How Can I Find a Career Where I'm Valued?

"JT & Dale Talk Jobs" is the largest nationally syndicated career advice column in the country and can be found at JTandDale.com. Dear J.T. & Dale: I have gone through career assessment counseling three different times, and while the results are consistent, I still hate my work. How can I get some help finding a career where I am making a contribution and am valued for that contribution? — Judd Dale: Done properly, good career counseling locates the intersections between your skills and economic realities. But GREAT counseling will help you not only think through your options but feel your way through the emotional connection to work. J.T.: That's where you discover what is called your "intrinsic motivation," and getting there means examining not just your work experiences, but also your volunteer and free-time activities until you start to see the common denominators of what you find engaging. Dale: With emphasis on the word "you." J.T.: So true. I once worked with a woman who was highly successful in her job, but who was growing more unhappy by the day. She came to me, and together we explored what she truly cared about, and she admitted, sheepishly, that what she really loved was makeup. When I asked her why she wasn't working in cosmetology, she told me her family and friends would see it as a frivolous job. After much discussion, she agreed to take a class and then started a side business as a makeup artist. Fast-forward to today: She's a highly successful image consultant. She leveraged her connections in the business world to launch a service that helps women improve their looks and confidence. She is admired and respected for her work, but more importantly, she is happy and successful on her own terms. Dale: Is there any other way to be successful? JTandDale.com LogoJeanine "J.T." Tanner O'Donnell is a professional development specialist and the founder of the consulting firm, JTODonnell.com, and of the job search blog, CAREEREALISM.com. Dale Dauten resolves employment and other business disputes as a mediator with AgreementHouse.com. Please visit them at JTandDale.com, where you can send questions via e-mail, or write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019. © 2012 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. Valued employee career image from Shutterstock

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Diane submitted. She has recently worked with a co-worker on a group project. When it came time to present the project at a meeting, Diane let her co-worker present. While it went great, the co-worker proceed to take credit for nearly all of Diane's work. Frustrating to say the least!

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child.

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There are LOTS of questions around resume dos and don'ts. There's so much advice out there that it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what's the correct answer.

During our weekly live Office Hours on YouTube, two of our coaches, Ariella Coombs and J.T. O'Donnell, answer questions live from viewers related to their job search, career success, on the job situations and more.

We complied a simple list of what we find to be the most common questions our coaches get about resumes. We hope you find this helpful.

Let's start with the basics...

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