June 24th, 2004

gamiila sig #2

Let's see...how does this work, exactly?

My current employer may just have presented me with a goodie bag in which I found a keyring, a 'mobile flash front' (whatever that may be) and a teensy-weensy clip-on radio (nifty!), but I'm still looking for another job.

Only...I'm not too sure how to go about it.

This month saw my tenth anniversary at hp. Before that, I had a few temping jobs in the times when I wasn't working on an excavation or otherwise gainfully (albeit freelance) employed as archaeologist/art historian/researcher/publicist. And I haven't the slightest idea how to market myself.

Whenever I tell someone I'm on the lookout for a new job, they invariably ask me: "what kind of job are you looking for?" To be honest, I don't rightly know. I can't very well answer "Any job that will allow me to keep my cats and myself in the manner to which we have become accustomed over the years and that will not interfere with my online existence too much (or preferably, not at all)."

I have been told that to find out what kind of job I am really looking for, I need to list my core competencies, my strong points. "For instance," said the person giving me this advice, "you are fun to know and extremely entertaining in your interactions with people on a 1-to-1 basis." Well, that's nice to know, and I thank the person that said it, but...I somehow doubt that it'll help bring my dreamjob into any closer focus...well, not unless my dreamjob is that of clown (which, believe me, it isn't).

So, I'm putting the question before you: how does one go about finding, and having found it, acquiring the job that suits one right down to the ground?