I Don't Know What I Want, but I Know It's Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work

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A disturbingly large number of people today are unhappy with their work. In this helpful book, career coach Julie Jansen addresses this work-dissatisfaction epidemic. Using career assessment quizzes and personality exercises, Jansen helps readers understand their present work or career situation, discover the type of work for which they're best suited, and learn how to create the changes they need. Filled with real-life examples and including a useful resource section, this guide provides the inspiration and ...
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Overview

A disturbingly large number of people today are unhappy with their work. In this helpful book, career coach Julie Jansen addresses this work-dissatisfaction epidemic. Using career assessment quizzes and personality exercises, Jansen helps readers understand their present work or career situation, discover the type of work for which they're best suited, and learn how to create the changes they need. Filled with real-life examples and including a useful resource section, this guide provides the inspiration and know-how to implement positive career change.


About the Author:
Julie Jansen has made five career changes in order to find work that fulfills and satisfies her professional and personal needs. A career coach and consultant, she has been featured in publications such as WSJ.com Career Journal, Selling Power, Working Woman, and Smart Money and has been published in the National Business Employment Weekly. She is also a frequent speaker at both non-profit groups and corporations throughout the United States.

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"Close your eyes and...imagine what it would feel like to be happy and excited and fulfilled in your work." Can't do it? Career coach Janson's no-nonsense volume just might help. Herself a former disgruntled employee (she worked in broadcasting, recruiting, outplacement and other fields), Janson is a big proponent of jobs that suit: work, after all, "is not 'one size fits all.'" She identifies six reasons people find their employ unsatisfying, from boredom with an overly familiar routine, to insecurity in the face of discrimination or a toxic boss, to lack of focus on work due to an eye on upcoming retirement. Several quizzes and questionnaires ("When you think about the things you find meaningful, what comes to mind?"; "[Do you] prefer to be the leader rather than have others lead"?) help readers identify their job problems and the kinds of work they might find more meaningful, as well as build confidence in their choices. Janson offers stories of those who made the career change successfully (or in some cases, found a way to renew their interest in their old positions) as well as guidelines for becoming more entrepreneurial. Her advice is seasoned and her tone encouraging, making this a solid resource for people who know they don't like what they do; it might also be a wakeup call for others numbed into job complacency. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780142002483
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Jansen has made five career changes in order to find work that fulfills and satisfies her professional and personal needs. A career coach and consultant, she has been featured in publications such as WSJ.com, Career Journal, Selling Power, Working Woman, and Smart Money and has been published in the National Business Employment Weekly. She is also a frequent speaker at both non-profit groups and corporations throughout the United States.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Learn Who You Really Are and Why

    Julie Jansen's book really makes you think about yourself, learn things about yourself, and charts a path for you to follow to change yourself, your job, and/or your career. The book is in three parts: (1) Where Are You Now? (2) Where Do You Want to Be? and (3) How Do You Get There? In Chapter 2, she describes six work situations from "Where's the Meaning" in my work to "One Toe in the Retirement Pool," but not yet ready to retire or can't because I need to keep earning. Chapter 3 talks about "Values, Attitudes, and Change Resilience." Here she lists several pages of values which the reader selects as "most important to you," and then narrows down to a top 10 value list. For instance, Advancement, Challenging, Competitive, Family happiness, Financial Security, Leadership, Personal Development, and so on. She then asks you to think about your own work situation to see if any of these values are being met in your work. If not, you are ready for a change elsewhere within the company, the industry, or very possibly, leaving the job altogether. The Values assessment is followed by an Attitudes assessment, a listing of 12 statements where the reader indicates: Almost Never (1), Seldom (2), Sometimes (3), Frequently (4), or Almost always (5). For instance, the first statement: I have enough confidence in myself and my abilities that I am willing to take reasonable chances and do things I haven't done before in order to create satisfying work for myself. You learn about your self-confidence, self-knowledge, managing relationships, maintaining motivation, goal orientation, and professional commitment. The author goes on to say: "If your work situation is less than desirable, your score may be low in one or several of these categories. If so, you can improve the above through motivation, guidance, and the right tools." This is followed by the "Change Resillience" test, which measures how adaptible, or resistant to change you are. I liked the fact that she illustrates her points with stories of people in all sorts of jobs (well, all sorts of white-collar jobs) who are unhappy or unsatisfied at a certain point in their career and are ready for a change. Sometimes they didn't know they were ready for a change. Chapter 4 helps you figure out your "Personality Preferences, Interests, and Favorite Skills." You go through more tasks and score yourself to determine if you're "Introverted or Outgoing," "Idealist or Realist," and so on and so forth. The authur states, "...if your personality doesn't match your work, you will not be satisfied." The personal stories of people in various jobs backs up each point made and provides much insight for the reader. In the back of the book, the author provides almost 20 pages of resources, listing other books to read and websites to visit which enhance and illuminate upon the points made in the book. There are also resources on networking, writing resumes, interviewing, starting your own business, and much more. This book is well worth the cost and I recommend it for anyone who is ready to make a change in their life's work.

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