Putting Passion in Your Work, in Your Life with Work Finding
Get off the job treadmill and find work you love! Stop jumping from job to job and start making moves that help you grow. Get control of your career and look forward to Mondays!
Work Finding gives direction to those of you yearning for a rewarding and meaningful career. Providing practical guidance for each step along the way, from identifying your ideal job to preparing for your interviews, Bill Gregory also emphasizes the internal work you must do. With examples from those who have followed his advice, Gregory helps you discover your strengths, abilities, and preferences (yes, even the ones you’ve denied all these years) to lead you to work that you love.
Summary of Chapters
Chapter 1: Your Work of Art. Working at something that's just a job and using the income and free time it provides in another endeavor that you value more is no longer realistic. In job finding the emphasis is on fitting yourself into a job description. In work finding, the emphasis is on identifying career priorities and building the skills to find a position using them.
Chapter 2: Sensing a Stronger Self. A whole person is seen as being comprised of four sides: physical, emotional, intellectual, and non-physical or spiritual. The reader sees the dynamics of the development of a self with strong intrinsic motivations. Help in identifying the key experiences that have made a person who they are and will underlie future successful career success are identified.
Chapter 3: Career Choice Points. Choice points - values, intelligences, personality tendencies, interests, abilities/knowledge/skills, and environmental support preferences - are explained. It is here that a person makes the choice to express their true self in their career. Actions from accomplishments and other key experiences are used as one guide.
Chapter 4: Connecting with Competency Stories. All organizations use competencies to hire, develop, and promote their people. Those desiring career growth can use the same methodology to understand and express their talents and values. First identify actions, then group the actions, and then name the group. That name will match what some organizations are looking for and where opportunity lies. The process of connecting involves stating the competency, and then telling a story showing it in use.
Chapter 5: Unique Resume. When a person combines their competency pattern with a cause they care about, they project a powerful purpose. This is supported by their unique string of accomplishments, including the significant actions that created them. The resulting resume is unique, and the reader is able to compare the person they are seeing through the words on the resume with the needs in their organization.
Chapter 6: Expanding Perceptions. In our changing world it's important to explore with an open mind. Accessing the large amount of information available to everyone with the right questions will push back the fences that narrow our views and limit our possibilities.
Chapter 7: Interacting Through Walking. Our direct connection to opportunity begins with opening our eyes to what is happening right in front of us, on Main Street. A higher percentage of jobs in the future will involve individuals meeting the needs of other individuals in their neighborhood.
Chapter 8: Interacting Through Paper and Computer Screen. The online world is able to bring a large number of jobs to our attention. It's important to apply to them effectively and efficiently, and to take full advantage of the windows to the work world they provide.
Chapter 9: Interacting in Conversations. The biggest source of opportunity is interacting with people. Helpful attitudes and example dialogues are presented for people seeking new options for their competencies, for people building a niche in an occupational / industry area, and for people working as consultants.
Chapter 10: Internet Social Networking. The benefits of using Linked In, Facebook, and Twitter for career advancement are presented. Everyone should continually engage with their network to increase their career options.
Chapter 11: Work Finding Persistence. Career growth activities can be balanced so that positive energy builds. For example, the draining impact of applying for published jobs can be counteracted by the enhancing impact of connecting with people.
Chapter 12: Memorable Interview. All interviewers make use of competency methods in which a person is asked to give an example of what they have done or would do in a specific situation. Using stories will bring out your talents and credibility. They will be remembered.
Chapter 13: Overcoming Obstacles. Get a perspective on what is happening in your career so that you will be able to identify hidden obstacles that are holding you back. Begin to remove them by employing the resources of your whole person. Help is given to build your physical capacity so that implementing new actions begins to change habits. Building your emotional capacity will enable you to change the feelings that situations elicit so that they are positive and supportive. Building your intellectual capacity will help you to think in new and more productive ways. Connecting with the non-physical or spiritual will enable you to make use of the power of vision.
Chapter 14: Balance over Stress. You can be in control of your reaction to the negative events that are sure to happen. Learn to manage your reaction by increasing the balance with which you deploy the resources of your personality.
Chapter 15: Building New Competencies. In our changing world being ready for new learning is crucial. You can take control by identifying new actions that you need to be able to easily implement. Manage your learning outside of formal school and workshops by planning scenarios and getting feedback from others.
Chapter 16: Integrating to Improve Performance. We have expanded the way we recruit our personality resources to overcome obstacles, balance in times of stress, and learn more effectively. Now we use the same ideas to improve our performance through a visualization in which we use more of our whole person.
Chapter 17: Hearing a Call. With a new awareness of your priority competencies, and with the new experiences of making networking connections and identifying an occupational/industrial niche, we are completing our labyrinth journey and are poised to hear a call. Listen and follow its message.