Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to take a proactive view of your career and explains how you can explore different options.
Hi, I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and I want to talk with you today about who’s responsible for your career. I’ve answered this question before– you– but I want to go a step further. And the behavior most people engage in when they’re managing their career is they lurched from one dissatisfying career situation to a good one to a dissatisfying one to a good one. When enough bad ones build up, they suddenly go, “I gotta change jobs.”
There’s no thought that’s going in there; you’re emotionally lurching from one to another.
Now, I want you to think in terms of what you need to do in order to advance to that next step. Your employer has their agenda. They’re going to want to bring you into situations that serve the business and their particular needs. Nothing wrong with that, but they may not serve you.
So, for example, I’ve work with a lot of people in technology and, one day, they get a knock on the door and, suddenly, they’re being moved to a project that’s not particularly interesting. Or they’re left behind to maintain the work that they helped develop. It becomes disinteresting and they kind of hang in there for fear that they’re important and they don’t want to change jobs so fast. . . But, eventually,, the frustration builds up with the tedium, and they then go to change jobs. No reason to go through that.
Be proactive. When you start a new position, you need to think in terms of what’s the next career step for you. And what do I need to do in order to get there? Is that more training? If you don’t know, by the way, start networking and doing informational interviews? If you have an idea, get on to LinkedIn, do a Google search, search for someone who’s in that role and ask them if you can schedule 15 minutes with him for coffee, go over meet with them and say, “Look, I’m not trying to have you get me a job with your firm. I really am trying to gather information because I don’t know enough. This is what I’m thinking of. This is where I am right now. I see you’re doing this kind of work. How’d you get there? What did you need to know? If you were me looking at this, how would you do more research.” Just start asking questions. It’s a big component of what’s going to help you be successful, instead of lurching from things to thing.
Finally, if the entire issue is coming down to your career, and you’re not really happy in the career, start looking at a new one. I would say start off by looking at what your strengths are, where you’re happiest, where you’re most effective. Do some industrial psychology training, like do a Myers Briggs, do a disc assessment, start looking at some of the tests that’s out there that can help narrow down the things that you enjoy most and enjoy least, and focus in on the ones that you like most.
Maybe, it’s going to tell you that you need to look at a completely different career. Maybe, it’s going to tell you to add some tools to your tool belt so you’re not just simply lurching from one thing to another with no information and emotionally making decisions.
I’m Jeff Altman. I hope you found this helpful. I want to encourage you to visit my website which is TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more there that you can watch, listen to or read to help you find work more quickly.
Hope you have a great day. Take care
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” and “No BS Job Search Advice.”
Are you interested in my coaching you? Connect with me on LinkedIn and, once we are connected, message me. If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)
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