What career would you choose if you knew you couldn’t fail? Do you really know your purpose in life?
“Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career,
however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.”
– Max Ehrmann, Desiderata
This site is about how to CHOOSE and BUILD a meaningful and fulfilling career – the career you were meant to have. Here you’ll discover how and why people really choose their life’s work and how they achieve true joy for themselves and others.
This site was created for all those who are either out of work, changing careers (like those leaving the US Military), are stuck in a job they hate, or are just starting out in the world of work and trying to find their true career.
If you’re like most people, you have what I call a JOB (Just-Over-Broke). Here you’re just trading time for money – just to make it through the month, and doing the same thing next month.
What are the consequences of not having a career?
Without a career you’ll most certainly experience:
- Failure to develop all your talents
- Reduced total income over your lifetime
- Reduced retirement assets
- Reduced ability to contribute to others
- Failure to achieve your true potential
- Reduced opportunities for family members
- Greater chance of being a “burden” on your family
- Constant worry about not having enough; running out of money before you die
How much longer will you continue your insane behavior; doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result? There has to be a better way! Well there is and it’s time for a change – this is I wrote this book. I can help you find the career you were meant to have!
One of my clients said it best when he wrote,
“Thanks to Ed, I learned the secrets of running a successful job search and in only two weeks I found my career position. I actually had two offers from which to choose and was able to leverage that situation into a 10% raise plus a bonus, all before I ever worked a day. Thanks doesn’t seem enough.”
– William S., San Diego, CA
I bring over 21 years of experience as an Executive Coach, helping hundreds of people, from recent college graduates to CEO’s, find meaningful employment. I worked for four of the largest consulting, outplacement and e-cruiting companies in America in Seattle, San Diego, and Kansas City. It was here that I learned how help my clients find their TRUE Careers – the career they were meant to have.
This site also explains how to BUILD the career you already have. It was written for those who already have a career field they enjoy, but are struggling trying to build a more meaningful and fulfilling career.
Most people wander through life, going from one job to another, just trading time for money. Worse yet, most people either hate their job, see no future potential for themselves, or are complacent about their career. It does not have to be that way. If this is you, then this site can help you!
Unfortunately, most of us learn this by trial and error, or by just letting fate answer the question. And, some of us never find the answer.
I know it’s possible to experience joy in your work, because I have found it. I learned the SECRETS to finding and building your TRUE career; the career you were meant to have, the one that matters, makes a difference for others, and makes you feel needed, fulfilled, and alive.
This is why I created this site: to help more people than I had been, coaching one person at a time, to BUILD the career they were meant to have.
“You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.”
-Mark Victor Hansen
What’s a Job?
- Job stands for Just-Over-Broke
- Trading time for money
- What you do when you just need money
- What entry level employees do
“A career is what you paid for – while your calling
is what you were meant for.”
– Steve Harvey
What’s a Career?
- A chosen pursuit; a profession or occupation
- The general progression of your working life or your professional achievements
- Usually pertains to remunerative (paid) work
Having a career doesn’t mean you’re locked into the same industry, company, or function for your entire working life.
What’s a Transferable Skill?
Transferable Skills are an ability to do something well, usually gained through training and/or experience, and are the functions you can perform in any industry, at any place, any time.
Transferable Skills are your assets that help you transition into a new role. They ensure your professional resilience and longevity of your career. They allow you to explore other dimensions in your career and to acquire added skills and expertise.
While highly specialized skills may be essential to building your personal competitive advantage, and ensuring success in a role or organization, it’s your transferable skills that ensure you don’t become obsolete or non-essential over the long term. You have transferable skills that you acquired throughout your lifetime via formal education and training, personal study, social activities, professional activities, and life in general.
While the list of transferable skills is huge, they can be consolidated into these categories:
- People Skills:Skills that allow you to positively relate to, communicate with, influence, and inspire others like delegating, coaching, listening, presenting, collaborating, and achieving consensus.
