Career Conversions. Life Changing Career Choices

How To Find A Really Great Job Fit


Are you engaged in or contemplating a career change? Maybe you are thinking about a new job, a promotion, or a whole new career?

If you are, I encourage you to explore who YOU are first.  Have you ever heard of “Career Reconnaissance”? The word “reconnaissance” comes from the French word – Recognize- which means to explore, investigate, examine. The term Career Reconnaissance means to explore and examine new career opportunities.

In terms of a job search, a Career Reconnaissance is an in-depth process of discovering who you are in terms of your values, passions, and how you are perceived. Inventorying things that really matter to you both personally and professionally so that you end up with a really great job fit for you and become a career conqueror.

Let me try to make this clearer. I had a client who came to me because she was so unhappy with her job after 17 years. She did not feel respected or valued. She felt like she was being held back in her career and stuck. She wanted a new job. As we went through the Career Reconnaissance process, she discovered it wasn’t a new job she wanted at all. She discovered that she wanted to do what she had been doing for the last 17 years on her own! She now has a non-profit organization that is on a continual upward path, she has confidence, dignity, and the passion is back. The point is, she may have found herself in another passionless position and potentially in the job search mode within another couple of years.

There is a great article I found in the Harvard Business Review. “ Everyone knows a story about a smart and talented businessperson who has lost his or her passion for work, who no longer looks forward to going to the office yet remains stuck without a visible way out. Most everyone knows a story, too, about a person who ditched a 20-year career to pursue something completely different—the lawyer who gave it all up to become a writer or the auditor who quit her accounting firm to start her own toy company—and is the happier for it.”

Questions like, “Am I doing what is right for me, or should I change direction?” is one of the most pressing questions in the mid-career professional’s mind today.” You see- time and time again people THINK they are taking the “really great job fit” for them in the next position, only to find out that what they really did, was “run away” to the same thing they had before. They did not take the time to explore who they are and what they really want prior to making the next move.

Why Does It Matter? It matters because you spend so much time at work. If you are not happy with the work you are doing, that unhappiness trickles into your personal lives including the relationships you have outside of work. I have seen, first hand, how the effects of that unhappiness can make a person sick or destroy families. As a career coach, I have made it my mission in life to help people find positions or advance in their careers doing work they love so they can achieve their professional and personal goals.

If you don’t go through this exploration process and totally assess what matters to you, you will end up like countless others who sincerely believed “this is it”, “there are no other options” and end up staying stuck in a unhappy career and unhappy, healthy lives.

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Trish Dervin, Career Management Coach

Career Conversions, LLC  636-778-9090 [email protected]


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