Translate your strengths into an ideal job

Rick was an IT Help Desk Manager looking for job satisfaction. He had lists of strengths and skills, values, roles, responsibilities, and a description of his ideal work environment. He still didn’t have any idea what he wanted to do, or where he wanted to do it. He was feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by all the information he had collected. Yes, he knew himself better than before, he was clear on what he offered, but he didn’t know how to pull it all together.

So Rick wrote himself a story about the work day he really wanted. This is a story about the job he really wanted, and how it fit into his life, on an ideal day when everything goes smoothly, and everything went his way. It’s a way to see how all the information he’d learned about himself fit together into a job or career. The story had no job titles in it, just activities and people. What he did, who he did it with, along with when and where.

Rick’s story answered the question: What is an ideal work day like, from the moment you wake up to when you go to bed at night? It answered the questions of who, what, where, when, and how. He included his strengths, his values, and his ideal work environment.

Now, at first you might think Rick’s ideal work day (or yours) would include being independently wealthy, in charge of everything, and in a world where nothing went wrong. That wasn’t true. Rick’s ideal work day included people coming to him all day long with hard IT problems to solve. It included him working closely with a few others to problem solve, and then find solutions. It included having people come to him who were difficult to deal with, and in his story, he helped calm their anger and frustration. They left with a smile.

As Rick reviewed his story later, he found clues to the type of job he really longed for. He found the types of challenges he enjoyed, as well as clues to the types of technologies that were important to him. Rick was later able to transform into his own “Ideal Job Description” to compare to job postings and to guide his interview questions. In writing his story of his Ideal Work Day, Rick gained clarity regarding his ideal job, and what he really wanted.

This clarity helped him focus as he moved forward with his job search. It helped him focus his search on the right positions for him, and no longer waste time on jobs that would never satisfy. Ultimately, he landed a job that met about 75% of his Ideal Job, and 100% of the elements that were most important to Rick.

Have you taken the time to write your story about your real ideal work day? I’d love to hear what you discover. Please share it on my blog.


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When I first met Lori, I was in a rut. Having spent 25 years in the same industry, I was bored, max’d out and didn't know what to do next.  I was pigeon-holed into an industry that I was not so fond of, and saw no way to get out.  I felt trapped. Lori understood my predicament, as she had seen it all before -- she was sympathetic, but resolute in knowing that she could help me find answers.  I took great solace in that! 

Through several sessions and dozens of exercises, I began to get a clearer picture of who I am, and where my strengths and talents truly lie.  Working with Lori, I was able to translate that understanding into updated, targeted resumes that quickly produced interviews and gave me the confidence to express myself better than ever before. 

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