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Published on February 1, 2014

Author: traslavina


FourWays to Spend More Time Looking for a Calling vs. a Job Summary: There are fundamental differences between a job and a calling. From the moment you are initially looking for a position to finally accepting an offer, there are creative ways to find a sense of purpose in what you will do. Considering the amount of time you will spend working, aiming for a calling may provide you with the best path to happiness. Key Points: -Spend time identifying your unique attributes. Look for positions that allow you to work on activities that will make you feel in “*flow.” -Broaden your horizons by gaining new experiences, such as traveling the world and spend time working with people from different backgrounds. - Look for a position with descriptions that sound more like creative invitations to join a company, and seek companies that outline their mission, vision and values to determine if they match yours. -Look for opportunities to grow and “rehire”yourself by finding informal moments to learn, teach and inspire. After spending five years interviewing and working with senior leaders, I found that many executives take several years understanding their personal mission and aligning that with their true calling. For some, that moment never arrives and leads to paying the price as a consequence. Maintaining a job without purpose leads to poor decision-making, and challenges related to relationships and health. Previous research on work orientation by Amy Wrzesniewskidivided people’s perception of their work into three subgroups: jobs, careers and callings. People who perceive their work as a job are motivatedby the paycheck. They look forward to Fridays and vacations. People who perceive their work as a career aremore motivated bysalary gains and the prestige involved with career advancement. They look forward to the next promotion. People who perceive their work as a calling are motivatedby thetasks and goals themselves;they mirror who they are, and are aligned with their personal values and interests. Their expectation is to make the world a better place, and they look forward to more work. @traslavina #jobs #purpose #flow #recruiting

I have personally been on the search for a calling for awhile, and now I am convinced that this is a life long process. Realistically, some people may have to transition or take smaller steps to identify their true calling starting with a one-dimensional job followed by a career. If you are fortunate enough to land a calling right after graduation, or decide to open your own enterprise, congratulations! But for the majority, the least we can do is to keep searching for meaningful work and not just settle for a job. Since I have returned tohelping students find meaningful work,I am pleased to share the following advice aboutfinding your calling: 1. Spend time identifying your strengths: Scientifically validated assessments are the best way to understand your strengths by comparing yours to those of top performers. When I worked with senior leaders, I would suggest to them to start by asking themselves the following question:What activities are those which make you feel in “*flow” This concept was introduced by MihalyCsikszentmihalyi. It happens when your use your talents, skills and abilities to push yourself to work througha challenge that you can handle well, so when you are in flow you feel in synch while learning and perhaps discovering new talents. 2. Travel the world: There is no better learning tool than the world itself. By going out of your comfort zone, you may find environments, people and places where you gain insight about yourself and truly determine your strengths and joys. Consider factors such as weather, population, lifestyle, activities, etc. By traveling you may find your dream place and you should start working towards moving there or to a city similar in qualities. For some careers, this may be more restrictive; however, the world is a big place if you open your search criteria you may be pleasantly surprised. 3. Be selective when seeking work. Look for position descriptions that sound more like creative invitations and have the potential to match your calling. Understanding a company’s mission, vision and values is essential to determine the right fit for you. 4. And finally, if you are employed, look for opportunities to rehire yourself by finding informal moments to learn, teach, and helpothers which willidentify activities that match your calling. Getting involved in volunteer committees, social groups and charitable causes are some ways in which you could start transforming your job into a calling. @traslavina #jobs #purpose #flow #recruiting

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