a Job by Design
By Julie Fuimano
Conducting a job search is a wonderful opportunity
for you to discover more about yourself, clarify
what you want in a job, and determine where
your career is heading. Most, people however,
get so wrapped up in the actual job search tasks
that they neglect important steps. Writing your
resume, looking for work, and interviewing,
are all necessary for finding a job. But without
doing the necessary inner work of assessing
and identifying what you really want, you may
wind up with a job that doesn't maximize your
strengths, move you forward in your career,
bring you joy, or help you develop professionally.
In order to take control of your career and
find the right job, you need to know who you
are, what skills you have to offer, what skills
you might want to develop, and what you want
in a job. Your job is an opportunity for you
to express yourself and develop your talents
and skills so you can achieve some level of
mastery, earn more money, and enjoy yourself.
Knowing what you have to offer an employer and
being clear about what you expect in an employer
gives you confidence and power.
Use the following steps as a guide to help
you define what you want and to keep you focused
in your job search. Take the time to write about
what you're looking for and enjoy the inquiry.
The more you know about yourself and what you
have to offer, the clearer you'll be about your
career path. For a Job By Design worksheet
to assist you in designing your ultimate job,
visit www.nurturingyoursuccess.com under the
STEP ONE: WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF A PERFECT
This is a critical question because it asks
you to define what you want. If you don't know
what you want, how will you know when you've
found it? Some of these elements will be negotiable
for you; others will not. As you define what
you want, make sure you identify which elements
you are unwilling to compromise.
Who do you want to work with?
What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
Do you need a manager who gives you lots of
autonomy or do you prefer someone who provides
more specific instructions and guidelines? Do
you enjoy working independently or in teams?
If you enjoy working in high-functioning teams
with lots of autonomy, you'll be very unhappy
if you find yourself working in an environment
with a hands-on (micro-) manager where people
keep to themselves.
What do you like to do?
What do you want to be doing during your time
at work? What skills do you want to be using
and developing? What types of instruments, tools
or technology do you want to work with? How
do you like to be dressed? Do you enjoy wearing
a suit or more casual attire? Do you want travel
to be a part of your job? Do you enjoy doing
repetitive tasks or something different each
These questions are critical because you want
to choose things that reflect your strengths
and passions and that will be fun to learn.
Work doesn't have to be a chore; it can be fun
if you do what you love in the environment that
supports your strengths and personal style.
Where do you want to work?
In what kind of environment do you want to work?
Do you want to be in a high-rise or does the
thought of tall buildings make you cringe? Do
you want to work in a cubicle, in an open space
like a factory, from home, in a corner office,
or outdoors? Do you like the fast pace of the
city or the suburbs? How far would you like
to commute to get to work? Do you need to access
public transportation? You also want to identify
what benefits you want in a job.
When do you want to work?
What does your perfect schedule look like? What
hours do you want to work? Do you want to be
able to earn overtime? Will you be available
holidays, weekends, or be on call? Do you need
flex time or job sharing?
Why do you enjoy doing this kind of work?
How is this type of work meaningful for you?
What difference do you want to make in the lives
of others? Is there something you want to accomplish
in your lifetime through your work? You need
to identify this so you can choose positions
that will build your skills enabling you to
achieve what you want through your work.
You also want to identify how much money you
want to make and what benefits you might want.
STEP TWO: GIVEN WHAT YOU WANT, WHAT OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities abound. If you can dream it,
you can do it. In step one, you design a vision
for the perfect job, one that brings you joy
and allows you to be your best self. In step
two, you take the components of your ideal job
and search for those opportunities that fit
what you want. This is a little different than
the traditional job search where you look at
the job opportunities and determine where you
fit. What this step suggests is that you take
the list of what you want and see what opportunities
fit that. In this way, you go after what suits
you, rather than what you fit into.
This means that you only interview at places
that meet your qualifications. This also means
that in an interview, you are interviewing them
as well. This puts some control in your hands.
You spend time determining whether this job
fits your ideals and in what ways it doesn't.
If it doesn't fit the ideal you discovered in
step one, then you need to decide whether you
are willing to settle for less than what you've
determined to be the perfect job. The perfect
job from step one is what will bring you the
most joy, satisfaction, and professional fulfillment.
Why settle for anything less?
STEP THREE: WHAT SKILLS DO YOU NEED TO MASTER?
It is very possible that your dream job from
step one is a few steps beyond the current reality
of your skills set. What skills do you need
to gain for you to be able to obtain that job?
Do your research. Then, find a job that will
teach you what you need to know so that you
will qualify for your dream job within a certain
period of time. Set a measurable goal to transition
from learning to practicing. You may also need
Searching for your next position should be
done carefully. This is your life! And while
your job is only one part of your life, it is
a huge part. Your job is one of the ways you
express yourself and add meaning and purpose
to your life. By taking the time to discover
what is most important to you in a job before
you go looking, you can achieve the results
you want. And by empowering yourself by using
these steps, you will stay motivated to go for
what you want. Happy job hunting!
Julie Fuimano, MBA, BSN, RN
is a personal & career coach working with
people and organizations that want to break
through the ceiling that keeps them from the
success they desire. Creating clarity and a
vision for success, eliminating obstacles, designing
nurturing environments, and developing effective
communication skills are some of the areas she
works with clients to bring about the results
they want. Call now to explore how coaching
would work for you (484) 530-5024. Sign up for
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