A tough economy means many people are stuck in jobs that no longer suit them, but they feel stuck. Worse, they find themselves in a repeating pattern of moving from job to job in a sort of trial and error attempt to find the right job. The only thing worse than moving from job-to-job is the potential loss of confidence that can often accompany this cycle.
The challenge isn’t necessarily the job but the applicant! My implication isn’t that there is something wrong with you as a person. Quite the contrary; you’re uniquely gifted and talented with a valuable contribution to make. You have an unmatched experience and background … and that’s just the start of what sets you apart! What you have is backward thinking about how to find the job of your life.
The Secret to Finding The Job of Your Life
So what is the secret to finding the job of your life? Your process is flawed, not you! If you keep applying for misfitting jobs, then you’ll get rejection letters galore. Or, worse yet, if you do get an ill-suited job, how soon will it be until you realize the mistake you’ve made … or your employer does? Welcome to the repeating pattern that invariably ends in frustration, lost momentum, and a career setback.
Try this very different approach to finding the job of your life. Admittedly, my approach places a substantial burden of work on you to think, craft, and find the job and company that best suits you to thrive. Too often, I’ve seen people settle for a close approximation of something meaningful or the decision is made purely for “more money” reasons. Being sold to the highest bidder offers some upfront thrills and rewards, but long term you have to ask yourself if this is the place, the people, the product, and the purpose where you can thrive.
Kill Rates or A Healthier Place
A couple of decades ago, my wife was applying for a job with a defense contractor. Judith loved everything about the position. Wisely, an interviewer bluntly asked her, “Are you comfortable being in the business of killing people? Here we talk in terms of ‘kill rates’ to assess the effectiveness of our products.” Everything else about this job seemed like a great fit — superior pay and benefits working in a major corporation, nice people, interesting work, but … Judith decided to pass on that position because being in the “kill rate business” just wasn’t who she was.
Seven years ago, after raising our children, Judith decided to re-enter the workforce to become a health coach. Today she is in the business of saving lives by helping her clients to gain health. She is thriving because her heart is in her work. She’s put it together 1-2-3. She’s defined who she is and found work that supports her in becoming who and how God made her. The 3-2-1 approach almost invariably becomes oppressive rather than expressive.
Judith tapped me to work with her in support of helping clients to be at a healthier place. How on-purpose can one be when you’re not very healthy? Plus we’re training others to become health coaches by sharing in her joy of saving lives and my calling of helping people lead lives of being on-purpose.
Invest Your Life
Don’t spend your years wasting away chasing meaningless endeavors. Instead, invest in your life in what matters most to you. Do it on-purpose!
If your life or career needs some renovation, then let’s connect and see how we can help you take a healthy step toward being true to yourself, prospering, and making a difference by giving back. Is it time for you to invest in the first job of your life — taking care of you? Here is how we can help:
- One-on-one coaching to create a life plan.
- Reading and working through The On-Purpose Person using one of our workbooks for self-study or creating a small group.
- Give yourself the gift of good health. Take care of your body, mind, and spirit.
Finding the job of your life is the job of your life. Until you’ve figured out who you are, why you’re here, where you want to go, and what’s important, then you’ve placed yourself at a strategic disadvantage to find the job of your life.
Give this different process and approach a try. It is as easy as 1-2-3!