Career Management and Universal Desires

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Aug 02

One of the most difficult things we do in career management is self-analysis. It is a paradox that we cannot name our strengths, weaknesses, or what our personal brand is to those around us.

We’re simply too close to ourselves to see ourselves objectively.

Consequently, I’m always on the lookout for a good checklist that will take us out of ourselves a bit to help define what we’re good at or what we want out of a position.

In “Finding Happiness at Work,” Kate Lorenz does research and finds a checklist that meets my simple criteria of easy to do and easy to apply. Simply put a “+” by those that apply to you, a “0” if they somewhat apply to you, and a “-” if they don’t apply to you.

My “+’s” were Curiosity, Independence, Social Contact, and Family.

Based upon this, I should go find work where I can use these desires.

We all can do that, of course. The cautionary tale for Cubicle Warriors is this one:

…it’s not just the work itself; ideally your value system should match that of the industry, the company and your boss, too. For example, Julie, who identified her highest desires as honor, social contact, eating, idealism and curiosity, loved her job as a sales associate for a major food manufacturer until she got a boss who routinely cut corners and urged her to lie to clients and superiors.

Ah, yes. The corporate reorganization. Sigh.