Welcome to day six of our special time-management clinic with renowned life coach and bestselling author, Wendy Jago. Wendy's brand new book, How to Manage Your Mammoth: The Procrastinators Guide to Getting Things Done, was published this month. As part of today’s clinic, Wendy addresses the sometimes frustrating experience of searching for a job! How do you find a job that fits you?
Today is Wendy Jago's last clinic post but if you've missed any of them, they are still online. The aim is to inspire our readers to conquer their own time-management mammoths! The clinic also offers an exclusive opportunity for you to have your questions answered (for free!) by one of the most well-respected coaches in the time-management and neuro-linguistic programming field. So do please leave your own time-management questions in the comments section below and Wendy Jago will answer them for you!
It's really hard to lose your job, and in the current climate it's not unusual for it to take time to find another. Before you slog on with yet more applications, take some time to really open up how you look to yourself and your skills. By skills I don't just mean jobs you've done before, but a much wider range of aptitudes and abilities you may have, some of which may not immediately suggest employment opportunities. The idea is to make a richer and fuller profile of what you have to offer. For example, my husband has often said that any woman who has managed young children and a home deserves a degree in business studies! So many of the skills overlap.
Your aim it to think of what an occupation actually involves and requires you to do and be on a daily basis.
- Jot down every compliment you can remember someone paying you. What characteristic or talent of yours were they paying tribute to?
- Make of 'translation' of this compliment into another list that goes 'I am the kind of person who . . . (does x, y or z, etc, can understand a, b or c, etc).
- Write a list with every item beginning 'I love it when . . .'
- And another collecting together items starting with 'I'd really like to learn more about/how to go . . . '
Do any of these clump together? For example, 'I'm a good listener' might stack up with 'I love finding about how people tick' and 'I really enjoy stretching my brains' to suggest opportunities such as social care, looking for opportunities to volunteer or contribute to free local magazines, or to college to study social work, psychology or journalism. You may not have thought of these qualities of yours as the foundations of a possible new career. But now you could at least test out the possibility by getting more information. It is possible, of course, that the work idea you come up with doesn't actually exist: you may have found a way of opening up a niche that only you can fill. Once, dog-walking wasn't a career. Now there are lots of people who do it. I had one client who created her own job as a financial rescuer: she would go into a small business which had problems with its accounting, sort out their mess and establish good working systems, and then move on. She didn't want to be a book-keeper through she had book-keeping skills. But she loved helping out, problem solving and customising tried-and-tested routines to suit particular needs.
By opening up your view of yourself and your aptitudes, you will have suited the balance from feeling helpless as a result of repeated 'failures' in applying for jobs to one of curiosity as to what else might be out there if you widened your net while at the same time seeking for a job that would fit you rather than the other way around. And while you are unemployed you can use volunteering as a way to test out that possible 'fit'.
You can find more detailed advice in chapter 11 of How to Manage Your Mammoth.
How to Manage Your Mammoth is available from all good bookshops. This title is also available as an ebook so you can add it to your Sony ereader, Kindle, Kobo or iPad.
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