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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?

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bogwitch
Jun. 24th, 2004 04:49 am (UTC)
Let me know when you find out!

When I was job hunting this time, I thought about what skills I have and what I enjoy doing doing the day.
So
Like the internet and have some skills in creating websites, but not enough to be a desginer.
7 years admin experience
Good with computers
Witing skills
don't mind the phones, but not all the time
etc, etc

then I thought about the kind of jobs that would be able to combine these skills and looked at what was out there in the job market by looking online. I came up with Marketing Assistant or some sort of junior copywriter and strted to focus on them.

Of course, I then saw an ad for a completely different job and got that!
gamiila
Jun. 24th, 2004 04:56 am (UTC)
Of course, I then saw an ad for a completely different job and got that!

Yes, and you're going to have to tell me about that soon! Congratulations, whatever it is!
bogwitch
Jun. 24th, 2004 04:59 am (UTC)
And I will later. Just got to get back to work now.
indri
Jun. 24th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
you are fun to know and extremely entertaining in your interactions with people on a 1-to-1 basis

Which at least suggests to me that you shouldn't have a job with a windowless office and no interaction with colleagues :)

I looked at a book called "What Color is My Parachute" which is very, very American and self-helpy but does contain useful advice and exercises.

But what was pivotal to me was a question wiseacress asked as a get-to-know-you online quiz. She asked, "What have you done that you've been most proud of?" And I realised that, more than my research work, I was proud of having done something useful for the environment. So I came back to South Australia to work again for the company that let me do that.
gamiila
Jun. 25th, 2004 02:20 am (UTC)
What Color Is My Parachute? I'll see if I can't get hold of a copy...thanks!
indri
Jun. 26th, 2004 04:39 am (UTC)
Many libraries carry it (at least in the US and Australia). It is off-putting in its manner, at least to me. But useful.
jonesiexxx
Jun. 24th, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
"What Color is your Parachute" also helped me a great deal.

I have to leave any minute, but his is really a quick note to say that I'm superb at marketing myself, and I'll try to put some thoughts together for you.

gamiila
Jun. 24th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC)
Would you? That'd be marvelous -- thanks!
vegmb
Jun. 28th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC)
With your background and personality so many things come to mind as possible careers. Have you ever considered doing historical research or working for a museum? Also, how did the class you were teaching work out and would have you thought about teaching more?
gamiila
Jun. 29th, 2004 01:45 am (UTC)
Have you ever considered doing historical research or working for a museum?

Not only have I considered it, I've also been there and done it! ;-) Unfortunately, jobs in these areas are few and far between, and usually only available on short-term or freelance contracts.

As to the class I taught recently: that worked out fine and I enjoyed it, but I have no formal teaching qualification -- in the Netherlands, that means I'm allowed to pass on my knowledge on any subject I please in a private capacity, but not be employed as a teacher. I'd have to go back and do a 2-year course in order to get the qualification -- longer if I want to do it parttime...and I just can't spare the time.

However, there was a curator job advertised in last Saturday's paper. It's at the Architectural Institute so right up my street; you never know, I might get lucky. Although knowing how the Institute works as well as I do, I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out they already have found their candidate and are just advertising the job because they're legally required to do so.
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