By Julie Barnes
Do you find yourself looking around at your friends with the perfect career? You know the ones… they’re always talking about what exciting project they’re working on or how much their career fulfills them.
Whether you’ve been out of the traditional work force for a while or you’re finding what used to be an exciting 9-to-5 position, has left you feeling a little ho-hum, you too can find a rewarding career with these three tips.
Tip 1: You’re a natural at that
Often times we discount the talents that come easily to us because we tend to associate success with hard work and struggle never thinking of using our natural talents in our careers.
For example… Have you found yourself crunching numbers all day with dread, but bloom like a flower with joy at the mere thought of organizing your office or closet? Are your friends calling you for organizing tips?
When you start doing what comes natural to you… you’ll begin to see a whole new joy for life.
Tip 2: Don’t forget those skills
People tend to discount or forget all together the skills they’ve learned because they worked as a volunteer or for free, but never discount anything you’ve done in life, because it may lead you to a that rewarding career you’ve been dreaming about!
For example… Does this sound like you?
You’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the last five years, how can you possibly land a dream position as a social media community manager, when most of the social media platforms didn’t even exist while you were in your last position.
But what if you’ve been the Director of Social Media for your kids baseball team for the last three years. You’ve Twittered, Facebooked, and blogged in your position. Could this be a current skill that you could utilize for your dream position?
Start making a list of where you’ve volunteered, the committees you ran, or the boards you were a member of and then write down the skills you learned and used.
Tip 3: Look for the gifts in your life
Have you experienced a heartbreak or loss like a divorce, death of a loved one or a personal tragedy? Often after experiencing a devastating blow in life, it can be easy to fall into feeling like a victim. But if you take some time to really look at the lessons learned from these events, you’ll begin to see the “gifts” appear.
For example… If you lost a loved one to heart disease, what did you learn that you could share with others? Maybe you’ve always wanted to be a fitness trainer and watching someone fight heart disease was the “gift” you needed to help others with their health.
Using your gifts can also be a powerful way to give back and make a difference in your community.
So stop dreaming and put these tips into action to find a rewarding career for you!
About the Author
Julie Barnes is a certified life and career coach, founder of ClaimYourShine.com and the creator of the program Finding YOUR Phoenix. After experiencing a devastating tragedy, Julie found the gifts and now empowers women to create their own next chapter. You can get Julie’s FREE 7 day video series “Get Happy, Healthy & Empowered” HERE.
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