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Job Search: Is Self-Discovery Really Worth The Time?

September 1, 2017

It’s a question we are often asked. The answer is Yes.

In our experience, clients who understand: who they are; what they are good at; what they value; the strengths they want to bring to the job; the job titles that peak their interest; and the kind of work place culture in which they will thrive — find jobs that truly fit much faster.

Jane Porter in a 2015 Fast Company Blog Post entitled, How To Change Careers When You Don’t Know What You Want To Do Next, writes about Timothy Butler’s work: “Most people who are unhappy with their careers and want a change often feel the urge to jump right into looking for new opportunities–scouring job boards and asking friends about interesting opportunities they might know of. But Butler says that’s starting with a tactic that should be the last step in your path, not the first. “The question that should be taken on first is: ‘What really holds meaning for me?’” he says. “Not in an abstract way, but in a very nitty-gritty, concrete way”

Knowing exactly what they want allows clients to zero in on the right career, in their desired location and in a work environment that will fuel their success. These clients also conduct search for “job offers” not a search for a job. Self-discovery allows clients to write “7 to 12 sentences that capture specific criteria you want out of your career and life. “This requires work, but it’s work that you can do,” says Porter

“This is the stuff that is missing. This is the work people don’t know about. ‘Who am I and how am I different from other people?’” continues Porter.

Our clients expedite their search by creating the criteria they want out of their career and life. 97% of our clients find jobs in which they excel, value highly, and love to do.

If you find this post helpful we invite you to join one of our affordable workshops

Wayne Greenway is Senior Partner with Career Aviators, a Certified B Corporation®  that directs all profit to innovative youth leadership initiative in Guelph. He is passionate about helping people to find jobs in which they will excel, value highly and love to do.

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