I had the great privilege of having a client come back and visit me while he was on a vacation in Madison. He wanted to share his joy of a new baby and his appreciation for the role I played in helping both he and his wife land wonderful jobs in St. Louis.
Rob was working as an organizer for a labor union when we met. He really enjoyed his role in educating union leadership, researching and writing content for the website, building and managing social media, and creating training and marketing materials. What he didn’t like so much, was the constant travel and long hours.
In 2011, Rob’s position required his involvement in demonstrations regarding the governor’s; “Budget Repair Bill”, which impacted collective bargaining agreements. After 5 months of being embroiled in the protests, Rob was ready for a change of pace. He has a high value for harmony and strives to build community and collaboration wherever he goes. Spending Feb-June with crowds of frustrated angry people was both exhausting and disheartening for him. He decided it was time to update his resume and begin looking for a new job, preferably in St. Louis, Missouri.
He attended both of my mini-courses; “Rock Your Resume” and “Ignite Your Interview” and had hired me to help him find a new position. We went through the process of identifying what work tasks he did best and enjoyed most and emphasized those on his resume, his Linked In profile and in his correspondence with potential employers. Next, I asked Rob to write out what his dream job would be.
Rob’s ideal work needed to offer: innovation, autonomy, collaboration, research, writing, teaching/training, advocating and community building. One of the things we worked on was structuring questions he could ask in interviews to help him learn more about the work culture and management style to determine if the jobs he was applying for might be a fit to his “ideal work”. It took a few months of networking and using Linked In contacts, conducting informational interviews and searching job listings in all the higher ed. institutions in the St. Louis area, but Rob found a great job as did his wife!
This month he is celebrating two years being in a job he loves in one of Missouri’s prestigious universities. His work not only combines his education and experience, but it is in alignment with his core values and fits his lifestyle, enabling him to spend more time with his growing family. Rob’s wife, Laura, also attended the Rock your Resume class and was the first one to obtain work in the St. Louis area. She is very happy in her job in higher education and will soon be starting classes towards a masters degree.
If you are unhappy in the work you’re in, consider a change. It is possible to have fulfilling, satisfying, purposeful work! Whether you do it with a coach, a book, or a friend, please explore your possibilities for a brighter, more fulfilling work life!