- Analytical Skills:The intellectual skills that enable you to identify and analyze problems and to find creative, innovative, and feasible solutions like researching, data gathering, data analysis, creativity, and risk analysis.
- Technical Skills:The hands-on skills like computer proficiency, the ability to work with specific software, hardware, the ability to build or repair equipment, C++ programming, HTML coding, SQL knowledge, and Adobe suite proficiency.
- Organizational Skills:The skills that allow you to sort data, plan, arrange projects or resources, maintain accurate, effective, and user-friendly records, coordinate multiple resources or tasks, prioritize, time management, task management, resource management, and coordination, training.
- Inter-Personal Skills:The skills that deal with workplace character like integrity, dependability, morale courage, good judgment, and treating everyone with dignity, respect, and kindness.
Who should have a career?
Everyone! If you’re over 18 and not in high school, you need a career plan.
Do Spouses need a career?
- Absolutely! Something could happen to their other half
- Volunteer work counts
- It’s your transferrable skills and achievements that matter
- Can you read one book per month?
- Can you learn from the library or internet?
How do careers get interrupted?
Here are just a few:
- Laid-off, down-sized, right-sized, capsized
- Industry disappears (new technology)
- Buy-outs and Mergers
- New Leadership
- Divorce, death, poor health, illness, accident, etc.
- Spousal relocation
In tough times, employers must lay-off. They have little choice if they want to maintain positive cash flow.
When’s the Best Time to look for a Better Opportunity?
- When your industry tanks?
- When your company is bought-out/merged?
- When your company has new Leadership?
- When you have a new Leader?
- When they start laying people off?
Actually, none of the above – because it’s too late!
The best time to look for a better opportunity is when you’re employed!
What are the Benefits of having a career?
- Become absolutely essential to any organization
- Happiness, self-esteem, and prosperity
- Personal fulfillment, making a difference
- Work and life balance
- Goal achievement and financial stability
- Peace of mind concerning your career
- Never having to worry about being a burden on your family
- Better live a blessed life, exercising stewardship over your time and choices
Why don’t you have a career already?
Some excuses I’ve heard in the past are:
- I didn’t know I needed one
- I thought college was good enough
- I have no time to do anything else
- My Leader will take care of me if I do good work
None of these excuses are valid, nor will they help your career.
Where’s your career right now?
- Can you earn greater income for better performance?
- Are you well compensated for your worth?
- Do you get to live wherever you choose?
- Is your work challenging and satisfying?
- Do you have better future opportunities?
- Are you in the right social environment?
- Do you have good job security?
- Is your work balanced with your lifestyle?
You should have answered Yes to all these questions, if you;
- Had a career
- Had a career plan
- Had goals to improve yourself
How stable is your career right now?
- Is my career growing or declining?
- Will my job always be needed?
- Could my job be done by a machine?
- Is this a new or old industry?
- Is there major competition?
- Will my skills work in another industry?
- What technology does my career use?
- Could my career field be outdated soon?
Who’s holding a meeting today about moving your career forward?
- Your Leader?
- The President of your company?
- Your Director of Human Resources?
- Your Spouse?
Answer: No one! Unless you do it yourself!
Are you Underemployed (in 2017)?
The underemployed are those who:
- Have a combined family income less than $40,000?
- Must work two (or more) jobs to provide for your family?
- Work more than 60 hours per week just to survive?
- Have a college education, but earn less than $50,000?
If this includes you, then, congratulations! You’re underemployed! Still think you don’t need a career?
How soon will you get promoted?
- Is your company doing well?
- Do you get choice assignments?
- Are you popular?
- Is your input asked for?
- Do you have the right skills?
- Are you golden with the grapevine (rumor mill)?
- Have you groomed a successor?
- When is it time for me to move on?
- Have you stopped learning?
- Have you gone about as high as you’re going to go?
- Has your status slipped?
- Is your company faltering?
- Are big company changes on the horizon?
- Are you out of the loop?
- Do you dread going to work?
- Is your salary stagnating?
Why is Education and Training so important?
