Seven Steps to Finding a Job You Love

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Today is a great day to begin the journey toward finding a job
you will love. Since you are attempting to create a brand new
future for yourself, I suggest you give this process some time.
Work your way through the steps below over a few weeks. It’s a
good idea to approach this program like taking a class. Set
aside a specific time each week, such as Monday evenings at 7
p.m. Each week, read one step and work on it. Over the course of
the week, be sure to let each step percolate in your mind during
your daily activities. The following Monday, note any new
thoughts you have had and then begin the next step. If you get
stuck or need help, you can contact Deirdre at 207-439-4280 for
assistance.

Step #1: Identify Why You Are Changing Careers

The first step in any career change is to identify why you are
looking for a change. It is important to know whether you are
trying to move away from something or if you are trying to move
toward something. Ultimately, it is much more empowering to
move toward something as opposed to trying to escape from
something.

It is much more difficult to identify your ideal job if your
personal vision is limited to overcoming the negatives of your
current situation.

This is your time to dare to dream. Why not dream big? If you
are going to make a career change, keep all of your options open
to give yourself the best chance of making a fresh start. This
is your time to find a job you will love for years to come.

Step # 2: Create a Personal Vision & Specify Your Goals

The next step in finding work you love involves creating a very
clear vision of your future work situation. You need to be able
to definitively answer the following questions:

–What is your ideal work day schedule?
–What is your required salary to live comfortably?
(For more information on salary and work you love,
I highly recommend the book Your Money or Your Life by Joe
Dominguez and Vicki Robin)
–What is your preferred commute time?
–What are your ideal positions and tasks?
–To what managerial level do you want to be reporting?
–Are you an entrepreneur at heart?
–Would you consider self-employment?
–Are there any other logistical aspects you need to consider –
such as travel required or on-site day care provisions?

Try to think through every aspect of a normal day. Don’t be
afraid to outline what might feel like unrealistic or
pie-in-the-sky options. The purpose here is to get very clear on
what it is you want. Not what you think you can get.

Creating this vision and specifying your goals is an integral
step toward finding your ideal job. I recommend that my clients
spend plenty of time on these questions and write out their
answers in a notebook or journal.

Step #3: Re-Connect With Your Interests

So many of my clients have lost touch with their interests. It
is not easy for them to identify the things that capture their
attention. To help get your self-knowledge flowing, answer the
following questions over the course of a typical week:

–What is your favorite bookstore section?
–Which sections of the newspaper do you turn to first?
–What magazine subscriptions do you have?
–What were your favorite classes in college?
–What are your hobbies?
–What categories of books do you keep on your bookshelf?
–What great conversations do you remember from parties and
social events? What was the topic? What made it a great
conversation?

After keeping track of these things for a week you should be
able to identify some trends. Did you notice some of your
interests emerging on a consistent basis? Are you able to
narrow it down to two or three top interests?

Do not worry at this point whether the interests you have
identified have any possibilities as careers. You are just
beginning the self-exploration process. In order to have any
hope of finding work you love, you have to start by identifying
what is truly interesting to you!

Step #4: Re-Connect With Your Values

Interests and values go together like a lock and a key. Once you
have identified some of your favorite interests, the next step
is to explore your values. Your values are your deeply held
convictions that compel you into action. Many people become
unsatisfied in their careers because one or more of their
personal values are not being met. To uncover some of your
strongest inner values try to answer some or all of the
following questions:

–Who is your favorite famous person? What is it that you admire
about them?
–If you never had to work again, what would you
spend your time doing? Why?
–If you could solve one world problem what would it be?
–What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
–What are your top three movies of all time? What theme do
they share?
–What makes you mad?
–What would you want said about you at your funeral?

These questions are likely to take you longer to answer than any
of the others so far. That is because your values are at the
core of what motivates you in life. When you find work that is
in sync with one or more of your values, you will feel a great
desire to do that work. It will feel more like your “calling”
rather than merely a job.

You will gain a sense of importance about the work you are
doing. You will feel that your time is being spent wisely and
that your work makes a difference. When you can combine these
values-based feelings with working in an area of your interest,
you will be well on your way to finding work you love. Try to
sum up your answers from the questions in this step and then
identify your top three values.

Step #5: Know Your Abilities!

Now you know why you are looking to change careers (better pay?
more fulfillment?), what you would like your future work day to
look like (nine to five? three weeks vacation? On-site gym?),
your areas of interest (history? biology? human development?)
and your values (education? tenacity? helping others?). The
next step in the process is to connect these emotional
components with what you are actually hard-wired to do. You can
find this out by taking a natural abilities test.

