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:
- How will I set my schedule and am do I have the discipline necessary to commit to it?
- How will I separate my home life from my office life?
- What distractions will be in this new environment and how will I manage them?
- What tools do I have now and what will I need to get?
- 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!
But what if the job isn’t a home-based job, but rather it’s your vision to work with a great company. Then what do you do?
That one is easy to answer — find a great company!
That’s was what I did best — I found and worked for the best companies that would hire me, those that offered me amazing benefits, empowered me to excel, and then gave me the tools to make that happen. And, if I found I made a mistake in a choice, I quickly moved on. (Check out my ebook The Improbable Millionaire for my story.)
I was in high tech in the 1990s and 2000s, so I had a lot of great companies to choose from — and within that list — I choose the ones that were best for me at the time. Today there’s even more choice. Go for it.
OK, but what if you’re not in high tech?
Two things to this point:
- Do you have a skill or interest or job characteristic that can be adapted to a great company — whichever company that is? Big companies have huge numbers of jobs that do all sorts of things. Knowing what you do best and love best, be creative in the type of job you may qualify for — then go for it.
- Look for a great company in your field. Research, research, research. Ask people you’ve worked with in the past to recommend companies or positions. Go back to a mentor. If you’ve not been doing it all along, now is the time to network. If you’re not sure how to do this, learn.
Be flexible. Know what you do best then explore the possibilities. Never limit yourself in your choices. We’ll talk about this more in the next blog entry.