Let’s face it – in a constantly evolving employment world, being an adaptable worker is a resume must-have. But change is hard, especially for those who are behaviorally inclined to resist it, and a career transition, the mother of all changes, can seem near impossible. As a behavioral specialist and lead recruiter, I see unhappy employees and jaded job seekers stuck in this “no man’s land” everyday. They all repeat the same tired lines – “there are no good jobs out there,” “I don’t know what else to do,” and my personal favorite, “It’s the economy.” What these people fail to realize is you can’t make a major career move without a structured plan in place and a clear destination in mind along with the support to get you there.
Most people underestimate the power of understanding how their brain is wired before diving into the job-seeking world. Let me let you in on a secret – your brain doesn’t like change, especially, if you are a compliant, analytical, detail-oriented individual who thrives in structured environments. You may need guidance to help you get through it. People who exhibit these behaviors are usually in accounting, finance, banking, information technology, engineering, operations or the military, just to name a few. My point? If you’re a job seeker who’s not having any luck or a working Joe who can’t stand his current gig, your career stasis may be a product of your behavioral style – more accurately, a lack of understanding of your unique self.
The first step to changing your career for the better is admitting that you need to do different and seek help. Heck, even the Olympians rely on coaches, mentors and fellow athletes to achieve the gold. It may seem like a hyperbolic comparison, but even the seemingly simple task of landing a great position requires a support system, a task that you’ll find is not so simple after all. In fact, you need to change your fundamental thoughts in order to reach your gold, a sustainable career.
Doing different and seeking help requires a growth mindset. People with growth mindsets understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through personal effort, coaching, and persistence. They learn to welcome change regardless of its source, possess a readiness to grow, and measure the journey toward improvement. A fixed mindset, on the other hand, is someone who believes that his or her basic abilities and intellect are simply fixed traits. They have a hard time accepting change, tend to prove and validate their own decisions and don’t take constructive criticism well. Because the business world demands fast-paced individuals, employers are actively seeking candidates who exhibit a growth mindset.
There’s a place for everyone in the employment world. Have you found yours?
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