Want a career (or business) that brings a smile to your
heart? Don't know exactly what that career might be? This
list of ideas can start you on your way. Make the process
fun by visiting your favorite place -- the beach, mountains,
wherever -- where you can compile your lists and daydream,
Seven years ago, I completed the process described below by
trial and error -- or was it error and error?! I didn't have
a non-biased person, such as my coach or a consultant to
support and assist me in the process. I created the process
as I went along. You are much luckier than I was at the
time! You have this Life Resume and you know where you can
go to hire a coach!
|Take an assessment test: personality, skills, etc. I have
compiled a few lists of free online assessment tests and
quizzes for you at www.coachmaria.com/articles.html Also
check your local phone book for college career centers,
career consultants, or career counselors who offer such
tests and other helpful services. Go online to visit the
coach referral resources located at
|Start a new type of resume. List the first paying job you
had and then start writing down all the tasks you performed.
You will not be graded on your penmanship... promise!
|Compose a volunteer resume, same format as above - listing
the positions and tasks you performed.
|Create a list of what you volunteered to do when you went
to school. What organizations did you belong to? What
projects did you volunteer for? If you're a mom and/or wife
(dad or husband), add lists for those areas, too! You're
putting together a "this is your life resume".
|Create a list of every career you've ever thought you
might enjoy since you were 5 years old. (Ages 6-10 are
|Now go back to all your lists and cross off every task
that drove you crazy, or that you couldn't stand doing, or
that you promised yourself you'd never do again! Ask
yourself, "is this something that I would enjoy doing for 8
|Take a look at what you are left with and look for the
patterns. For example: Did you enjoy teaching in each paying
and volunteer position you've held? Does organizing or
working with numbers or working with your hands come up in
your descriptions time and time again? Does a clear picture
of your ideal career or business shine through?
|If your ideal career isn't evident yet, try these
|Visit the Department of Labor Occupational Outlook
Handbook at http://stats.bls.gov/oco/
|Ask people, what careers someone would have if they were
doing __________ (the things you enjoy doing)?
|Consider this...you have the perfect life while you are
enjoying working. What would you be doing? OR you won a
million dollars and the only stipulation in receiving it is
that you'd have to continue working. What would you be
Now, go find your ideal career (or business)! Or create
something wonderful and new!! Take some classes if need
be... and above all, SMILE...
With special thanks to the John Crystal Institute (NYC),
Richard Boles, and the many other authors who wrote books
I've read or studied over the years. Also thank you to
everyone who was unable to create their resume, and instead
asked me to design it for them.
© 2002 Maria Marsala, President of Maria's Place: Coaching,
Consulting and Courses. Maria works with daydream believers
individually and in groups to custom-design systems and
solutions that create professional success. For a free
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