Mindset first, then job skills

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Apr 26

Job skills are central to getting the first phone interview from your resume. People naturally assume that job skills are where one starts when considering a job. Job skills are important, of course, but I’d suggest a different starting point: your mindset.

Mindset is important. You see, I have some very good job skills. So do you. But your very good job skills can directly lead to the “curse of competency” where you are very good at what you do — and hate what you do. But, you know, it’s a job and you are very good at it. And the more you do what you are good at, the better your skills. And the more you hate it.

That is why mindset is so important.

We leave what we hate without knowing what work engages us

Why do most people leave their jobs? I’d contend it is because they hate their boss, they hate their coworkers, something the company did is something one hates. Most people leave their job because of the pain. That makes sense. No one likes living with pain.

But the truth of the matter is we then take any job to get away from the pain. Any job will do. Then what happens is we land in the same type of job that, underneath it all, we never really liked in the first place.

We didn’t pay attention to what we liked: getting our mind to work towards what we like to do, not just what we do.

Our inner being and our outer success relate

How we think of ourselves to our jobs is directly related to our success on the job. If we think we hate our work, we won’t succeed in the work. If we think we are no good at trying something new, we won’t do as well doing something new.

Mindset is an important precursor to finding success in the next job.

Mindset helps you find the right job for you

This isn’t about denying your soul for a job, nor is this about pushing how you feel about your work away. Instead, it is about thinking about what you like doing at work. The activities that help you engage in the work regardless of the job. Understanding when something is toxic about work that needs changing and understanding yourself well enough to know the toxicity to avoid it while knowing what drives you to engage in the work and succeed.

Inside out means something when it comes to finding the right work.

Unless you figure out your mindset and know what engages you in the work, your job skills will successfully help you get job after job after job — that you hate.

What kind of work engages you and what is the gap for the work you are doing now?

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.