TAP In with Tristan : Expand Your View

Tristan Layfield kicks off an honest conversation on expanding your view of what options are available to you.

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. This week I want to have an honest conversation on expanding your view of what options are available to you.

I’ve been having conversations with job seekers who tell me that their job is wearing them out and they’re looking to do something different. They want to change their jobs so badly that they hop on job boards and start looking for new positions. When I ask them to provide me with some job descriptions that have piqued their interest, they send me postings for the exact role they told me they wanted to leave. Have you ever been in that position? Don’t worry; it’s a common mistake, and most of us aren’t even aware that we’re doing it.

There are typically three reasons why job seekers fall down this pigeon hole:

1. They are comfortable in those type of roles.
2. They think they’ve reached a pinnacle and believe these roles are the best they can do.
3. They aren’t sure what other options are out there that may align with their skillsets.

To me, all of those lead to one thing…they have a very narrow view of what they want to do and where it is possible to do it.

If you find yourself scrolling through pages and pages of the same position that you said you wanted to get away from, work to expand your view. Become aware of what other career opportunities may be out there. Otherwise, you’re going to be dealing with the same mess in a similar role, just at a different company.

If you aren’t sure where to start, seek out some help. You may want to start with a mentor or sponsor, but ultimately, I’d suggest trying to work with a career coach to help you think outside of the box and identify roles you didn’t know existed but are perfect for the experience you have.

Thanks for tapping in with me today! Don’t forget; I’m now taking submissions from you all on career questions, issues, concerns, or advice you think may help others! So make sure to submit yours at bit.ly/tapintristan.

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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