Knowing how to stand out from other job candidates is important. This can be tough when there are more job seekers out there than you can count. However, there are several ways to set yourself apart from the competition, one of which could be to consider what you're passionate about. Life coach and creator of self-development program Forward Step, Bibi Caspari, shares some of her thoughts on why considering your passions matter for your professional success. If we're employed, we spend most of our waking hours on the job, especially if we work full-time. If you've got a job and you're only doing what you love after work, you might want to consider changing jobs. “Whatever your job is," said Caspari, “how can you find some way to make it something where you can bring your passion to it, where you can bring your love to it?" Doing something you love as a profession is more enjoyable and creates a better work environment. According to an article published in the New York Times, a recent study by James K. Harter and his other colleagues, “found that lower job satisfaction foreshadowed poorer bottom-line performance." The article went on to say that “when people don't care about their jobs or their employers, they don't show up consistently, they produce less, or their work quality suffers." Caspari's extensive background in cognitive behavioral therapy has taught her how thoughts will affect your outcomes, the quality of your work, your energy, and your creativity. As someone who runs a non-profit organization, Caspari gets to do something she loves and enjoys. However, it also means that she has to do a lot of things on her own. For this, she has learned to develop some strategies for the few things she isn't particularly passionate about. “For the things I don't particularly enjoy, I find my mood sours, I get tired more easily, and I'm less productive," said Caspari. One of the ways Caspari deals with unenjoyble tasks is to relate them to things she loves, like grant writing. “I love writing," saild Caspari. "The kind of writing I like is when I'm working on personal development stories for my blog that can enlighten people and help bring A-ha! moments to people. Grant writing isn't like that, and yet it is writing, and if I think of it as writing... and use words that can really help wake someone up... then I can bring my love of words and my love of writing to the craft of grant writing, and that will help me enjoy what I am doing." In addition, passions can tell employers a lot about you when you're looking for a job. Caspari said she likes looking at people's activities and interests when she hires volunteers for Forward Step because it tells her more about the person and what they have to offer. “In this economy, if you're a dime a dozen and there's nothing that distinguishes you, then how are you going to get the job?" said Caspari. “Don't hide who you are."
Everyone has heard of New Year's resolutions. You know, those promises we make to ourselves about things we'll do better in the year ahead. Sometimes these resolutions work, while other times we end up with gym memberships we never use! But have you ever heard of a career resolution? It's actually the same thing as a New Year's resolution, only career-focused.
However, with something as important as a career, you don't want to break these resolutions. That's why it's important to keep these goals manageable.
Here are four simple career resolutions that are easy to stick to and achieve.
Be Self-Aware Of Where You Stand In Your CareerBigstock
Being honest and self-aware of where you are in your career is the most important step in making strong career resolutions. If your career is going nowhere and you're unhappy, then it may be time to consider a career change, which will take you down a different path entirely.
But if you're happy and in good standing with your career, it's a lot easier to set goals for the year and build out a long-term career plan.
Find A Way To Grow Your CareerBigstock
Career growth is a very broad spectrum that means something different to everyone. It could be something as simple as improving on a weakness or building on a strength. It could also be learning a new skill or taking on additional responsibilities at work.
On a larger level, it could be seeking a promotion or moving into a leadership role.
Whatever the goal is, make sure it includes growing professionally. The worst thing you can do is stay the same! If you're not growing your career, you're dying—and becoming a lot less valuable to your employer. There are always ways to upskill!
Better Serve Your Professional Network
With current colleagues, former colleagues, and other professional acquaintances, you've probably built a solid professional network through the years. A strong professional network can come in handy if you lose your job or are looking to make a career change. However, you shouldn't just rely on your network when you're in need!
It's important to find ways to offer value to your network. This could include checking in with members of your network from time to time. Exchange messages on LinkedIn to see how they're doing or share relevant content of interest. If you can help someone in your network going through a career challenge, you should!
Maintaining a strong professional network is like an investment. If you want it to pay off, you have to put some time into it and be consistent.
Take Care Of Yourself
Working on your career is hard work! It's okay to be selfish sometimes. Whether you're working to grow your career or looking for a new job, it's important to find balance.
Your family and health always come first, so make sure your career goals don't interfere with that. If you want to set aside time during the week to work on your career that's fine, but don't miss important family events or milestones.
Don't let your career goals get in the way of your health goals. Go to the gym, take a walk, or go for a jog. Balance is key to maintaining healthy career and life goals. Sometimes you just need to adjust that balance as you go.
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This article was originally published at an earlier date.