I highly recommend abilities testing to all of my clients. There
are several sources of abilities testing available. I use The
Highlands Ability Battery. I have heard of other people using
the Johnson-O’Connor test. You can find these tests via
personal coaches, college career centers, state-run career
centers, etc. Be sure to ask for an abilities test and not a
personality or communication-style assessment (such as the
Myers-Briggs or Strong Interest Inventory).

Abilities tests define your natural abilities based on timed
work samples. This allows for an objective way of discovering
(or affirming) the kind of work to which you are best suited.
These tests also tell you about your preference for introversion
or extroversion, your time frame orientation, your preference
for abstract or tangible work, and other work style information.
It is important to know and confirm the type of abilities that
come quickly and easily to you. When you find work that calls
upon these abilities, it will not only be easier for you to
succeed, but you will also gain a greater sense of satisfaction
from your work.

Step #6: Inventory Your Skills

The sixth step in the process of discovering work you will love
is to take stock of your skills. Your skills augment your
natural abilities. They are things you have picked up along the
way in your career journey (public speaking, computer
programming, project management, etc.). These are the areas that
you have experience in, courses you have taken, on-the-job
training you may have received or any other areas where you feel
you have gained competence.

You may find it helpful to look at past resumes, project notes
and performance reviews to create a thorough list of skills you
have acquired and would like to continue to use in the future.
From this comprehensive list, narrow it down to three to five
skill areas that you feel are your strongest.

Step #7: Create A Road Map to Actual Positions

Finally, you have made it to the last step! By now you should
know a lot more about yourself than you did at the beginning of
this process. Now is the time to put all of the pieces together
and start to define positions. So often when clients first come
to me, their natural inclination is to start the career change
process by immediately trying to identify new job titles.

They come to me saying things like, “maybe I should be a nurse”
or, “I heard that photography is a good career.” I always tell
them the same thing: it is best not to look at job titles until
you have explored your inner desires, passions, abilities,
interests and values. It is best to keep all your options open
during the first six steps. You have a better chance of finding
work you will truly love when you fully unleash the creativity
of this process. You may be surprised about what you uncover!

To complete Step #7, use the information you have collected from
Steps 1 through 6 and put them on a note card in this format:

–Top three personal interests
–Top three core values
–Top three natural ability areas
–Top three to five acquired skills

Once you have created this card, you can start to show it to
friends, relatives and anyone else you might consult. Ask them
what kind of job this list describes to them. Do they know
anyone who has a job like this? If so, perhaps they can help you
line up informational interviews to confirm that this type of
work would indeed be of interest to you.

I had a client who took this card to a trade show and discovered
two new job titles that neither of us had ever heard of before.
After two informational interviews with people in those
positions, it was clear that she had found a whole new career
opportunity for herself that neither of us would have ever known
existed!

A few final notes about undertaking a career change:

1. Be thorough, be persistent and be true to yourself and you
will find the job of your dreams. It’s important to be patient
with yourself during the career change exploration process. It
is like filling a large funnel at the top. You are putting in
new information day-by-day – your reasons for changing, your
logistical requirements, your interests, your values, your
abilities, your skills, etc. What will happen eventually is that
one or two job titles will fall through the narrow opening at
the bottom of the funnel.

The payoff you will receive for investing in getting to know
yourself through this seven-step process is that the jobs you
uncover will be the most exciting opportunities of your life.
You will have finally found work you can truly love.

2. Be sure your financial situation is stable while you go
through the career change process. It is much easier to explore
freely when you don’t have to worry about how your bills are
going to be paid. Remember, this seven-step process is about
finding your passion and figuring out how you can make your
unique contribution to the world. It will need your attention
for a little while.

3. If you are currently unemployed and looking for immediate
work, watch out for this trap: just being good at something
doesn’t mean you should be doing it! This is a valid and
possibly the quickest road to a renewed paycheck, but don’t
confuse this with engaging in a real career change process to
find work you love.

4. It is normal to be frightened and to worry about being
unrealistic about career choices. After all, we all need to
make a living. Regardless of whether you are currently working,
these thoughts will naturally arise if you are considering
making a major change from the status quo. Let these feelings
rise and fall. It’s okay. Talk it out with your friends, your
career coach or write about them in your journal. Making a
career change can be stressful but don’t let that stop you from
finding work you love!

