Monday, August 22, 2011

Once You Narrow Down Career Options

We have been talking about exploring personal traits as one way to begin choosing a career. One you begin to reach a decision, what then? Kathleen Schaefer offers that success lies not in looking outside for the perfect job, rather it is beginning the process with you and what you want to create so that when a good match shows up it is a mutual process of discovery and development of a work situation that suits everyone's needs. She lists seven areas of effort:

1. Identify your talents and skills.
2. Know what you are passionate about.
3. Determine what change you want to create.
4. Be able to describe what you are about in 30 seconds or less.
5. Communicate who you are to everyone you meet.
6. Find a way to do what you love, sooner than later.
7. Network with others.

Read more of Kathleen’s writing on this matter at

Monday, August 15, 2011

Target High Achievement

High achievement is something that many people desire, but only a few ever arrive. Similar to a race, most people get very enthusiastic at the start, but dwindle in the middle or towards the end - and therefore do not achieve the goals they have set for themselves. If you are bent on your personal and career development, achievement should be on your agenda.

What sets high achievers apart from the rest of the crowd? Cee J. Fuerte has observed a list of primary ingredients that are always part of the High Achiever's character:

1. A High Achiever Does Not Make Excuses
2. A High Achiever Learns from Mistakes and Failures
3. A High Achiever Believes in Himself
4. A High Achiever Makes Plans and Acts on Them

Read more of Cee J.’s thoughts on this topic at

Monday, August 8, 2011

No-Cost Career Tests

As you seek a direction in life, it is good to understand your particular desires, talents, and personality. Career tests can help you explore these personal traits and then suggest paths you might follow. Though one-on-one career counseling from a specialist may be important, one can begin by using no-cost tests. These provide an early start to the testing phase of a career counseling process. Take advantage of them as you discover the path that is right for you.

I have written more on this topic, to include a summary of specific tests and how to reach them. See this article: