Inspired by providing career coaching these past few weeks for the latest batch of MBAs at INSEAD, I’d like to dedicate this post to the challenges of career choice. In our modern society, we have great freedom to choose our path, which can create great stress for people who want to make the ‘right’ choices. The problem is there are no ‘right’ choices. There are too many variables at stake – too much we don’t know and too much we can’t know.
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How do you approach job search? Finding direction can help you be purposeful in your actions and have a clear message for others; but more often than not, the rush to be decisive about direction comes from a desire to avoid the doubt, confusion and stuckness of the job search process. As Timothy Butler asserts in Getting Unstuck, there is much to gain from that period of uncertainty if you can take time to develop awareness and allow a vision to emerge that is true to where you can thrive.
I wrote in earlier posts about career choice and setting direction. This post is about how to make it happen. You may have decided what you want to do, but getting an employer to hire you is your next challenge. Recruiters are busy. The recruiter likely has more than one qualified and interested candidate. How do you stand out and get chosen?
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been running career workshops again – with INSEAD in Fontainebleau and Singapore and, for the first time, with Science Po in Paris. So, after a long hiatus, I’m inspired once again to write – this time about how to put together your job search ‘story’ and pitch it effectively.
A year ago today I launched my first internet venture. It’s been quite a year, with much learning. I have tried to bring together my key learnings here for posterity.
Professor of Management Practice, Executive Education Director
It’s a tough world out there and only firms that succeed in creating value will survive in the long-term. The key is to focus on what your customers really want.