After high-school or college, many people have a negative attitude towards further education and training. The truth is that education and training have little to do with a degree, title, or a piece of paper. Rather, it has everything to do with who you become, who you meet and what skills you develop along the way. The journey is always more important than the destination.
It’s all about the process; who you become on the inside as a result of the journey. The character you’ve developed along the way makes a big difference to business owners. Education and training stretche you to become better. You must produce a result to pass. You’ve been tested and found worthy.
What’s your Expected Lifetime Earnings?
According to a 2011 Georgetown University study, here are the expected lifetime earning based on education levels:
Education Level: ($) Lifetime Earnings:
- High School Dropout: $973,000
- High School Diploma: $1.3 Million
- Some College: $1.5 Million
- Associates Degree: $1.7 Million
- Bachelor’s Degree: $2.3 Million
- Master’s Degree: $2.7 Million
- Doctorate Degree: $3.3 Million
- Professional Degree: $3.6 Million
Doesn’t your experience count for anything?
Absolutely! However, you’ll need a lot of it – five years or more. Experience can sometimes substitute for education, depending on the employer. You can still get hired, but it’s just a lot more difficult. This is the reality of today’s job market.
Why do Employers hire College Graduates?
If you ran a company and were looking for the best and the brightest people, which group of people would you hire from first?
Group 1: Those tested and found worthy? (College graduates)
Group 2: Those tested and found wanting? (Never finished)
Group 3: Those untested? (No college at all)
If you didn’t hire from Group 1 first, then you’re not in business to make a profit. If you’re in Groups 2 or 3, you’ll need the influence of your network to meet business owners (or hiring manager) and convince them you can be counted on to produce a result to standard.
In my view, here’s the bottom-line on education:
30-years old without a Bachelor’s Degree
or 40-years old without a Master’s Degree –
YOU HAVE CAREER CANCER!
Why you ask? Lacking a college education won’t hurt you now, but it will after you turn fifty. You may have risen through the ranks as a superstar because of your reputation. But after you turn fifty, all those who knew your reputation have either moved, retired, or died. Now your reputation is gone, and you have nothing to show for it because you’ve failed to improve yourself.
I can’t tell you the number of clients I’ve worked with who had their careers end in their fifty’s, including many family members. They all had the same problem; they didn’t improve themselves in each of the components of their career. They just assumed that what they had was good enough and they were wrong.
They didn’t improve their career be enhancing their knowledge, skills, experience, achievements, character, and balance. They were complacent. And, some let career ending, distractions cause them to become non-competitive in the job market. They made some invalid assumptions along the way that caused their career to disconnect in their later years.
When this happens, you will have no choice but to take whatever job, at whatever pay, you are lucky enough to find. And, you will be thankful for that. You will have little choice but to perform manual labor just to pay the bills and keep from being homeless; not a desirable situation. Idleness and depression will dominate your life. This is not the situation you want to find yourself. And, with a little planning, once a year, you can avoid it.
What are the components of a Good Career?
A good model of your career assets is called the Road to Career Success. Let’s take a brief look at each component and its definition.
- Knowledge:What knowledge do you have? Have you been tested and found worthy? What’s your educational level, certification, license, special training?
- Skills:What can you do with your knowledge? What’re your transferrable skills? What can you do (or have you done) to help achieve your goals?
- Experience:What different environments (locations, industries, sectors, level, functional areas, size of company, Fortune 1000 companies, etc.) have you been in and how long were you there?
- Achievement:How well did you (or your team) perform? What did you accomplish (Results)? What got better because you were there? How did it improve your Leader’s goals?
- Character:How do you treat others? True character is right behavior; what you say and do when no one’s around including traits like Adaptable, Dependable, Integrity, Judgment, Loyalty, Moral Courage, Positive Attitude, Drive, and Respect.
- Balance:How balanced is your life overall? Is there anything in your life that is out of balance that could become a distraction to your career later? If you’re out of balance, this could be a liability.
