When work is challenging and meaningful, it is one place where people are happiest! At least, that is what Peter Weddle of Weddles said in his talk at the Career Management Alliance seminar. (Be sure to read yesterday’s post – It’s not a come as you are job market.) He asserted that “if you have courage, you can break out of the box you create for yourself” and take charge of your own career.
I liked this advice, as it echoes what I always tell my clients – “You drive your own career bus.” YOU are in charge of what direction you go, and you have choices about where to go next.
Weddle explained that the genome project taught us that humans are 97% similar! So, he suggested that we each offer 3% that is special and unique. Have you thought about that 3%? You need to focus and purposefully identify what you have to offer that makes you stand out from everyone else. It’s not enough to assume that it’s obvious or that everyone will recognize your talents. Stop, outline what you have to offer and focus on your goals. Then, move forward with intent.
Have you ever gone for a drive, but didn’t plan exactly where you wanted to end up? If you were lucky, you ended up at a great place for dinner or a nice spot to enjoy a water view. Other times, you just sort of drove and drove, but never really got anywhere? Sound familiar? You don’t want to take that chance with your career.
Weddle points out that the global markets are unforgiving. Stay tuned for more from Peter’s talk about what employers are seeking.
Need help to market your best skills? Peter says that EVERYONE can be an A-player. I can show you how! Contact me for help with your search.
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