21st Century Career Success

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21St Century Career Success
When it comes to modern career development, one thing we can all count on is change. With the advent of technology, telecommuting, and E-commerce, how work is performed is in a state of reinvention. Self-employment and small business development will become more the norm than big business. And career changes will be more frequent due to rapidly changing organizations and industries. Finally, the line between one’s personal and professional life will become even more blurred. Since the modern world of work is rapidly changing to keep up with the demands of our fast-paced lives and lifestyles, here are some characteristics of what the new work contract will look like:
§Seeking more meaning from work.
§Equating “career success” with personal satisfaction over paycheck or status.
§Everyone will need their own “name-brand.”
§Increased use of technology.
§Finding work that needs doing.
§Changing in the way management and leadership is conducted (less arrogance at the top level, more power on lower levels).
§Increased need for networking and self-marketing.
§Lifelong “trying on” of various roles, jobs, and industries.
§Creating a plan that is flexible, and continually assessing the “fit” of the work.
§Increased representation of women and minorities in the workforce.
§Changing career fields numerous times in a lifetime.
§Self-responsibility: Everyone knowing they have to chart their own career direction.
However, the 21st century career also offers many advantages:
§More career opportunities for everyone.
§Freedom to choose from a variety of jobs, tasks, and assignments.
§More flexibility in how and where work is performed, i.e. working from
home or telecommuting.
§More control over your own time.
§Greater opportunity to express yourself through your work.
§Ability to shape and reshape your life’s work in accordance with your values and interests.
§Increased opportunity to develop other skills by working in various industries and environments.
§Self-empowerment mindset.
§Allows you to create situations or positions where you can fill a need in the world that is not being filled.
§Opportunity to present yourself as an independent contractor or vendor with services to offer.
How can you successfully navigate through the turbulent times of change and career uncertainty? By developing resiliency, exercising proactivity, creating excellent self-marketing tools, keeping your skills up-to-date, and finding your unique life balance.
1.Develop resiliency (the ability to bounce back).
Having the right attitude about career change is imperative to your ability to bounce back from setbacks, sudden changes, and twists and turns along your career path. You will experience a lot of career change and transitions, so you may as well get comfortable feeling uncomfortable.
2.Take a proactive approach to your career development
You must constantly be on the lookout for new ways to apply your gifts and talents in the new economy. This requires thinking creatively, actively promoting yourself/business, and being actively involved in how your career progresses. Staying involved in professional associations, and continuous networking are excellent ways to connect with other like-minded professionals.
3.Create first-rate marketing materials
Always keep your resume current. You never know when you are going to want to share it with someone or pass it along. If you are in business for yourself, develop classy business cards and letterhead. Harness the power of the internet by developing an interactive website.
4.Commit to lifelong learning
To keep earning, keep learning. Do not wait until you lose your job or want to look for another position to gain new skills or training. Recognize the need to be open to learning and attend classes related to your area of expertise to keep your skills sharp and marketable. Keep in mind the top skills needed for career success include:Communication, Computer-knowledge, Creativity, Customer Care
5.Find your unique life balance
There are four dimensions to life: love, labor, leisure, learning. Remember that work is just one aspect of your life pie. Be sure to indulge in all of your areas. Because having an overall balanced life is what leads to the most fulfillment.

What are the Differences between Series and Parallel Circuits?

In order to find out how various quantities such as current, voltage, and resistance act in circuits, it is important to find out the various differences between Series and Parallel Circuits. Moreover, based on the number and type of devices connected to each other, different types of circuits are employed. And here in this below article, we will help you just do that, by providing a detailed description of parallel circuits, and series circuits, along with their circuit diagrams, and also the list of major differences between them.

What is a Series Circuit?

If the current flow in a circuit passes through all the components involved in the said circuit, then it is called Series Circuit. And moreover, in this type of circuit, the current flow follows a single path or direction. For instance, if you consider house decorating lights, then you could observe that they are simply multiply connected in series. However, there is a big disadvantage in these types of circuits, if one piece of electrical equipment connected in the circuit fails, all other equipment also does not work.

What is a Parallel Circuit?
Contrary to the Series Circuit, this involves multiple paths embedded in a circuit, which carry current to the different electrical equipment connected to them. However, one thing you should remember, even though they are multiple different paths for current to flow, the voltage will remain constant throughout the circuit.

Difference between Series Circuit and Parallel Circuit
There are multiple differences between Series and Parallel Circuits, which we are going to talk about briefly below.

Series Circuit
Current Flow: Current Flows follow a single path.
Components Arrangement: All components are connected in series.
Voltage: Voltage differs across each resistor in the circuit.
Mathematical Representation: Vt =V1+V2+V3
Component Failure: If one component fails, all other components are rendered useless.
Parallel Circuit
Current Flow: Current Flows follow multiple paths.
Components Arrangement: All components are connected in parallel.
Voltage: The voltage remains the same.
Mathematical Representation: V1=V2=V3
Component Failure: Even if one component fails, it does not affect the working of other components in the circuit.
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