Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the February 16, 2004 issue of QuintZine.
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Kitchen writes: “Of all the career techniques, experts say, this is the one most neglected. We are a nation of doers, not reflectors. And that’s just what’s called for — getting quiet, plumbing the depths, digging through what we think we’re supposed to feel, to get to what we do feel about what’s most important in our work lives.” Kitchen notes that self-assessment involves answering some fairly basic questions, including:
- What activities do I do well that I also enjoy?
- What have been my proudest accomplishments, big or small, whether others valued them or not?
- What are my inherent interests — the subject areas I find fascinating?
- How do I like to spend my day, working independently or with others in a bustle of activity?
- To what degree am I willing to sacrifice inspiring work for higher pay or vice versa?
Kitchen suggests carving out time for reflection, journaling, testing the waters by doing volunteer work or reading any number of books such as What Should I Do With My Life? (Random House, $24.95), the bestseller by Po Bronson.
No. 5: I hope you are having fun on your job-search adventure! Please take your lists from previous tips and combine them. Make out a master list and rank the listed items in order. Start with number one, until you can go no farther. THIS EXERCISE IS NOT MEANT TO BE SCIENTIFIC OR REALISTIC. Just play this game. You are getting closer to knowing yourself, and what you want to do …. to be continued…
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