Duh! You REALLY Don’t Know What You Want?

At a recent job fair in Omaha, Nebraska America’s Job Coach was amazed at the number of people who DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT TO DO!!

America’s Job Coach asked over 100 people there the question of “What kind of work are you looking for?” At least 50% said “I don’t know,” or “Oh, I can do a lot of things…”

WRONG!! If you are on a job hunt and expect an EMPLOYER to decide for you what you want to do with your life or what you should do for your work life, you most likely will have to KEEP looking for work.

Employers are looking for two things: 1.) People who can do a very specific task for them in an efficient, helpful, professional and educated way, or, 2) People who are “raw talent” who are incredibly moldable and who have such great attitudes the potential employer will just have to hire them if they are adding entry-level or general talent.

Which one are you?

“As a Customer Service Rep for your firm, I can retain and expand your customer base due to my strong people skills and business savvy.”

Most would agree that that kind of pitch will get you hired faster than, “Well, I can do a lot of things;” or, “I’m not sure what I want to do.”

Reminds me of the concept of a TwitterVator Speech which you can learn about at this link: here on YouTube.

Check it out and PLEASE have an answer for the question of ‘What do YOU want to do “out there?”

America’s Job Coach
Author: Laid Off & Loving It for 2010

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  1. Paul,

    You are so right on the mark with this post. The other comment I often hear in my networking groups is “I just don’t know what I want to do when I grow up.” and that can be people in their 40s and 50s.

    Really this must be a symptom of the economic downturn and slow recovery. There are so many people who have worked for years for the same employer that are finding themselves out of work and for 6-12 months or longer. These long-term unemployed struggle with what to do since the jobs they once had, no longer exist and finding a new job is different than how they went about it 20 years ago.

    They should take your sound advice and focus on their strengths, craft a direction and TwitterVator speech.


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