Job seekers desire a good fit; employers want to hire the best fit.
One of the conversations I had with a client a few weeks ago was about how “no one told him” to stay in shape on the job. I asked him to say more. He shared how he had “let himself go” in many aspects of his life, how he had gotten too comfortable and how, in a few months, he will be losing his job due to budget cuts.
Here are some specific ways he indicated he had not stayed in shape on the job:
~~ he was overweight.
~~ he had not kept current with technology.
~~ he had not taken classes in years.
~~ he did not know that many people – all he did was work.
~~ he never really liked his job that much, though he stayed with it because it compensated him well.
As I listened to his story, I started thinking about each of the areas that he had mentioned:
Upon inquiring about any other areas he felt he had not stayed fit, he thought for a bit and then added:
For his “homework” exercise, his task focused on writing his thoughts, ideas and goals for each respective category stated above. Whether you are gainfully employed or presently unemployed, are you in good shape for that next opportunity?