This is what you’re selling – your assets. Your job during your career is to increase the perceived value of your assets. This is what produces results for the employer lucky enough to have you on their team.
What’s included in a Good Career Plan?
A good career plan should answer these questions:
- Where is my career right now?
- Where do I want to be in the future?
- What’s my Plan of Action (POA) to get there?
- What’re my short term and long-term goals?
- What am I currently working on to add to my resume?
What happens to those who don’t have a career?
Having a JOB or being underemployed is just trading time for money. This is what happened to those who, in their later years, need their Social Security check just to survive. This is what happened to some of the homeless people living on the streets. They focused on just finding a job for 20-30 years, instead of building a career for themselves. They thought they’d be with the same company forever This is not where you want to find yourself in your fifties.
Do you really need more convincing?
To be continued: If you’d like to learn more about enhancing your career, you can do so by adding these books to your professional library, today!
CHOOSING A CAREER THAT MATTERS:
Executive Coach Reveals the SECRETS to Finding and Building the Career you were Meant to Have
This book is about Choosing a CAREER That Matters and focuses on how to find and build a meaningful and fulfilling career.
This book isn’t about finding a job;
it’s about finding a place for your career to happen!
Here you’ll learn:
Chapter 1: 21 Reasons You Really Need a Career, Not a JOB
Chapter 3: How to Identify, Measure, and Increase Your “Value Added”
Chapter 4: What is a TRUE Career?
Chapter 5: The 34 Things You Really Control
Chapter 6: The 44 TRUTHS About Your TRUE Career
Chapter 7: The 5 Best Ways of Exploring Different Careers
Chapter 8: The 8 Most Important Benefits of a Career
Chapter 9: Assessment 1: The 6 Lanes of the Road to Career Success
Chapter 10: Assessment 2: The Resiliency of Your Career
Chapter 11: Assessment 3: The 17 Worst Career Liabilities
Chapter 12: The 9 Components of Your Future Career Direction
Chapter 13: Creating SMART and Personalized Career Goals
Chapter 14: Creating Your Career Goal Plan
Chapter 15: Achieving a Fulfilling Career
In just a few minutes, you can own your copy of this volume, and begin using what you’ve learned here to CHOOSE and BUILD the CAREER You Were Meant to Have.
If you already have a career, but you’re unhappy or you need a new career, this is the best book for you.
CHANGING YOUR CAREER?
Executive Coach Reveals the SECRETS to Changing Your Career, like those leaving the US Military.
This book is about changing careers.
If you are :
- Unhappy with your current career path
- Leaving one career, like leaving the US Military
- No longer physically capable of performing, as expected
If any of the above reasons apply to you, this book will be the best investment you’ll ever make.
Here you’ll learn:
CHAPTER 1: MAKING THE TRANSITION
CHAPTER 2: IMPORTANT CAREER WARNINGS
CHAPTER 3: WHAT ARE EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR?
CHAPTER 2: WHAT VALUE DO YOU BRING TO AN EMPLOYER?
CHAPTER 5: WHAT’S A TRUE CAREER?
CHAPTER 6: WHAT ARE YOUR TRANSFERABLE SKILL?
CHAPTER 7: WHAT ARE YOUR PAR STORIES?
CHAPTER 8: WHAT ARE YOUR ASSESTS & LIABILITIES?
CHAPTER 9: WHAT’S YOUR “PASSION FOR THE WORK”?
CHAPTER 10: WHAT’S YOUR CAREER DIRECTION?
CHAPTER 11: WHAT’S YOUR “30-SECOND COMMERCIAL”?
CHAPTER 12: HOW CAN YOU EXPLORE DIFFERENT CAREERS?
CHAPTER 13: HOW DO PEOPLE FIND JOBS?
CHAPTER 14: THE ART OF INTERVIEWING
Also, if you feel this information could help someone else, please take a few moments to let them know. If it turns out to make a difference in their life, they’ll be forever grateful to you – as will I.
Let’s make a difference together – one person at a time!
All the best!
Founder of TheCAREERMaker.com
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