Step Three to a Better Job: Brainstorm the Possibilities

4823650873_940063a98c_zIn earlier blog entries you determined what it is that we do best —you‘ve discovered your strengths—defined and dissected your perfect job, and addressed if you wanted a new job whether to go it on your own, or join a great company.

Wow! You’ve come a long way. But there is still a lot of work to do.

Today we talk about being super creative in your pursuit of a new job. Let’s brainstorm all the possibilities.

When we brainstorm we never limit our choices. Never say no to any idea, before saying maybe. “No” is not an acceptable word in this exercise.

Ok? OK!

Let’s start the brainstorm.

Write down every job that you might possibly want to do—no matter how far-fetched it might be.

For example, you’re an on-air radio person. Your strengths are tenacity, willing to do what it takes to get the job done, enjoy working with people.

You have a degree in communications.

Write down the things you do well?

  • Build and execute a daily radio show
  • Program manage the schedule for the station
  • Build ratings
  • Maintain technical equipment
  • Work within a rigid budget
  • Motivate a team of people
  • Facilitate a positive work environment

OK, how could these strengths and skills translate to a different business? Here’s some possibilities:

  • A communications officer for a large company
  • Mobile disk jockey
  • Manage an entertainment center
  • Be a business conference planner
  • Be a motivational speaker
  • Work for a hotel or cruise line

I’m just playing with these possibilities since I don’t know this business or your business. You need to do the work. Build own your list of potential opportunities in the world that you know. The longer it is, the better.

OK, you made the list—now what?

Now you need to research potential jobs that match your brainstorming list. Go to companies that you want to work for and check their job listings. Go out on job sites and check out what’s there. Get some ideas, because it’s from these ideas that you’re going to generate even more ideas for that perfect job that is just right for you—one that will bring you joy and peace and abundance.

It’s from this list that we’ll narrow down the job you want. If you’re creating your own job, it’s time to define that in clear, precise terms. Take the job description that you made earlier and rework it with the new information you’ve discovered through this exercise.

Again, have fun with this. There are no right or wrong answers—only opportunities!

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About Liz Stauffer

Liz Morningstar Stauffer’s improbable journey—from a divorced mother of two at the age of 34 to a millionaire some 15 years later—has inspired her to create the blog “The Improbable Millionaire," offering tips, advice, stories and support for people on a similar journey—even if they don’t know it yet!

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