Going Through Change?

Perhaps you’ve taken a career break, had a baby, been a carer or been made redundant. If you know what you want the job search basics on this site will definitely be of help, but what if you don’t know what you want to do next?

One of the problems with the recruitment process is that it’s functionalist. It focuses on the role the company needs performed; it measures the person against those criteria to see if they will fit that box.

You are not a box.

How can you demonstrate how a role fits your needs if you have no idea what those needs are?

If only it was that simple. It’s more than just knowing, to be successful; you also have to demonstrate what you can offer with enthusiasm and desire.  Recruiters are trained at going deeper, passion can’t be fudged.

Who am I? – Is a biggie.

Staring into space for the answer may not be as futile as it first seems, but simply thinking your way to a one size fits all, simple solution doesn’t often yield results either.

If you dread the question – “What do you do?”  Chances are you’ve been given lots of advice from well meaning friends and family already.

There is no magic bullet and the path to understanding yourself better as different and unique as you are.

With over 14 years Recruitment experience within international agencies, directly in-house and my own consultancy business, I have recruited for hundreds of companies such as Xerox, Thames Water, Axa, Lloyds, Orange, Dell, Microsoft, Fujitsu, BP, RAC right through to SMEs and start ups. I have interviewed thousands of people, run assessment centres and short listed too many CVs and applications to count.

I’ve asked ALOT of questions.

After interviewing hundreds of people I came to realise that the most fulfilled and happy where those who had a strong sense of self and knew what they wanted. Yet they were rare.

Most people (me included) knew what they felt they should or could do, not genuinely desired. This also included a high number of seemingly successful candidates. Type ‘A’ overachievers. The ones with good salaries, long records of achievement and careers littered with progression and recognition from everyone but themselves.  It also applied to those stressed, displaying anxiety and prone to burn out cycles. It seemed to me that there was a correlation between job satisfaction and self identity.

So I studied and qualified in psychodynamic counseling, picked up the journalling of my youth, delved into my unconscious to look for clues and asked myself the questions for a change.

I’m still on my journey, I’m still recruiting and I’m always learning. I blog about learning more about yourself at : www.sarahloucooper.com  come over for a visit and see if it could be of use to you?