It’s a 3 step process to identify the best way to move our career forward.
- In step 1 (our first coaching session), we discussed the ‘key ingredients’ of the right work for you.
- In the second step (our 2nd coaching session) we recapped the key ingredients of the work for you, and we discussed alternate job ideas.
- The 3rd step of the clarity coaching program is to research the job and career ideas to identify the best work for you.
2nd Clarity Session Recording
Many of my clients have found it very useful to listen to the recording of their 2nd clarity coaching session when they consider and evaluate the alternate job and career ideas we discussed.
I recommend downloading that recording so you’ll always it. (Once you open the video, there will be an option on the top right side of the page to download it).
Overview of Resources (all of which are described in more detail below):
- The Job Summary Profiles for the work ideas we discussed
- A document that explains each field on the Job Summary Profiles
- An Idea Assessment Summary Sheet that you can use to keep a record of your research and evaluate the different possibilities
Job Summary Profiles
The Job Summary Profiles you received in your 2nd Clarity Coaching Session include ‘General Job Search Phrases’ you can use to research the ideas we discussed. Because different companies use different titles for the same type of job, you’ll notice many Job Summary Profiles list several “General Job Search Phrases’ that you can use to conduct your research. Please be sure to read the ‘Explanation of Fields on Job Summary Profiles‘ report for more information.
You’ll notice that I’ve ‘coded’ the General Job Search phrases in simple Boolean language to help you get more relevant search results. Coding these titles is not an exact science and you’ll want to test each of the phrases I’ve provided to see which ones solicit roles that could appeal to you.
I recommend copying and pasting one General Job Search phrase (exactly as I’ve typed it) into the ‘What’ box on Indeed.com. (While you can use any job board to search for a job, I recommend doing your research on Indeed.com because it is very responsive to Boolean search phrases).
I typically recommend skimming 20 to 25 job advertisements for each type of position you research to see if it might appeal to you. Here’s why you need to examine this many: 80% of companies might use a given job title for a set of responsibilities that don’t appeal to you, but 20% of companies might use that same title for a set of responsibilities that DO appeal to you.
To find the best work option for you, you’ll want to do the legwork of looking through enough job advertisements for each title to determine if some companies use the title in a way that could be a good match for your skills, interests, motivations, etc.
The General Job Search Phrase Modifier Strategies report shows you how to modify the General Job Search phrases to find:
- Roles that require different levels of experience – you can use these strategies to look at both more senior roles (e.g. where you could be a few years from now – so you can see if the career path looks appealing), as well as more immediate target roles that match your level of experience
- Roles in industries that appeal to you
- Roles that leverage your current skillset
As you complete your research, please don’t let my specific recommendations limit your career exploration. It’s possible that you may uncover one or more additional ideas that appeal to you when you conduct your research using the tools, resources, and strategies in my online resources.
Research Summary Forms
It can take some real effort to research these career ideas, but it’s well worth the effort to uncover the best ideas and make a good career choice. I have attached a Job Ideas Assessment Worksheet (Job-Ideas-Assessment-Summary-Sheet MW Word) (Job-Ideas-Assessment-Summary-Sheet PDF) that you can use to summarize and keep your research organized.
How to Make Difficult Decisions (Like Choosing a New Job) Easier & More Effectively
Big and high-risk decisions, like choosing a new job and career path, can sometimes be very difficult to make. That’s to be expected: making career decisions is an emotional process with potentially significant financial considerations to take into account, as well as your desire to do what is best for you personally and professionally.
While there is no one “right” way to make a big decision, thankfully there are proven decision-making strategies and frameworks you can use, either individually or, more likely, in conjunction with each other.
Over the next few weeks, I will be sending about 10 emails (typically every other day) that aim to give you additional knowledge, strategies and tools you can use to effectively evaluate the different job and career ideas and identify the best new work path for you – while helping you to avoid analysis paralysis and other situations that can cause you to get stuck or fail to act.
If you don’t want to wait for each email to learn the strategies you can use to make a complex decision like choosing a new work path, you can find them here.