3 Career Cliches You Must Avoid

Published: November 12, 2012
By: Faye Hollands

Have you ever based a decision regarding a new job or career on salary, title or location?  Most people do, and that’s why they struggle to find long-term career satisfaction.  Don’t fall foul of these common cliches – make sure you’re addressing more than the usual deciding factors if you really want to love your career.  Here’s how…

It’s More Than The Obvious

Obviously there’s no point changing job or career if you hate the location, feel undervalued by the salary, or have compromised your level of experience and self-worth with a role that’s beneath you.  BUT (and it’s a big BUT) it’s critical that you don’t make these factors your only guiding light when it comes to deciding what’s next for your professional future.

Having been a recruiter in a past life these were the tick-boxes that most of the candidates I interviewed wanted to discuss when I called them about a new opportunity, so I would dutifully go through the selling points of a great package, corporate location or impressive job title to persuade them to find out more about the role I was looking to fill.  Unfortunately though, making the right career decision isn’t as simple as ticking those 3 boxes even though that’s what the majority tend to focus on.

As a result, what can happen is that you find yourself unhappy in your new job after the novelty of a big new salary or fancy job title have worn off and you find yourself back at square one again, unsatisfied in your career and needing to make a change.  Ending up at this point too often can have very damaging effects if you haven’t managed to stick the latest job out for very long!

So what else do you need to consider to help safeguard from this career pitfall? It’s simple – spend some time getting to know YOU.  When salary, location and job title are out of the picture, what REALLY motivates you to get out of bed in the morning and enjoy your job?  When you connect with your true motivators instead of the common factors you see listed at the top of a job advertisement, you’ll start to look at the whole job search and interview process differently.

So for example, perhaps it’s really important for you to feel challenged on a daily basis, and having autonomy and the opportunity to make decisions gives you a buzz.  Maybe security is really critical or you know that feeling appreciated is something you can’t do without.

Knowing what your key professional values are, and importantly, how to get them in your next job is paramount if you want to build a long-term career that you find truly satisfying.

As someone who has made some pretty poor decisions based on career cliches in the past, I speak from personal experience that knowing what your values are is critical to navigating a successful career.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

*

3 Responses to 3 Career Cliches You Must Avoid

  1. Good post today and I agree with you from personal experience. I had a vision to change my career from a Treasury job at a Fortune 100 company to become a Psychologist. I pursued a Ph.D. in clinical Psychology at 40 and have successfully followed my professional values into a new career, at a reduced salary along the way. I have a lot of satisfaction in my new career choice by following my passion to help people in my practice.

  2. Thanks so much for your comment John and congratulations for following your passions and professional values – it’s great to hear that you’ve found a career path you love and get a lot of satisfaction from.

  3. Thanx for posting this blog.Its very useful for us.
    It gives lots of information.

Top

Free Download

"How To Create A Career You Love"

Get the best career, productivity and small business coaching tips straight to your inbox every week, plus our eBook 'How To Create A Career You Love' (worth $37.00) free when you subscribe.


We respect your privacy. You can remove yourself from the mailing list at any time.
or skip signup