Career and job search advice is plentiful, but there is one major thing wrong with a whole lot of it – most of it focuses on convincing people that they need to conform to other people’s expectations.
- What to wear
- Surviving the cubicle farm (or the open office)
- What are the “right letters” to have behind your name
- How to flatter the boss
- How to survive in a culture that doesn’t value it’s employees
I’m not a crazy person – of course people need to have appropriate skills, certifications, and experience to get that new job, get promoted, or be considered the rock star on the team. But what we don’t need to do – indeed we shouldn’t do – is focus on being something we aren’t to land a role. It’s far better to understand what we want and who we are, and find an organization that will value that!
I’m a connector – I’ve spent almost 20 years working in a variety of IT roles, some good and some bad – and in that time I’ve learned a lot about what makes me tick, what makes me crazy, and what value I bring to a business. The more I advocate for what I think is right, the more I am able to find opportunities to do important work on great teams and be compensated appropriately.
If you want to figure out how to bring the real you to your career and see the benefits, we should talk.