AND 7 STEPS TO A MORE FULFILLING JOB
March 22, 2004
people today find themselves in unfulfilling work situations.
In fact, one in four workers is dissatisfied with their current
job, according to the recent "Plans for 2004" survey
by CareerBuilder.com. Their career path may be financially rewarding,
but it doesn't meet their emotional, social or creative needs.
They're stuck, unhappy, and have no idea what to do about it,
except move to another job.
Lyn Miller, veteran career consultant and founder of the Life
and Career Clinic, says that when most people are unhappy about
their work, their first thought is to get a different job. Instead,
Miller suggests looking at the possibility of a different life.
Through her book, "8 Myths of Making
a Living," as well as workshops, seminars and personal
coaching and consulting, she has helped thousand of dissatisfied
workers re-assess life and work.
the way of Zen, which includes understanding of oneself as one
really is, Miller encourages job seekers and those dissatisfied
with work or life to examine their beliefs about work and recognize
that, "in many cases your beliefs are what brought you to
where you are today." You may have been raised to think that
women were best at nurturing and caring and, therefore, should
be teachers and nurses. So that's what you did. Or, perhaps you
were brought up to believe that you should do what your father
did, so you have taken over the family business, or become a dentist
"just like dad." If this sounds familiar, it's probably
time to look at the new possibilities for your future.
developed a 7-step process to help potential job seekers assess
their current situation and beliefs, identify their real passion,
and start on a journey that allows them pursue their passion through
1: Willingness to do something different.
the cycle of doing what you have always done is one of the most
difficult tasks for job seekers. Many find it difficult to veer
off a career path or make a change, even if it doesn't feel right.
Miller urges job seekers to open their mind to other possibilities
beyond what they are currently are doing.
2: Commitment to being who you are, not who or what someone
wants you to be.
at the gifts and talents you have and make a commitment to pursue
those things that you love most. If you love the social aspects
of your job, but are stuck inside an office or "chained to
your desk," most of the time, vow to follow your instinct
and investigate alternative careers and work that allow you more
time to interact with others.
worked as a manager for a large retail clothing store for several
she had advanced within the company, she felt frustrated and longed
to be involved with nature and the outdoors. She decided to go
to school nights and weekends to pursue her true passion by earning
her masters degree in forestry. She now works in the biotech forestry
division of a major paper company.
suggests that once job seekers know who they are, they need to
know how to sell themselves. "In the job market, you are
a product. And just like a product, you must know the features
and benefits that you have to offer a potential client, or employer."
Examine the skills and knowledge that you have and identify how
they can apply to your desired occupation. Your qualities will
exhibit to employers why they should hire you over other candidates.
4: Attain a level of self-honoring.
or self-love may seem like an odd step for job hunters, but being
able to accept yourself, without judgment, helps eliminate insecurities
and will make you more self-assured. By accepting who you are
- all your emotions, hopes and dreams, your personality, and your
unique way of being - you'll project more confidence when networking
and talking with potential employers. The power of self-honoring
can help to break all the falsehoods you were programmed to believe
- those that made you feel that you were not good enough, or strong
enough, or intelligent enough to do what you truly desire.
suggests that job seekers develop a vision that encompasses the
answer to "What do I really want to do?" One should
create a solid statement in a dozen or so sentences that describe
in detail how they see their life related to work. For instance,
the secretary who longs to be an actress describes a life that
allows her to express her love of Shakespeare on stage. A realtor,
attracted to his current job because he loves fixing up old homes,
describes buying properties that need a little TLC to make them
6: Appropriate risk.
monks believe that the way to enlightenment comes through facing
obstacles and difficulties. Once people discover their passion,
many are too scared to do anything about it. Instead, they do
nothing. With this step, job seekers should assess what they are
willing to give up, or risk, in pursuit of their dream. For one
working mom, that meant taking night classes to learn new CAD
skills, while still earning a salary and keeping her day job.
For someone else, it may mean quitting his or her job, taking
out a loan and going back to school full time. You'll move one
step closer to your ideal work life if you identify how much risk
you are willing to take and the sacrifices you are willing to
teachers of Zen describe action in this way, "If one wants
to get to the top of a mountain, just sitting at the foot thinking
about it will not bring one there. It is by making the effort
of climbing up the mountain, step by step, that eventually the
summit is reached." All too often, it is the lack of action
that ultimately holds people back from attaining their ideal.
Creating a plan and taking it one step at a time can lead to new
and different job opportunities. Job-hunting tasks gain added
meaning as you sense their importance in your quest for a more
meaningful work life. The plan can include researching industries
and occupations, talking to people who are in your desired area
of work, taking classes, or accepting volunteer work in your targeted
of these steps will lead you on a journey to a happier and more
rewarding work life. After all, it is the journey, not the destination
that is most important.
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