What book are you currently reading?

After serving in the military, the initial question they asked me in my first civilian interview was, “what book are you currently reading.” I love the creative ways employers reveal nuggets of talent during interviews, but I would rather tell them about the $800 I made from my most recent garage sale, which yes, included the self-help books sitting in my attic meant to change the trajectory of my career. I want to share some simple growth strategies on identifying a career path matching your interests, values, and needs. And further, increases your workplace engagement and happiness.

Over the past decade, I have worked with thousands of career starters, career changers, and career advancers in developing a ‘go-forward’ strategy for their career journey. And, in every case, my clients claim they know their vocational preferences and all they ‘really need’ is a professional resume. The mythical magic resume that will convince a prospective employer, at first glance, you are the best candidate for the position. Unfortunately, the art of writing an effective resume is more than formatting a page of fancy adjectives describing job tasks one has performed over the past ten years. Instead, a well written professional resume has two audiences in mind. First, the applicant tracking systems (ATS) a resume screening software and second, the human eyes.

As a business coach, certified resume writer, and interview specialists my number one priority is to assist a client in discovering their true vocational preferences and exactly how they fit into the world-of-work. Recent studies reveal that over 75% of workers are not engaged at work. According to Gallop, they define an engaged worker as those who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.  From a career coach’s perspective, I will add, an engaged worker is also looking for enjoyment and seek to reach goals and actualize talents, skills, and interests.  

Sadly, most job seekers follow the path of least resistance by accepting employment that brings a steady paycheck or provides the security of benefits ignoring their vocational preferences.  As a career development professional, I realize the reality of life and the brutal truth that a person needs a job to pay the bills. And while there is nothing wrong with this decision it must be considered a temporary position leading to an opportunity matching one’s interests, values, and needs. I always encourage my clients, at a minimum, to find transitional employment matching their future aspirations. By doing so one continues to build their work experience in a related occupation field.

  • The first step in engagement is to take validated vocational assessments to identify work preferences and matching occupations.
  • The second step is to refine your professional resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile to reflect your preferences.
  • And finally, customize a written and verbal narrative to each employment opportunity.

Attend our free Engage⎮360 Job Profiling workshop and begin to pivot your career journey.

Job profiling is a systematic procedure for gathering, documenting, and analyzing information about the content, context, and requirements for a job. And if done correctly one can identify employment opportunities more closely matching their personal preferences and work readiness. Being work-ready means a person has the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform in a specific job offering immediate value to the employer.

I believe each person has a very specific destiny.  A right to prosper.  And a right to meaningfully participate in the world around them. Achieving one’s dream is not accomplished by simply wishing things would get better, but instead, dreams are discovered by those willing to pivot to a new way of reflecting on their passion.  I have seen small adjustments change a person’s trajectory resulting in exponential advancements, accomplishments, and happiness in the workplace. 

“there can be no darker or more devastating tragedy than the death of man’s faith in himself and in his power to direct his future.” 

I am passionate about supporting the best way to live your life and the journey starts with understanding exactly who you are and how you fit into the world of work. I believe you have the right to utilize your gifts and talents and make the world a better place. You have a right to be fully engaged and making a difference in our world. Can you imagine living the rest of your life knowing you were only one step away from changing the world around you?

Andrew finds his home in Washington DC and enjoys yoga, SoulCycle, and of course career coaching.