Find Your Ideal Career (or Business) And Create Your Life Resume
Want a career (or business) that brings a smile to your heart?
Don't know exactly what that career might be? This list of ideas
can start you on your way. Make the process fun by scheduling a
visit to your favorite place -- the beach, mountains, whatever
-- where you can compile your lists and daydream too!
Seven years ago, I completed the process described below by
trial and error -- or was it error and error?! I didn't have a
non-biased person, such as my coach or a consultant to support
and assist me in the process. I created the process as I went
along. You are much luckier than I was at the time! You have
this Life Resume and you know where you can go to hire a coach!
Take an assessment test: personality, skills, etc. I have
compiled a few lists of free online assessment tests and quizzes
for you at www.coachmaria.com/articles.html Also check your
local phone book for college career centers, career consultants,
or career counselors who offer such tests and many other helpful
services too. Online visit the coach referral resources located
Start a new type of resume. List the first paying job you had
and then start writing all the tasks you performed. You will not
be graded on your penmanship... promise!
Compose a volunteer resume, same format as listed above -
listing the positions and tasks you performed.
Create a list of what you volunteered to do when you went to
school. What organizations did you belong to? What projects did
you volunteer for? If you're a mom and/or wife (dad or husband),
add lists for those areas too! You're putting together a "this
is your life resume".
Create a list of every career you've ever thought you might
enjoy since you were 5 years old. (Ages 6-10 are extremely
Now go back to all your lists and cross off every task that
drove you crazy, or that you couldn't stand doing, or that you
promised yourself you'd never do again! Ask yourself, "is this
something that I would enjoy doing for 8 hours"?
Take a look at what you are left with and look for the patterns.
For example: Did you enjoy teaching in each paying and volunteer
position you've held? Does organizing or working with numbers or
working with your hands come up in your descriptions time and
time again? Does a clear picture of your ideal career or
business shine through?
If your ideal career isn't evident yet, try these resources: ~~
Visit the Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook at
http://stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm ~~ Ask people, what careers
someone would have if they were doing __________ (the things you
enjoy doing)? ~~ Consider this...you have the perfect life while
you are enjoying working. What would you be doing? OR you won a
million dollars and the only stipulation in receiving it is that
you'd have to continue working. What would you be working at?
Now, go find your ideal career (or business)! Or create
something wonderful and new!! Take some classes if need be...
and above all, SMILE...
With special thanks to the John Crystal Institute (NYC), Richard
Boles, and the many other authors who wrote books I've read or
studied over the years. Also thank you to everyone who was
unable to create their resume, and instead asked me to design it