Conduct your job search by identifying where you want to work. Only five per cent of all jobs
filled are done so as a result of want ads in the newspaper. It is up to you to hunt for the
hidden treasure and find the unlisted positions that make up the other 95 per cent of the jobs
You’ve established what you love to do and what you do best. You’ve gotten past the idea of
rejection to get to the ‘yes.’ The next step is to identify businesses where you want to work
to get paid for doing what you want to do. Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring
energy, passion, and a positive attitude to the job every day. Also, imagine an environment in
which people are truly connected to their work, their colleagues, and their customers. Would
you rather work in a corporate or casual environment? Big or small company? Start up or well
established company? Next you may want to learn about flexibility, location, recognition, and
Search the Internet and the library for facts and information. Use your network to learn about
businesses. Make a list of businesses that do the type of work you want to do. Then, make a
list of everyone you know. Start meeting with people in your network and ask them to introduce
you to someone who works for a company that interests you. Another good resource might be to
call the company and talk with the person who answers the telephone.
I’m thinking of a client who felt a strong need to work in a field where she could help people.
Angie’s work as a financial planner did not satisfy that need even though she helped people plan
their finances. In addition, she volunteered helping people but she wanted her career to reflect
what she loved. Her needs were more philanthropic. She made a decision to change careers.
Through coaching, she was able to become very clear and focused, making her search more productive.
Using her networking contacts, she met with many nonprofit organizations and foundations, learning
about their missions and the nonprofit world as a whole. She narrowed down her choices of companies
and identified positions that involved helping people in a way that she enjoyed. She landed a paid
internship with a foundation, which became a full-time position after six months. She successfully
changed careers and feels much happier in her work.
Once you’ve identified the company where you want to work, continue using your network to meet the
right person in the company who can offer you a position. Perhaps there isn’t an opening right now.
Something may open up later. Or the company may create a new position for you. You don’t know until
you try. Since you’ve established a relationship with the company, they’ll think of you first when
Your hunt for the hidden treasure could result in working where you feel energy and passion. What
corporation or business would be the perfect place for you to work?
Carol Naff is a Professional Life Coach. For more information, call 303.337.4394 or email her at
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