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How to Find Work You Love

December 26th, 2010

Don’t be bored at work. The more you know about yourself, the better the chances are of finding fulfilling work. In finding a career that is your calling, seek to understand your:

Passion. The most common mistake people make in choosing a career is doing something simply because they are good at it. Know your strengths, but find work that brings you joy.

Personality Traits. Are you analytical, emotional, imaginative, or super productive? Do you enjoy collaborating or working alone? Personality profiles such as the Myers-Briggs Indicator, DISC, and the Enneagram are invaluable tools for better understanding our preferences and motivations.

Ideal Work Environment. I have found that even more important than the job title or duties is the work environment. What is yours? Do you thrive in an environment that allows you to work outdoors, with autonomy, or with people? Whatever the factors may be, determine your four to seven “nonnegotiables.”

Values. Are you motivated by position, status, titles, and money? Does beauty move you? Do you love to be around people? When does time fly for you? Be clear about what you value.

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What’s Your Google Index?

January 24th, 2010

Build your brand by building your Google index. One of my favorite futurists, Faith Popcorn, predicted a trend in 2003 she called “Persona Propaganda.” She said “Google has created the concept of the ‘Public Resume’ – a new kind of pervasive, email-able DigiTruth. Now, everybody can know everything about almost anyone.”

We are using the Web to learn about potential job candidates, customers, consultants, and business partners, and they are using the Web to learn about you.

When was the last time you Googled yourself?  Go to Google, type your name into the window in quotes. What did you find?  If you are like most of us, you didn’t’ find much.

Personal branding guru William Arruda (http://www.reachcc.com) says, “Building an on-line identity is as easy as it is essential. It starts with just one post, one article, or a one-page Web site.”  Here are six of his suggestions on how to get started:

  1. Write articles for on-line portals that relate to your area of expertise or your passions. HR.com, MarketingProfs.com, selfgrowth.com are three of thousands of options.
  2. Submit content to article banks. They will make your articles (along with proper attribution) available to others who are seeking content for their newsletters or Web sites.
  3. Build your own Web site or career portfolio. Yahoo is offering small business owners free, customizable, three-page Web sites. Companies like Brandego will build you a custom career portfolio. Remember, one quality page is going to do a lot more for your brand than ten poorly executed ones.
  4. Create a blog. Blogging gives you an opportunity to express your opinions and will not take up much of your time since posting can be just two or three lines long. But get in now; according to Seth Godin, there’s a new blog every six seconds.
  5. Participate in on-line forums and information exchanges. Share your expertise or passion and increase your visibility at the same time.
  6. Review books at amazon.com and other on-line bookstores and link back to your Web site or blog.

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Balance Work with Home

September 24th, 2009

Work and personal life out of balance? You’re not alone. Those of you who know me, know that I love to follow trends. One futurist I follow is Roger Herman of the Herman Group. Herman and his partner Joyce Gioia specialize in employee retention and offer a free weekly eNewsletter that I subscribe to, http://www.hermangroup.com/futurespeak/e-advisories.htmlherman.

Herman believes – and I concur – that money is no longer the chief motivator in getting job candidates to sign on the dotted line. “Maintaining balance between work and personal lives is rapidly becoming one of the primary motivators for today’s workers. Balance has already surfaced as an important criterion for people choosing their next employer.” The focus is now on “softer issues” like professional development, being involved in decision making, childcare, and finding meaning in one’s work. Chief among these issues is work-life balance.

Many of my clients struggle with work-life balance. Upon questioning them, I find that many of their challenges are self-inflicted. It’s not so much the company’s expectations of them, as their expectations of themselves. Smart employers know they can increase employee retention rates by being sensitive to life balance.

I empathize with my clients’ struggle for balance. “I should be doing something productive,” my inner critic whispers. And with Blackberries, cell phones, and e-mail, it’s too easy to stay connected with work during down times.

I sure don’t have the solution, but I have found that if I schedule time to do the things I enjoy, I make time for them. For example, every Tuesday morning (when I’m not out of town) I used to attend a painting group at A-B Tech in Asheville. For three hours, I would have nothing to do but paint. Today, I have a studio, and I still have to schedule time on my calender to be there. For me it is time well spent, as those three hours help ground me through the week.

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