By Randi Bussin
Looking for your dream job? Ready to try something new? Helpful tips and tools to move you from one career to another.
My colleague, Susan Guarneri, and I will be co-authoring this column. As career assessment and reinvention experts, we are thrilled to share our experience and advice with you on a monthly basis.
In this column, we will cover a variety of topics and provide practical advice on how to break out of the status quo, dream big, and reinvent your career so that you can reach personal and professional goals.
Since career assessment is a crucial step in the reinvention process, we will begin with this article.
In the current economic climate of high unemployment and shrinking industries, many are being forced to reinvent themselves. Others, burned out by their current roles and corporate cultures may be seeking more meaningful and fulfilling work that draws on their passions.
In either case, career reinvention can be a complicated and lengthy process. Thinking BIG and reinventing requires a serious commitment to self-assessment before you can determine a career reinvention strategy.
What is self-assessment?
Self-assessment is usually the first step when dreaming BIG about a possible reinvention. It is a period in your life when you step back from your busy schedule and delve inside to better understand yourself. In this phase, you want to evaluate your skills, interests, personal brand, communication style and other parameters.
This period will help you better understand yourself so you can map out a reinvention strategy and brainstorm options for a new career or work life that will be better suited to you and capitalize on your strengths.
During the self-assessment phase, you might want to consider evaluating all or some of the following items:
- Skills Inventory
- Behavioral Style
- Personal Brand
- Entrepreneurial Propensity
- Leadership Profile
- Work-Life Balance
You can work on any of these career assessment parameters by using online assessment tools, by reading a book on career development or by working with a career coach or personal brand strategist. The key is not how you do it (the method) but that you DO it. If you do not know yourself and what you need to be happy, you will not be able to move forward.
Susan and I will be addressing some of the more popular career assessments in upcoming newsletters.
Randi Bussin, a Career Reinvention strategist, guides executives and business owners towards a renewed sense of direction, an actionable career reinvention and personal branding plan.