You already know how to build a resume. You already know how to write a cover letter. You’ve already contacted your references and let them know that you’re conducting a job search.

But do you know where you’re going?

There’s no doubt that we live in a hustle-and-bustle age of almost endless activity. Of course, with the advent of the Age of Technology, conventional wisdom held that people would be able to work six-hour days and take six weeks of vacation. Conventional wisdom, of course, was wrong.  (Ever notice how often that’s the case?)

People in this country are working harder and longer, on average, than they ever have. So . . . when do they have time to think about their career, really think about it, to the point where they’ve formulated all of their long-range goals and objectives and set up a plan of attack for reaching them?

With as busy as everybody is these days, it’s easy to become a victim of “career paralysis.” What does this mean? It means that for any number of reasons, you find yourself stuck where you’re at even though you aspire for bigger and better things. Some of the major reasons you may be afflicted with career paralysis include the following:

  • Your current job leaves you with no extra time to think about a job search, let alone actually conduct one.
  • A lack of knowledge (i.e., you don’t know where to look for the job you’re trying to find.)
  • You actually are fearful of change and are content with the “devil you know” as opposed to the “devil you don’t know.”

In fact, you might be suffering from a combination of these symptoms, as opposed to just one. If you do have a case of “career paralysis,” whether or not you can break yourself free of its grip comes down to just one thing: desire. How badly do you want to leave your current position and take charge of your career? How motivated are you to get back into the driver’s seat and make things happen?

Of course, it’s also possible that you’re completely happy with where you are and you believe that you’re 100% on course with your career goals and objectives. If that’s the case, then congratulations, because studies show that you are in the minority as compared to the rest of the U.S. workforce.

Moving from “career paralysis” to “career analysis” requires a simple shift in your mindset. That shift involves focusing less on the day-to-day grind of your current job and more on your career overall. You might say it’s more of a “big picture mentality.” And the chief way in which to achieve that mentality is to ask yourself a series of questions:

  • Where do you envision yourself at the end of your career?
  • Can you trace a line from where you are now to where you want to be?
  • If not, where do you need to be now to get where you want to be in the future?
  • What can you start doing on a daily basis to help position yourself for career success?

Keep in mind that you can’t get from point A to point Z in a day. Career planning and execution take time. The key is to always be moving forward. Only when you’re in motion can you ensure that you won’t inadvertently be afflicted with career paralysis.

Knowing how to build a quality resume is one thing, but knowing how to use that resume to help you achieve your long-term career goals is quite another.

Contact The Doepker Group today to find out how we can help your organization!

By | 2023-01-09T20:32:20+00:00 February 1st, 2023|Hiring, Professional Placement Services|0 Comments

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