Monday, March 23, 2015
The most popular posts on this blog are those that help people with their job search. Posts regarding "in career" situations are much less read. I find that interesting. What can I take away from that? Since I'm not getting a lot of two way dialog on this blog, I can only assume. My assumption is that job seekers (both the unemployed and those who consider themselves under-employed) are looking for career help much more often. That seems logical, but let's draw a parallel with marriage. You hear over and over again that marriage takes work. After being married for 12 years, I can verify that. I can also verify that the most difficult time to work on your marriage or change your situation is when your marriage is in a bad place. It is more difficult to be objective and make smart decisions.
This is also true for your career. Your career takes work- and I mean your career takes work, not just your job. Yes of course your job is work. That's why you are getting paid but managing your career needs to happen on a daily basis as well. This means checking in with yourself to see if you are happy. It means making sure you feel like you are challenged and growing. It also means making sure what you are doing either leads you to, or already is on track with your five year plan. Writing a resume, cover letter and determining references are much easier when your career is in a good place. You will make smart decisions if and when you do start that job search.
Consistent maintenance on your career will help in both the long and short run. So go ahead and read those other posts.
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