If your career is in flux, you should ask yourself whether you want to transition or transform. Your answer may impact how far you will take your career.
Transitory; short-lived or temporary change.
Enduring; unlikely to be reversed. (i.e. a butterfly can never go back to being a caterpillar).
|CHANGE OF ROLE|
A process that should result in a change of role or position.
|CHANGE OF MINDSET
Open to exploring possibilities.
|KNOWLEDGE OF PROCESS|
Requires step-by-step knowledge of the conventional job-hunting process (i.e. job boards, social media, how to do a resume, etc)
|KNOWLEDGE OF SELF
Requires knowledge and participation in a self discovery process.
Intellectual. Often centred on intellectual logic based inquiry; less focused on desires and wants.
Requires connecting head to heart; merging abilities with passions.
Goal is to get work and go to market NOW. Immediate, reactive; need to pay the bills. Rush to apply for all jobs. Sometimes driven by panic or fear. Run to something familiar.
Go to market when ready, apply for jobs after a self-discovery & branding process. Want to take control and become the CEO of your career. You want to land a fulfilling opportunity & realize potential. Requires connecting paycheque to your purpose.
|WHAT CAN YOU DO? SKILLS FOCUS|
Requires knowledge of what you CAN do. Marketing yourself to who needs your skills. Focus is on being able to do the job; “What’s in it for me?”
|WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? VALUES FOCUS
Requires knowledge of your unique value & what separates you from peers. “What provides the most value for everyone?”
|SPRAY & PRAY|
A numbers game, not selective; spray resume randomly far and wide. Desperation.
Job search is selective with more due diligence & research. Which employers will value what you bring? Who will align with your values?
Change again later? More attention on getting ahead vs mutual value; may suppress sustainable advancement. Short term gain for long term pain.
|LAND HAPPIER… & HIGHER
More attention on how to leverage your value; actually accelerates advancement. You get out what you put in; deceptively difficult. Short term pain for long term gain.
A butterfly never reverts back to being a caterpillar. When you transform, there's no going back.
Are you ready to take the chance? You're worth it!
Jackie Rafter, President
Editor's Note: If you or someone you know has reached a fork in the road in their career, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.