Do you remember the last great book you couldn't put down? Or the last TV show you binged because at the end of every episode you needed to know what happened next?
It's a fun feeling when you get that curious and engaged with something. When you become so intrigued by the possibilities that you need to turn to the next page, or click to the next episode to find out more.
That same curiosity can serve you well as you search for the next direction in your career.
A lot of what keeps us stuck from moving forward is not knowing what's ahead. And it's in these moments when you need to take a chance on the new and unknown.
If you feel stuck, lost, overwhelmed, and not sure where to turn next, just start with where you're curious.
When I was at a point in my career when I felt stuck and knew I wanted to make a career change out of the entertainment industry, I started to look where I was curious- and that was teaching and coaching.
Of course I didn't know where to begin or where the story would end, so I started from the beginning. I researched what it took to become a teacher, I interviewed teachers and coaches about their careers, and I volunteered to teach and tutor kids. Every step I took was turning a new page, and led me to the next chapter.
So start by picking the "book" that intrigues you. It could be learning more about a particular company, or career field. Or knowing how to start a business. Or reaching out to friends or new contacts to find out more about their story, and hearing about what they do and how they got there.
From there, just keep turning to the next page. Follow where the story leads you. Ask your contacts for a referral, research the requirements for a particular career, seek out the next valuable resource that can provide more information.
You won't have all of the answers in one sitting, and it might be a slow build, but page by page you'll get closer to knowing the whole story.
If you know you're ready for change in your career, but you're not sure what the next step is, of course you're going to want to jump right to the end of the story. Just remember all you need to do is start at the first chapter.
Then turn the page.
In the current world we live in, we have more things right at our fingertips to make our life easier than ever before.
Everything from the way we shop, watch tv and movies, listen to music, digest the news, and stay connected with friends and family is so readily accessible now that it's become easy to get what we want, when we want it.
However, it doesn't quite work like that in our career paths. As great as it would be to instantly discover your ideal career and then land your dream job tomorrow, the reality is that getting to a place where we are living our career dreams takes time, effort, and lots of trial and error.
Unfortunately, because of our current culture of instant gratification, it's a lot easier to become impatient and discouraged when things don't happen on a quicker timeline than we'd like.
Impatience can lead to feeling "stuck," and when we get stuck or face an obstacle in our career, it can be tempting to look for the "quick fix." Following what may seem like the "easy way out" is often the wrong decision in the long term, and can even set you back further in your career.
Are you feeling impatient in your career? Here are a few reasons it might be holding you back:
If you're feeling stuck and directionless in your career at the moment, you may be telling yourself these kinds of messages:
"I have no idea what my next job should be"
"I know what my ideal career is, but don't know how to get there"
"I'm not sure how to choose which job I should pursue"
"I don't know who I should reach out to for advice"
"I'm ready for change, but it feels so daunting to make it happen"
It's normal to feel overwhelmed when you're stuck, but there is a way out!
Check out this week's Career Chat this week as I discuss the first step to take to get past feeling "Stuck" so you can feel motivated and excited to move to the next level in your career!
How often does it happen when you’re on the job hunt, looking for a recommendation, or asking for a referral that you feel like you’re reaching out to your professional contacts and “fans,” sending multiple emails, texts, and follow-ups only to receive minimal, if any, response?
This is a common frustration, but scientific research may explain why digital silence is normal, and how you can be incredibly more effective in getting positive responses to your requests simply by asking someone face-to-face.
According to a new study, face-to-face requests are 34 times more likely to be successful than text or email requests. Asking a request of 6 people in person is the equivalent of making the same request to 200 people via email.
The study states that most people still believe that an email request will be as effective as an in-person ask because their intention is just as genuine in each instance, but when making the request people don’t take into account the feelings or reactions of the recipient, who might call into question the authenticity of the individual or the request.
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