This has to happen first. If you are out of work, fired, laid off, or if you simply don’t like what you are doing, before you jump head first into the job market, consider this: What do you want to be when you grow up?
C. S Lewis put it well. “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will do.”
I have a friend who makes her living helping people find their perfect fit job. She encourages people to dream and then do what they must to make those dreams come true. That is not a bad approach. Not bad at all, because it points out that first you must decide what you want to do.
This is the point where people sometimes balk. “I just need a job.” Or, “My real life will be away from work with my friends and family.” But honestly, you will spend a large portion of your waking hours on the job. Wouldn’t it be better to be doing something you enjoy?
So okay, you might say, but how do I find such a job? How do I make that decision?
Here is the key: Ask what you are good at, what is your purpose, what do you enjoy, yes, but more. As we would say in the church: What has God called you to do?
The church has had surveys, tests and the like for years to help people discover their gifts. We sometimes rightly call them talents. The church is looking in order to plug people into ministry activities where they will be happy and productive contributing members of the church community. There is no reason this thinking won’t work in the working world.
In the secular life, there are also plenty of helps in this direction. While NOT in the business of selling books, I note that the Gallup organization (for example) has made a great study of this topic. The book is Strengthfinder 2.0. With this (or some career counselor or other such help) you can identify your gifts, talents, strengths, or in short, what you are good at.
It is a given that people enjoy doing the things they are good at – the things they know they can do well. That is where we are comfortable. That is where we thrive. AND that is where we have value that we can offer any company or organization, and honestly, companies look for people who have value where they have need.
KNOW YOUR VALUE (Know Thyself)
Why is it going to benefit me (my company, my business, my organization) if I hire you? Even hiring managers who don’t think that way in so many words are thinking that in the back of their minds. But it is up to us to do the first work first.
Find your strengths, talents, gifts, what you enjoy doing and do well. Recognize the inherent value that you bring to any situation. That is where you need to concentrate your search. That is where you will find success and ultimately fulfill your dreams.