I am noticing a pattern. This is the time of the year when Tandem gets a rush of e-mails. These first-of-the-year inquiries tend to be quite different from those received during the rest of the year. Throughout most of the year, potential clients fall into one of the "camps" detailed in the entry found here. Every January and February, though, a larger theme tends to emerge - many potential clients tend to write about career dissatisfaction. My "Happy New Year" blog inspired a lot of people to get in touch. And, clearly, the tradition of examining goals at the beginning of the year has a lot to do with this. Many people - having taken the time to get really honest - realize that their career is off track. They own up to the fact that, in most cases, their discontent stems from something deeper than an ineffective resume. Take a look at this snippet from an e-mail that I recently received:
Here are the facts: I am currently employed at a great job. Great for most people. But I need a change, I'm drowning here but ironically I am on a fast growth track. I need to make a change before I get so entrenched in this company and on this career track that changing paths becomes impossible.
This is a common feeling - one that you may be able to identify with.
As I said in that blog entry, few things are as rewarding as tapping into your natural talents and skill set. Are you doing that? Are you in touch with your strengths?
Right now - due to the economy and whatever you may have going on in your life - you may need to remain laser-focused on shaping up your resume and getting a job. Any job. That's completely understandable, and I can help with that.
Challenge yourself, though, to have a look at the bigger picture just as soon as you are able. Break the cycle of moving through a series of jobs that are only moderately rewarding.