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Now's the Time For a Career Tune-up

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

Steps to find your dream career!

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Amidst the Coronavirus chaos we are all enduring, it's a great time to undergo a Career Tune-Up. Time to check under the hood and make some adjustments to help us run smoother and longer. Perhaps the job you had before this crisis is gone, or maybe the occasional tug that this is not the job you dreamed of has surfaced in this more reflective time.

First, inspect your vehicle

Jot down your assessment of these four critical areas:

Check your steering fluid- Your intuition is like your car's steering fluid. It guides you and ensures smooth, noise-free turns. Do you come home most days exhausted? Do you dread the week to come every Sunday? Do you daydream of a different life? No job is 100% fun and frivolity, but if many days are frustrating, perhaps that's just too many.


Inspect the chassis- Our skills and talents are our chassis. They hold us up and form the backbone that differentiates us. List what you believe your top five skills are regardless of whether you are at work or at play. Maybe you are creative or analytical or social? Are you technical, musical, or a great salesperson? Does your current job tap those skills?


Maintain the exterior?- Our personality shines through. Some of us are sedans, others family vans or sports cars. The exterior reflects our personality. Similarly, we should assess our own personality. Am I more of an introvert (yes, I can socialize and share my views, but I need breaks and get energy from within) or an extrovert (I need to socialize and I tend to be the more gregarious person in most conversations)? Do I tend to be a generalist (I like to know a bit about many things, I like change, and I can get bored doing the same things all the time) or a specialist (I prefer to be the expert with deep knowledge and deep roots)? Does your current job align with these facets of your personality?


Change the air filter- Like an air filter that protects your engine, adhering to your core values protects you. List five core values. A recent blog provides some good tips. What drives you every day? What leads you in making decisions, regardless of whether you are at work or at home, whether someone else is watching or not. Here's a handy list of values to spark your thoughts. Does your current job satisfy your values? I've found whenever I'm not aligned with my values, my degree of productivity and happiness sink.

So if you feel your job is misaligned with your intuition, skills, personality, or values, it's time to consider your options. Life is too short to be unhappy. And your health is likely suffering. I was a frequent visitor to my primary when I was misaligned. He tried to treat the symptoms of sciatica, rashes, weight gain, and shingles, but he couldn't "cure" me. Only I could do that by alleviating some of the stresses of work. These changes are scary. But there are so many different roles, jobs, and fields out there. Several can provide you the satisfaction you deserve.