How can any of us resist the urge to reinvent ourselves with the turning of the calendar to 2016? Jump on the bandwagon – there's plenty of room here among the hopeful, the determined, and the motivated. Related: What's The First Step When You're Ready For A Career Change?
Do Some Inner ExplorationFirst, consider the draw of a fresh start for you. What are you seeking as you dream about your next career opportunity? Some enticing ideas that often appear in my initial conversations with clients include:
- Autonomy: The freedom to embark on creative projects, to dictate your own time, to put your attention where you're drawn
- Meaning: At the end of the day, knowing that where you're spending your time matches your values at a basic level
- Connection: Working alongside people who GET you, who respect you, who say “thanks" every now and then
- Engagement: Dialing in to what you're doing, using your brain, your intuition, and your other talents
Articulate The Most Important Qualities You WantMake a list of what you want in your new career. Imagine that you're single and you're searching for a new romantic partner. Sit down and write a list of 10-15 qualities you're seeking. Next get very specific about three more categories:
- Where do you want to be working geographically?
- What are target companies you'd like to research?
- What are the specific job titles that you're seeking?