My friend Cindy Petersiel, a business coach who blogs at Design Your Success, suggested an idea I have been meaning to share, and “Job Search Future Planning Week” is the perfect time to share it! When you are looking for a job, knowing where you are going is the most important thing. As Cindy notes: “What good is climbing the ladder if it’s leaning against the wrong wall?” To help you figure out the right wall…
This is what Cindy says:
Envision yourself 5 years from nowÃ‚Â being featured in an article for a magazine or newspaper.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ask yourself these questions:
WhatÃ‚Â publication is featuring the article?
Who are you or what have you done to gain the interest of the magazine?
Now consider some questions that might be asked by the interviewer:
What lead you to this path in your life and in your work?Ã‚Â How have your core values influenced your path?Ã‚Â What are the steps that you took to get here?Ã‚Â What were the milestones along the way?Ã‚Â What do you love about your life and your accomplishments?Ã‚Â What have been the obstacles along the way and how have you surmounted them?Ã‚Â What has your workÃ‚Â brought toÃ‚Â you?
Notice that all of these questions are in the present tense.Ã‚Â When you answer them, keep that present tense.
So, what do you think? When you envision yourself 5 years down the road, what magazine is writing an article about you? Why?
Cindy suggests you think about:
Who have you become or what have you done that has captured the publication’s interest?Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â At the top of a piece of paper, write the name of the magazine.Ã‚Â Leave room for an article title – you’ll fill that in last.
Write out the interview questions above.Ã‚Â What other questions could there be?Ã‚Â Write them out.Ã‚Â Make sure you have about 20 to 30Ã‚Â minutes of quiet alone time and write out the answers to these questions.Ã‚Â Really pretend that you are there, 5 years from now.Ã‚Â Feel the pride and the joy.
Lastly, come up with a title for the article and write it at the top of the page.Ã‚Â This could end up being a battle cry or bolstering mantra as you move toward your 5-year vision.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s idea to extend the fun and pretend to help you firm up your vision of the future!
Need a little help ramping up your search? Read how I can help get you going!
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