A Job Search is a Life Search

How do you advise your child about a job search?

I've been thinking about this, and I advise that a job search is a life search?

You should encourage your child to ask the following questions:

1. Who is it that I want to be?

2. What kind of lifestyle do I desire?

3. What am I building for?

4. What job attributes are essential at this time?

Every job is a teacher. At a young age, you're well positioned to explore the job landscape, choosing one job after another and learning all you can from those jobs. Your goal should be to become an expert in areas that you're passionate about.  Essentially with each job you're building your repertoire of skill, thought, and experience--the gifts and contribution you will bring to your next job.

Also, consider lifestyle.  You will not be happy if you choose a job that's far different than who you are. If you love nature, you're not going to be happy in a small, closed office all the time.  If you're all about ideas, then a routine, follow-these-instructions job is not going to work.  If you're a social magnet, a job that's isolating will be suffocating.

So start at the end, imagine your "dream" self--the people, places, and objects in your ideal world.

Next, believe in yourself and know that your dreams are possible if you're willing to work for them.  Also acknowledge that you'll refine your dreams as you move along as some wishes will outweigh others, but if you're true to yourself you'll achieve what matters to you.

Then look for the first step.  If you have no idea what that first step is, I suggest just taking something and working as hard as you can at it.  You learn a lot about yourself through hard work, and you also reap connections and the start of a good resume through hard work.

A job search is a life search; it's one step in a long line of decisions and choices you'll make as you become the person you want to be.  I wish you well on your journey and I welcome your questions and thoughts.

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