JOB SEARCH TIP #: How to destroy yourself—insights from Dr. Clifton

19 Aug


My mentor Dr. Donald O. Clifton often said: “If you want to destroy a person, consistently ask them to do something for which they have no adequate response.”

Yes, this sounds harsh.

What Don was referring to is that people often take on jobs that are unaligned to their skills and talents. They go to work each day, trying their best, but they don’t have the talents to do the job in a way that would bring them success and satisfaction.

In the world of academia it would be called poor “person-job fit”.

As you plan for your next job, consider the following questions:

  • Is the work similar to other work you have enjoyed?
  • Is in the kind of work that in the past you’ve quickly learned?
  • Is the work similar to work where for which you’ve received recognition?
  • Is it work that you could see yourself doing for a time?
  • Is it work in a field where you could see opportunities for growth?

You don’t want to “destroy yourself” in a job that really isn’t you. To the degree you can, look for that fit.

The posts for the next couple weeks are inspired by a man who inspired me, Donald O. Clifton.

There are free training videos on the web site of my faith community:

#career #careercoach #jobhunting #careers #jobsearch #strengths

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