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I'm going to ask you a group of questions now that I believe are going to be helpful to you in framing your job search. The 1st 1 I'm sure you'll have an answer for but most people I speak with don't have a clue about the answer to the 2nd or 3rd.
Let's start over that 1st question – – What you want to achieve in your career? What are your goals? What are you trying to get you professionally? At the end of all this work you're going to be doing, what's the outcome that you want to be getting to? Most people I talk to will give me an answer that's plausible.
When I test a little bit further with the next question which is, "Do you know what you need to know/the steps you need to take in order to get there?" They start to fumble a little bit and get nervous. You can tell that they are winging it in answering the question. They haven't thought about it at all.
Here's the 3rd question: "What's your plan?" How are you going to get there from here? What are you going to do? What kind of work are you going to do? What training you need to get? Who will be your mentor? What kind of departments will you need to work it? What kind of training objectives will you need to have in order to accomplish that?
That's why everything breaks down for most people because their objective is really to get a promotion to replace the work and work their way up the ladder, changing jobs every once in a while and leading a relatively mundane existence.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
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