Cooking Up Something New

I’m cooking up something new. And would love your help to create it. All you have to do to participate is complete this 3-minute survey.

I’ve been thinking for awhile now that it’s time for something new to help people figure out what they want to do next. From what I can see out there, there are two main approaches to this: going inward and going outward.

Going inward, highly espoused since 1968 when “What color is your parachute?” was first conceived by a Divinity school graduate just like me. This is the approach where you study, before all else, yourself. It’s this idea that germinates in his book and that then becomes a call to all job seekers to, before anything, go inward and figure out who they are. To do that, tools emerge; one’s actually in the book but there are many that are out there, that for free, or a small fee, will help you figure out you. Some are about deciphering your passions, others are more interested your skills or personality. But, either approach yields that better understanding of you as your starting point.

Going outward is what some professionals do. They search out different jobs through job boards, or talking to friends, or through attending job fairs or other events where they can interact with others about potential roles where they might be a fit, or a combination of those things. They are out there talking, attending, networking, engaging with as many people as they possibly can.

It’s definitely interesting to note that people tend to go outward or inward based on their personality traits. You can see I bet that someone is more introverted would prefer to read the book, do the exercises, take the tests. And someone who likes to engage with others and is more extroverted would be reaching out to others through social media, attending events, and leveraging connections.

But the thing is, very often, at the end of a month, or two, or 14 or searching inwardly for the answer or outwardly for the answer, there’s this realization, for many, that I’m still where I was.

I don’t have a new job.

And I’m not all that much closer to figuring it out.

Now, this part coming up is really interesting.

At this point, many try the approach they hadn’t tried. So the introverts try to go out there and talk to people. And the extroverts give that whole going inward thing a shot.

But the thing is, very often, at the end of a month, or two, or 14 or searching inwardly for the answer or outwardly for the answer, there’s this realization, for many, that I’m still where I was.

I don’t have a new job.

And I’m not all that much closer to figuring it out.

So I think, maybe, we need something other than these two approaches because in my experience neither really works to find that dream job where you are truly happy, in an organization that gets you, surrounded by a team that truly matches you, doing work you really love.

And that’s what I’m working on. So if you could take 3 minutes today to help me out, I’d appreciate it. Here’s the link to use.

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