Have you ever bought a new outfit, or suit, or piece of clothing, and it just doesn't fit right?
The arms are too long, it's too loose or too tight in areas, and it just doesn't feel very comfortable?
Why did you decide to buy that outfit? Was it cheap, or convenient? Maybe you just needed something for a particular occasion, or maybe it looked better on the rack than it does when you put it on.
If you really cared about finding the right suit or clothing, you might have spent a little more time, effort and money to make sure you found exactly what you were excited about. You'd get your exact measurements taken, spend a little more money, try it on for size, and check out a few options to choose from.
And when you FINALLY find that right fit, that perfect shirt, shoes, dress or suit, you feel incredibly confident and comfortable. It's an outfit you want to wear on a regular basis. You can't wait to put it on, show it off, and wear it until it's worn out and you need a new one.
In your career, when you're feeling stuck and are ready for a new direction or change, the same principle applies.
To find a career that makes you feel fulfilled, confident, comfortable, and happy, you have to look beyond just getting any job, you have to find the right fit.
Finding any job, like buying any outfit off the rack, is easy. Finding a carer or a job that's the right fit for you takes effort.
Just like knowing your exact measurements, the color, style, shape and design you want will help you find your ideal outfit, knowing the qualities of your ideal work environment - your interests, your strengths, and your values - will help you identify your ideal career fit.
Take the time to reflect and think about what you really want from your ideal job. What's your best day look like, what's the office look like (if you want to work in one), how big or small is the company, how long is your commute, what are your co-workers like?
When you're stuck it can be easy to identify what you don't like in a job, and what isn't a good fit, just like knowing you won't buy or wear that ugly tshirt that's on the store mannequin. But when you know what will be the right fit, you'll have the courage, energy and motivation to seek it out.
You still might need a bit of "tailoring" here and there to make it fit just right, but when you do find that job or career path that feels like the perfect fit, you'll feel confident, comfortable, and excited to "put it on" every day ... until you're ready for the next one!
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