Job Search – What Is Your Passion?
What is your passion? One of the things that I emphasize to clients who talk to me about career development and job search, is the need to understand yourself and what you need to feel fulfilled. Lots of people look for roles, and indeed take on roles, that meet, not their own needs but what they think they should want. Top of the list of what they think they should want, of course, is usually money.
Now Let us not be naive – money is important to most of us. But to take a job that meets no other criteria, can be the first step on the road to disaster. For example, you are being paid really well, but all your life you have known you loathed the idea of being stuck behind a desk all day. They offered you this desk-bound job with lots of money attached. And now there you are stuck behind your desk and feeling frustrated every day; your morale is low and so, increasingly, is the quality of your work.
You need to understand what you want and what you don’t want from a job. Though, of course, at the end of day, there may have to be some compromises. You may have to take on something you didn’t really want just to keep a roof over the heads of yourself and your family, but understand what you have done and that will help you to manage the consequences.
It helps, as well, to understand what you really care about in job search when it comes to interviews. You may well be asked what you are passionate about – what really matters to you? This is a great question, if you are well prepared for it. Your answer doesn’t have to be work-related of course, but do make sure it is work compatible. Now, is not the time say that your passion is for something that is going to mean travelling to the other side of the world for weeks at a time, taking you away from your work.
Be honest. but think about what is going to present you in a reasonable light at your interview. And make sure that you can back up your statement with information about your past experience and future intentions. Do not declare a passion for something, really knowing very little about it. You might just be unfortunate enough to be interviewed by someone who shares your declared interest and and sees straight through your pretense.
But having and showing passion, and the energy associated, with it is attractive to a prospective employer. It makes you more interesting not just to them but to the world at large.
So, what is your passion? Need help finding it? Get in touch!
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link