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You wake up one morning and realize something’s missing. And nope, it’s not the fuzzy slippers you get to wear on back-to-back Zoom calls. Those are a happy thing.

It’s your sense of purpose.

You began your career with a spring in your step, and maybe a load of college debt, but it was worth it to discover all the possible “oysters” in your new world.

So you landed your first job, then the next. Each time employers pigeonholing you into doing the same type of work you did in the last job. Why? Because it made them feel safe to hire you for something you were good at…even though no one knew you didn’t particularly enjoy it. 

Then one day you had enough. Your career itch became a real ache. You decided to find your true career purpose.

But where do you start? And how can you convince someone to let you try something new?

It’s an age-old question, which as a career coach and recruiter, I’ve been helping folks figure out for the last decade.

So, here’s my in the trenches, “walk a mile in the employer’s shoes” advice. To get the job you want, understand what the employers wants.

  1. Hiring managers are trying to mitigate their risk. Every time an employer recruits for an open position, their main concern is whether the new employee can solve their urgent problems immediately AND stick around long enough to maximize on their hiring investment. Which is more expensive than you think.
  1. Your job is to make them feel safe. If you were able to pay yourself to do the work you love, that would make things easy! But since your employer has the cash (sorry!) you need to demonstrate that you can leverage your skills, understand their industry challenges, and be happy in this new career longer than say… 6 months. And yep, they are seriously worried about that.
  1. How? By using “ING” and “ER” to repurpose your skills. Your INGs are the skills you’ve amassed during your career – a common one is writing. The ER is the profession that can emerge from that skill, presuming you can see yourself doing it full time – in this case, writer. If you list all the ING skills you love, then rebrand your resume and LinkedIn profile toward the new ER profession, you can ease the employer’s mind about your career shift. **One example is the time I helped an attorney become a journalist for a legal trade publication. (Ask me more about how I did it…)

So, if my client can move from attorney to journalist, with a little intention you can shift from operations director to digital event planner… or from lobbyist to public relations professional.

How? By remembering that the person reading your resume has a job to keep too. So, make it easy for them to say YES!

There’s your Hire Moment for the moment!

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Stay tuned for future monthly posts with topics like these:

    1. Leveraging LinkedIn to Boost Your Career Brand
    2. Networking 101: Be a Go-Giver (a.k.a. It’s all About THEM)
    3. Tapping the Hidden Job Market
    4. Demystifying the World of Recruiters
    5. Interviewing to Land the Offer

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Let’s connect at shira@purposefulhire.com or through LinkedIn.

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