“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
~ Dr. Seuss
Recently, one of my clients asked: “So are there any specific questions you could give me that would help me think about what career I “should” pursue at this point? Before meeting you, I took some tests/assessments and so far, I am still confused.” I have been thinking about “Jed’s” question since he asked it. Listed below are 35 questions for you to consider if you are in the midst of a career transition:
What do you most like to do in the workplace?
With whom do you prefer to work?
Where do you prefer to live geographically?
What are your best skills?
What type of work interests you?
What have you always wanted to do workwise?
What, if any, additional training would you like to pursue?
Of the many skills you possess, which do you like the best and enjoy the most?
Describe your ideal job in detail.
Describe your ideal “boss.”
What are your salary expectations?
What is the going rate for your skillset (per three reliable resources).
What are your primary interests?
What values define you?
What needs some work as it relates to you and your brand?
How did you get from there to here in your career?
In the 7th grade, how did you answer this question: When I grow up, I want to be a ____________.
In high school, how did you answer this question: When I grow up, I want to be a ______________.
If you attended technical school/college/graduate school, how did you answer this question: When I grow up, I want to be a _________________.
And now, as an experienced worker, what is your response to this question: When I grow up, I want to be a _______________________.
Looking back, what, if anything, might you have done differently?
What choices are you struggling with/wresting with now?
If you could “start over” this very minute, what would you do?
What are the biggest concerns an employer will have about your current credentials?
What do you think you were built to do occupationally?
What’s in your DNA as it relates to the world of work?
How are you hardwired?
Who are your biggest fans and supporters right now?
What headline would you most like to see on your LinkedIn Profile?
What are you not interested in doing occupationally?
What are your three to five favorite skills of the hundreds of skills you possess?
Who does a job / occupation that is of interest to you and why?
What is your definition of “career success?”
What keywords would you choose to search for a job on Indeed.com?
If you could wave a magic wand and voilà, do the job of your dreams, what would you be doing and what job title would appear on your new business card?
If an employer asked you to submit a “tweet bio,” what would yours say?
If you attended a 250-person dinner party and presented a speech titled I Need Your Help Finding a New Opportunity as a (an) ___________________(job title) using these skills: 1. ____________ 2. ___________ 3.____________4.______________ 5.___________________ in the city/state of _______________________________ with an employer involved in the ___________________ industry, what would attendees hear from you?
Example: I Need Your Helping Finding a New Opportunity as an Outplacement Consultant using skills of 1. Career Counseling 2. Training 3. Resume Writing 4. Public Speaking and 5. Interview Coaching in Houston, Texas with an employer involved in the energy industry.
With crayons and paper, draw your ideal job and give your drawing a caption/job title. What, if anything, have you learned about yourself?