Are you a good alignment with your job? Are you meeting or exceeding expectations? Does your value offering align with what is really needed or is it a bit of a side hustle?
People often try to differentiate between a job and a career.
It is a thoughtful process that makes a lot of sense.
It’s not uncommon that life gets in the way of careers. People get caught up in the hustle and bustle of living and their paycheck has provided the pathway. Suddenly, they are ten years deep and not really sure where things are headed.
In some cases, they haven’t even taken the time to think about it.
Have you ever felt like this?
In economics we often cite supply and demand as a driving factor for price.
It’s also true in your job.
Have you asked your employer about your alignment with what the organization needs in the next six months, or next year? Do you have the right skills?
What training would help close gaps? What experiences would make a greater impact?
Are you a good value to your employer?
People sometimes believe they need a different employer when what they really need is better alignment with their current situation.
Businesses change, customer needs change, and of course, the economy and social aspects change. If you were the best alignment five years ago, is that still true today?
Job or position growth is a two-way street. Yes, the employer has duties and responsibilities and so does the employee.
Where are you bringing value? What value can you bring in the future?
Perhaps the only way to determine this is by asking questions. Yet, many employees try to do it by making demands.
Know your value offering. More importantly, realize whether you are the best fit or not.
The best way to assess your fit is by asking questions, not telling your story.
You may have a job and not a career because you haven’t asked the right questions.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.