When you take on a new role, you want it to be a good match. Finding that special position that will challenge you to grow and surround you with a positive environment is worth the time it takes to find. Why? Because nothing is as miserable as being stuck spending 40+ hours a week in a job that isn’t the best fit for you. So how do you find that perfect match? Let’s find out.
There is always the possibility that you enjoy working as an Executive Assistant but you need to work for a different Executive. However, if you feel a desire to embark on a journey to a new career, where do you start? Reflect on the essential aspects of yourself and begin your research based on what you discover.
It would be best if you almost started at the beginning when looking for your dream job. What things genuinely interest you? Make a list of a few things you love doing when you are not at work. Ask yourself what industries interest you as well. Now, put each interest into an industry category. Maybe a couple of the things you listed fall under the technological field. Finally, go through your contacts to see if you know anyone who works in the industries you like. Reach out to them and ask about entry points of that industry, how one can grow in it, and where the industry is heading.
Your Unique Gifts or Talents
We often do not realize what our specific gifts or talents are. Maggie Mistal, a career coach, advises us to turn to the people in our life when she asks, “What do people thank you for? What do people come to you for?” Build your new career on your strengths as long as they are also things you enjoy doing.
Your Inspired Abilities, Values, and Mission
Someone has probably asked you a question in the past that goes something like, what would you do even if it does not involve a decent salary? Think about what strengths and abilities you find rewarding and motivate you to get up in the morning. Maybe that is charity work. In this case, you may want to seek a position for a nonprofit. What aspects of your work do you value? Mistal better explains using your values to choose your dream job by saying, “For everyone it is different. Some people want that excitement of having every day be different. Others want to be creative in their work. For other people, it could be about giving back.” Remember, one of the above and beyond skills for an EA is big picture thinking. It is time to put this skill to work and dig deep within yourself to see what you want people to remember you for in the future.
Your Personality and Preferred Work Environment
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What descriptive words would your friends and family use to describe your personality? If you are more of a social individual with a friendly personality, a job working in a laboratory, isolated from others, is most likely not your dream job. The position you will be happy in will fit your specific personality. The same thing goes for your work environment. Are you a parent who wants a change of pace and to work from home? Maybe you prefer to work for a smaller company where you can make more tight-knit relationships with your coworkers. Think about what work environment best suits your personality and situation.
Your Ideal Salary
Before going into a period between paychecks, make sure you know the minimum you need to make to maintain your core expenses. According to a post on Forbes.com entitled 9 Ways To Find Your Perfect Career Match, “Some career changes can involve taking a step back financially so understanding what the lowest you can go in terms of income (for a short period of time during your transition) is key information.”
Maggie Mistal sums up the best next steps when she says, “When people align how they make a living with who they are, that’s when they find amazing success.”