Focusing Only on the Money Won’t Get You a Job

I see it over and over again – job seekers feeling confused and frustrated that they can’t find a job because they are only focusing on the money they will make.  While pay and benefits are important, they are not the only factors to consider when searching for a job.  You have to think about the sacrifices you will have to make, not to mention the workload and stress, that come along with high-paying jobs.  If your values and lifestyle do not mesh or you are not willing to do the work that is necessary then you will need to re-focus on finding a position that will fit and the look to see how you can set goals for how you will get there.

I once talked to a young man who is 29 years old and had worked his way up to the manager of a major, large retail chain.  He was preparing to interview for a district manager position and I have no doubt that he got the position.  In realizing his success, this young man was very focused on his career path and had taken the steps necessary to get where he was.   He reported that he had set career goals for himself at a very young age, 18, when he started working for the company and wanted to progress every two years; he would move into the “next step” and learn all he could so he was prepared for the next position.  While income was important to this young man, he felt that the learning and self-development opportunities were invaluable and motivating, as well as the ability to develop his employees to also move into management positions.

I think a good lesson can be learned from this story.   If you focus on your reasons for wanting to pursue your career path, aligning with your values, and setting clear goals for yourself can get you to the right job opportunity that can make you happy.  It will give you the purpose and the passion to work hard.  In time, the money will come!

Are You Short-Changing Yourself in Your Job Search?

I see it time and time again.  Job seekers who short-change themselves on their skills and talents that prevents them from being successful in their job search.   These individuals only know what they know; they only see themselves in the job role they left; other times they don’t really feel that they have any real knowledge or skills that would be valuable to an employer.  This small-minded thinking keeps them small  in their job search, leaving them feeling lost and frustrated that they are not getting any results.

What leads to this mental block?  Several factors could be in play, such as low self-esteem, inability to see “the big picture” or not wanting to boast or brag.  How can you tell if you are short-changing yourself in your job search? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you have difficulty listing your skills, values, or past accomplishments?
  • Is it difficult for you to link your past job experiences with a current job path?
  • Do you leave out certain skill sets or talents when asked to, either because they seem too minor to too large?
  • Can you not visualize yourself in a job or career path?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you have just shot down any chance you having of finding a job.  You must be able to answer these questions to know exactly what benefit you will bring to any employer and help you become more focused in your job search.   It is imperative that you have a very clear picture of what skills and talents you possess and then be able to convey them, both in writing and through networking, so that you create interest and desire by potential employers.  Taking the time to answer them will help you become clearer and confident and streamline your job-search efforts.