The Best Job You’ve Ever Had

The best job you’ve ever had. Sounds great doesn’t it?  To me, it’s opening my eyes to all the opportunities that exist in the world.  It’s rare to get an opportunity to pause,  get off the treadmill and look around, look inside of you, and decide what you want to do with your life.  Opportunities are everywhere – so much needs to be done in the nonprofit world, helping people, the community, and the planet.  Businesses are hurting and are looking for your expertise and talent. And the government seems to be a place that never has enough caring, talented people.  Of course, you have expertise too, and you can become a solo practitioner.   I loved the phase of my life when I did that.

So what do you need to do to figure out your best job?  Three steps.

1)  Take some inventories and assessments.  Strengthfinders is a good one, so you can identify what your top strengths are.  If you’re using your top strengths in your work, work becomes not only fun but easy too, playing to your best traits.  Of course you could buy the book, but there are also free versions http://unsheeple.com/2008/11/free-strengths-finder-testkind-of-self-reporting/

A communications style assessment would be good as well.  DISC is one that is easy and popular, and many people take the Myers-Briggs.  Again, free ones exist on the internet.  http://cl1.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=2967

Lastly, emotional intelligence is important to know. EQ is your street smarts, your emotional smarts.  Almost more important than IQ in the business world, EQ is how you deal with people and situations.  http://psychology.about.com/library/quiz/bl_eq_quiz.htm

2) Get out and talk to people.  Volunteer.  What interests you? What do others ask you for?   You don’t need to do this just to meet people, you can do it because you enjoy it.   Look to that to see what that tells you about yourself, your interests, what you love doing or find easy.

3) Lastly, there are different types of career tests out there.  Here’s a test from career builder.  http://www.careerfitter.com/free_test/Careerbuilder/  Many different ones exist.  I particularly like Career Vision, because they also have so many other career resources for you.  http://www.careervision.org/Quizzes.htm

We get one life here on this amazing planet.  Make the most of it.  Grow yourself.  Whether you’re out of work, not satisfied with what you’re doing, at a job that’s draining you, or just ready to make a move, take these three steps to put yourself into the best job you’ve ever had!

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About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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