As a youngster, I had a fear of joining any of our armed services. Now, as an adult and throughout my career, I realize what a big mistake that was. I have had the pleasure of working with and for many armed services veterans, some who have gone on to run their own companies. Many of my close friends are also veterans; I had the concern and eventual elation of seeing one them deploy to Iraq and return home safely. After helping various veterans return to the work force, I’d like to share some observations for this special group.
We all have different motivations when we believe it’s time to look for another job. Whether it’s the pay, the boss, the job itself, or the feeling that the motivation is just gone that you need to do something else, there comes a day in just about everyone’s life that they believe they can do better elsewhere.
Here’s what I see as the three chief job search motivations, and what you must consider if you’re in such a situation:
You want to escape from your current hellhole of a job, company or both.
If you were to ask a friend “What is it like to work there?” the answer to your question would describe the organization’s culture, or the composite environment created by its promotion of what it calls its “core values.” You would have also found those values on the organization’s website, or printed on framed posters on the walls. You may want to ask him/her if there is a big difference between what the website and posters say. If there is, it probably means that the organization is painting a rosy picture to attract job seekers, or it’s naively fooling itself into believing its own propaganda, and has no means of determining what it really is (In either case, don’t work there. Your friend will probably discourage you from joining too).
Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Maybe you could consider a make-over! I’m not suggesting a superficial temporary hair color, new wardrobe or another accessory. No. The make-over I am suggesting is the life altering, personal kind. The five elements I want to touch on are: professional, spiritual, physical, mental and emotional. I’m going to provide one element in each of my subsequent posts … keep coming back!
Do you need a Professional makeover?
You will need four to six professional references ready to talk about you when you apply for a job. Since they’re critical to your search, be prepared help them help you by following these 10 guidelines.
The reason why talent seekers (or at least the good ones) spend a fair amount of energy and money attempting to determine a candidate’s fundamental personality is because they understand certain personalities fit specific roles better than others. Many of them will use psychometric questionnaires to determine your personality. What they mean by “fit” is that fulfilling the accountabilities of the job requires the person to behave in a certain way. They know that if an individual can behave naturally, or at the reflex level, while performing the job, he/she will perform better. The word “personality” is often substituted with the term “motivational profile”.