Step Two to a Better Job: Visualize The Job… or Company

photo courtesy Ideas AB via Flickr

photo courtesy Ideas AB via Flickr

In the last blog entry we talked about identifying your strengths — those things you do naturally that will adapt to your great new job — and then you identified the characteristics of your new job by writing the job description.

Step 1 done. (Almost!)

Let’s revisit those characteristics of your new job again — this time putting yourself in the job.

Let’s say one of the characteristics of your ideal job is a flexible schedule or that you can work from a home office.

Ask yourself these questions about how the job’s characteristics and how you’re going to handle them:

  1. How will I set my schedule and am do I have the discipline necessary to commit to it?
  2. How will I separate my home life from my office life?
  3. What distractions will be in this new environment and how will I manage them?
  4. What tools do I have now and what will I need to get?
  5. How about the socialization? Will I miss working with other people?

OK, these are just example questions. You need to come up with your own list. Dissect each of the job characteristics you’ve identified in Step 1 and come up with a list of questions that define how you will perform the tasks of this job.

This is going to take some time, but at the end of the exercise you should know whether this is something you really want to pursue. You know me by now. I never promise anything is easy; in fact, I believe if something is worth having it’s worth working for. So get to work!

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Step One to a Better Job: Know What You Want

Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 8.09.38 PMIf our jobs aren’t fulfilling us, or paying us enough, or destroying us, it’s time to do something else. The main route to joy, peace, and abundance is through our work. Unless we have rich relatives that are leaving us their money, our work is our number one resource to abundance. So let’s make certain it’s doing its job.

Easier said than done, huh?

Maybe getting the job we want is easier than we think. But there is one big IF  –  we have to know what it is we want to do.

There’s a great book I’d like to recommend: Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton. After completing a set of multiple choice options online, your answers are evaluated and you get a profile of your five professional strengths.

It’s a hugely enlightening, non-threatening evaluation — one of the coolest assessments I’ve ever taken. And, it was spot on.

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