By Eileen Ramos
Fogdom (n.): a region where nothing is clear
At times, the job market can be such a fogdom. You see a number of advertisements for jobs but you have no idea if you can make the cut.
When surrounded by murky doubt and confusion, while slowly drowning in your own desperation, stop and ask yourself:
- Who am I as an employee?
- What are my real salable skills?
- What do I want in my career?
Answering these questions will help you develop your inner career compass and help you avoid occupations that would be a waste to you and your employer’s time.
90% of getting the job is knowing what you want and what you have to offer.
Once you figure that out, it’s easier to take the next steps in the right direction → With compass in hand, to navigate through this fog, consider requesting informational interviews. An informational interview is a meeting where the job seeker asks for career and industrial advice from the employer rather than employment. The purpose is to let someone who is where you want to be help you figure out how to get there. Use LinkedIn and websites of companies you would love to work for to figure out who to contact.
Also, take a gander at What Color is Your Parachute (2013 edition) by Richard Bolles for creative exercises to discover your path. As the creator of the term “informational interview” he might just know a thing or two about them to helpyou succeed. Once you prepare yourself for your career, you can say goodbye to that fogdom once and for all.
Eileen Ramos is an enthusiastic introvert who has a fervor for words. She loves collecting them and seeing how they fit in, and expand, her world. She’s a writer by day, sleeper by night (well, sort of) and she can’t wait to see what title she earns next. For more information or to link with Eileen, check out her LinkedIn profile.