For working moms the type of job you have is critical to having a successful and happy family. As promised on Friday, I will discuss how to start the process of finding a new gig. Nothing feels worse than being trapped in a job and what most people don’t realize is that they can often take key skills and parlay them into a new career.
Before you start to look for your next gig, it is important to know what your gifts/strengths are as you consider your next career move. There are several ways to determine this information. You can ask those closest to you, think back to what you enjoyed in your childhood/youth, look back at old performance reviews at your manager’s comments or take an online assessment. The good news is there are tons of FREE career assessment and aptitude tests on the World Wide Web. Here are a few:
The #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 BusinessWeek bestseller, StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath, is also a great tool to help you determine your strengths and what jobs/careers may be the best fit for you. I had the opportunity to take the StrengthsFinder assessment when I was a pharmaceutical sales rep and it was eye-opening.
All of these methods can give you some great insight into your strengths and gifts. When people operate within their gifts and strengths they tend to be more successful, and as a result, happier and more fulfilled. That translates to happier family because “If Mama ain’t happy…”
Stay tuned all week as we explore the job search process.
Until next time-
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: (I Peter 4:10, NIV)