Monday, 30 March 2009
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Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Job search is about finding work. Career research aims a little higher.
Research helps you understand the work you want and how to find it.
Career research aims for a job and an environment where you can get the most from your strengths, where you are valued for what is important to you and motivated to achieve new career goals too.
Does it sound like an impossible task when put like that? Like looking for a needle in a haystack as your Granny might say?
[Derek saw it, but his next job was a long way off]
[Thanks to Saundra for the use of this image.
Check out her amazing Flickr Photostream here!]
Research ensures that all of your experiences count. Even the ones you might look back on as mistakes. Research helps to make your learning cumulative. Each phone call, interview, application process, networking conversation or chat over coffee, moves you one step closer to your goal. The goal of work that satisfies our short-term priorities but also moves us closer to personal career success as a long-term objective.
Earlier posts on this blog have shown how even the knock-backs and the disappointments can work in your favour. You might resolve never to make a particular error again, or that your communication will improve in a particular situation, or that your next opportunity doesn't break down for the same reasons as the last.
Stuart (a friend who is currently career researching & job searching) recently said to me that his entire career experiences are what he gets most excited about when he talks to potential employers. Not just his glowing successes or wonderful references - all of his experiences. All the past lessons, struggles, errors of judgement, obstacles and challenges too.
Stuart realised that his career experiences - when looked upon as a whole - are what make him an attractive proposition in the job market. That is because, without the full range of his experiences, he wouldn't be the same person. The person who can now confidently state where he wants his career to go in the future. The person confident he will recognise the right job opportunity when he encounters it. The person who knows what he has to say and do to make the right opportunity count.
In my opinion, Stuart is absolutely right. When we realise the value to employers in all of our career experiences, we present answers and solutions in a more human form. Our experiences can prove that we know what we are doing and where our careers are going too.
Stuart and I apologise if any of this upsets your Granny but - with the right support from career research - the needle and the haystack need no longer apply!
Here are some more posts on research, job search & managing your career:
All the best for now,
Monday, 23 March 2009
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Monday, 16 March 2009
What questions would it answer?
If it is out there already, where is it?
If it is not yet out there, can we create it?
[The work/life fusion tag cloud: How will it look in the future?]
Career Research has been a recent topic here - and because research demands action not just words - the best idea seemed to turn this question into a career research project and post the findings on this blog.
This is an opportunity to research the career topics and questions that you think are important and these can be the objectives of our research:
➊ If answers are already out there, we can post details or links to them here [making it easier for others to find them too]
➋ If the stories we want to read are missing, we can post the findings of our research on this blog [building new stories & insights together]
So, if you have a career question that you haven't found a good enough answer to yet, let's research it together and see what we can find! I will post questions & answers on this blog as we go. Together we'll make sure that we all benefit from the result!
✪ Send stories [questions to research, articles, links, etc.] via the comment feed for this post: Comments
✪ Email them to worklifefusion[at]googlemail[dot]com
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All the best for now!