeling fulfilled when you leave work? Considering your motivations is key during the career clarity process. While working with clients, I utilize the Strong Interest Inventory to help discover career motivations and interests. Are you a helper? An organizer? A researcher? A fixer? A change-maker? It’s important to define your motivations and ensure they are aligned with your career.
The next topic to consider is strengths. Do you know what your strengths are at work? I encourage you to take this free Strengths assessment, High5 Strengths, and reflect on what you’re good at and what you have to offer a team. Ask yourself: are my strengths aligned with my career? For example, you could be a highly relational person with a job where you sit behind a computer all day. Probably isn’t too exciting to you, is it? That’s because you need to be with people! Not only will your strengths help point you in the right direction for your career, but they are great to bring up during an interview, too.
A topic that is often skipped over is values. What do you value at work? In a job? Do you value independence? A high salary? Team-work? Integrity? I help my clients define their values and teach them how to use their values as a compass during their job search. When a company is aligned with your values, theres a great chance you’ll love working there.
I wish I could tell you that finding a job you love is easy. This process requires some inner-work and self-awareness. Once you know what you want and where you are going, your job search becomes easier and simplified.
Are you interested in working with me to gain career clarity? Reach out and we can chat on the phone about my coaching program!
If you’d like to learn more about this topic, check out this podcast episode.