Why Half of Us Are Stuck In Jobs We Don’t Like

From PhDs to dropouts, far too many men and women spend much of their working lives in jobs that don’t satisfy their souls. Why? It boils down to this, from recent college grads looking for that first job to mid career managers, engineers or sales professionals, most take “Potluck”.

By potluck I mean reactively focusing on Internet job sites, want ads, friends, relatives and massive mailings of resumes for positions that look really good. After a few months and hundreds of resumes disappearing into black holes, and perhaps a couple of blown interviews, a sense of desperation sets in. The ideal position becomes the compromise job, “It’s not exactly what I was looking for, but it will do for now”. Now often turns into years that “typecast” individuals into an industry and/or function they weren’t all that excited about in the first place—“But hey, it pays the bills.”

In today’s world of downsizing, right sizing, reengineering, lean and mean management; with jobs flying off to India, China, Mexico, and who knows where else, the average job, from CEOs to file clerks last from 2½ to 5 years. So in all probability tens of millions of employees are going to be out on the street again in 2½ to 5 years, and again in 2½ to 5 years and maybe, just maybe in another 2½ to 5 years, possibly in midlife looking for that ideal position, but afraid they may have to take another potluck job just to pay the mortgage. Sounds like the old definition of insanity: “Keep doing what you have been doing and expecting different results.”

Career Success Is Up To the Individual

No company, no government program and no single individual is in charge of anyone’s career. Career success is absolutely totally and unequivocally the individuals responsibility. Face the facts — in today’s global economy we are all entrepreneurs! As entrepreneurs it is up to us to package and sell our talents, skills and abilities to organizations in the way that demonstrates our return on investment (ROI). That is real easy to say, but how do you do that?

Become a Problem Solver – Not a Job Hunter

The primary goal of the Advanced Career Strategies Courses is to encourage career oriented men and women to approach organizations in much the same way consultants approach organizations, i.e. as problem solvers not job hunters. To achieve this goal here is a list of the strategies studied:

  • Writing and implementing ROI (Return On Investment) focused industry reports
  • In depth research strategies
  • Personal and organizational SWOT Analysis
  • How to write and present case studies verbally and online
  • Writing and implementing targeted proposals
  • Creating and implementing accomplishment portfolios
  • Strategic interviewing: Demonstrating value to an organization in 30, 60, 90 days and beyond
  • Industry branding: How to become one of the first names that comes to mind for excellence in an industry and/or function
  • Social media including LinkedIn, Twitter, web sites and blogs
  • Negotiation strategies
  • Structured brainstorming

To get information about the next Advanced Career Strategies Course go to: www.advancedcareerstrategies.com

Published in: on August 28, 2013 at 12:06 am  Leave a Comment  

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