If life were a party, what would you bring?

Telling Stories: Resumes and Interviews
March 13, 2018

There are two basic ways of exploring different career paths: inward and outward. Outward career exploration refers to sizing up the existing job world and making choices based on what’s available and what matches your background. This entails looking at job postings to get an idea of what kind of positions are open, reading articles about hiring trends, and conducting informational interviews in your field of interest. It’s a reasonable way to go about the process.

The other approach starts within. What are your strengths, interests, and values? Dreams as a kid? What do you do that doesn’t feel like work? For what sort of things do people ask your help? Imagine that the world is one big party and everyone needs to bring something to make the party better for everyone… what do you have to offer? You’re listening to your internal guidance rather than chasing the hot career of the moment.

There’s no fixed way to go about a career search, but one suggestion: begin inward, then see if there’s an outside match. Do you meet the minimum qualifications for what you want to do? How likely is it to land a job? Is there even such a thing? It would be nice if there’s a path in place already, but often that isn’t the case. You might need to start something on your own.

You don’t have to bring it all to the party, just the one thing that you do well that others will want too.