Sunday Reading: Who are You?

When I started the job search this fall, I knew it was important to be prepared. Be prepared to ask questions. Be prepared to be flexible, etc. I’ve spent the last few months doing just that. After a recent series of interviews, however, I came to the realization that there was one major “prepared” factor that I have over looked: Be prepared to know who you are. If you don’t really know who you are, how can you give an honest interview? How can you know what next steps to take, where to look after the job you have is gone? Part of this last preparedness factor is knowing your favorite music, when you have to go to bed and how many friends you can reasonably entertain for dinner. But part of it is more. Hence, the subject of today’s Sunday Reading. This isn’t meant to be a career guide, just a different take on what many are going through now blended with this week’s news.

  • PASSION: To know who you are, it helps to know your passion, what puts that fire inside you and makes your brain more perceptive.
  • MIXING INTERESTS: Lance Armstrong loves tequila, bikes, art and fighting cancer. Now that he’s blended all his interests together, he’s doing better than ever.
  • LEADERSHIP: It took Drew Faust years to hone her leadership style, but, now she’s found that balance between listening, searching and communicating and is President of Harvard.
  • PLACE: Different people thrive in different environments. For some, it’s as large scale as a specific countries, others, as small scale as interior decorating. For Apple, it’s about publicity stunts.
  • QUITTING: Lou Dobbs knows his limits. Or maybe it’s his producers that do. Either way, he’s leaving CNN.
  • PROBLEM SOLVING: Venice’s population is declining at a faster pace than most other places in Europe. And the city’s sinking. Those who love the city most have taken problem solving to an all-new level of creativity. Some, however, are questioning their timing.
  • STYLE: I’m a firm believer that, once you’ve figured out who you are, how you express that is incredibly important. Use your passion to define your style. The (finally launched) Art of the Trench by Burberry can help.
  • PORTFOLIO: A portfolio of yourself, whether in your head, in a binder to give to prospective employers or like Roald Dahl’s, is a great way to help keep your answers to all the previous questions in mind.

Website of the Week: O*NET OnLine. Once you know who you are, it’s helpful to be able to look for jobs from all directions. CSO is great, but you search jobs via there by career. Not skills. Or interests. Or values. O*NET, however, does. I honestly don’t know whether or not it’s a successful site; I just found it this morning. But a fresh perspective new hurts.