Identifying `Who You Are' Is the First Step to Finding Ideal Job

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"Just who do you think you are anyway?"

Few people reach adulthood without hearing that question; first from dear old mom, then from teachers and other indignant souls. How often have you been able to answer the challenge implicit in that phrase in twenty-five words or less and in a way that made you feel good about yourself?

Identifying "who you are" is the first step to finding the right vocation and your ideal job. If you haven't done some self-evaluation and don't have any clarity as to who you are and what you are about, you will begin to adopt what casual acquaintances, bosses, assorted critics, and potential employers think of you. This can be very harmful to your career.

An alternative which is working for individuals in all career fields - no matter where they are on the corporate ladder - is personality and vocational testing. A sophisticated battery of tests selected to provide the kind of data that you need, and an experienced, trained counselor who can interpret those tests, can help provide direction and impetus to your career.

Once you understand your abilities, skills, values and vocational preferences, you may then channel your energies into developing a career in a field that will utilize those skills and abilities. Job satisfaction and feeling fulfilled in one's work are closely tied to an overall feeling of well being.

But remember that test results are only indicators. You still have to maintain control of your identity and actively participate by evaluating who and what you are and by pursuing a career in whichto express yourself.

Ever notice how many people define themselves in terms of their work? It has been said that only those with the strongest self image will, when asked, "Who are you," answer with the statement, "I am John Smith." Most people will say something like, "I'm an engineer," or some variation which describes what they do, not who they really are.

All the more reason to use all available resources to determine who you are and what you need from the job instead of letting the job define you and eventually coming to the realization that you don't like who you've become. …