She Can’t Seem to Get a Job Break


Liz writes:
I’m 24 years old. I’ve been in between jobs for almost
six years now and I feel I can’t get a break. I don’t know what I want to be. What
can I do to find out what I’m supposed to do as a career?



The Career Doctor responds:
The most important thing you can do for yourself is to take the time to
really get to know yourself to assess your likes and dislikes your strengths and weaknesses. From that point you can begin building
a career plan to help move you in a forward direction.
How do you go about with self-assessment? Well you can take some
tests; there are lots available in print and online. But before you do any
of those tests — if you even bother to — first spend some time with yourself
getting to know yourself better. Make a list of the activities you like to do –
and not just from your previous jobs but from your hobbies and other interests.
Then make a list of the things you never want to do again. Now sit down and
think about your strengths and weaknesses.
Once you’ve done some self-assessment the next step is looking for careers
that utilize your strengths and the activities you enjoy. There are any number
of resources to learn about careers — from utilizing the resources of a career
counselor to any number of print and Web resources. One of my favorites is
the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department
of Labor. The Handbook describes what workers do on the job working conditions the training and education needed earnings and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
Once you’ve identified a career path (or paths) the next step is identifying potential
employers. There are any number of ways of doing this such as completing a job
search on some of the major job boards to see what companies are hiring in your
field. You can also go to your industry’s niche job board(s) and search job listings
there as well. Finally industry associations are also good sources of potential
employers.
The final step is getting your job-search material in order for the career change.
You’ll need a new resume new cover letters and preparation for job interview questions.
Some resources to help you in this process:

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Liz writes:
I’m 24 years old. I’ve been in between jobs for almost
six years now and I feel I can’t get a break. I don’t know what I want to be. What
can I do to find out what I’m supposed to do as a career?



The Career Doctor responds:
The most important thing you can do for yourself is to take the time to
really get to know yourself to assess your likes and dislikes your strengths and weaknesses. From that point you can begin building
a career plan to help move you in a forward direction.
How do you go about with self-assessment? Well you can take some
tests; there are lots available in print and online. But before you do any
of those tests — if you even bother to — first spend some time with yourself
getting to know yourself better. Make a list of the activities you like to do –
and not just from your previous jobs but from your hobbies and other interests.
Then make a list of the things you never want to do again. Now sit down and
think about your strengths and weaknesses.
Once you’ve done some self-assessment the next step is looking for careers
that utilize your strengths and the activities you enjoy. There are any number
of resources to learn about careers — from utilizing the resources of a career
counselor to any number of print and Web resources. One of my favorites is
the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department
of Labor. The Handbook describes what workers do on the job working conditions the training and education needed earnings and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
Once you’ve identified a career path (or paths) the next step is identifying potential
employers. There are any number of ways of doing this such as completing a job
search on some of the major job boards to see what companies are hiring in your
field. You can also go to your industry’s niche job board(s) and search job listings
there as well. Finally industry associations are also good sources of potential
employers.
The final step is getting your job-search material in order for the career change.
You’ll need a new resume new cover letters and preparation for job interview questions.
Some resources to help you in this process: