Effective Brainstorming to Identify Your Career Path

identify your career pathAccording to a 2013 Gallup poll, only 30% of workers feel engaged and inspired at work. How do you feel at work? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, or very unhappy? If you fall into the latter category, what can you do?

It is possible to find career fulfillment, but it can be difficult to narrow down your choices. There are a lot of factors involved in deciding what is right for your career path, and there is no one comprehensive list you can find online to make your decision super easy. This leaves many career seekers overwhelmed and fearful of making any change, even when they are unhappy. So what can you do? Here are four steps to making the internet search easier.

  1. Keywords. It is important to include keywords in your search, because it allows you to hone in on specific industries or companies more easily. A keyword could be one of your interests, skills, or values. Decide what your keywords are, and use them in your internet searches.
  2. General search sites. Doing a general search allows you to cast a wide net and get a basic idea about what is out there.
  3. Brainstorming sites. Plugging in keywords into these sites help you to narrow down your ideas and make your search more real. This can also help you to discover the requirements for a certain job or industry and salary.
  4. Job boards. Visit job boards like monster.com or careerbuilder.com. Don’t forget to check into industry specific sites as well. This will allow to you see what job offers are available.

Stay organized while you job search. We recommend using an Excel file to track things such as:

  • Relevant keywords
  • Career ideas
  • Pages you want to visit
  • Requirements and salary

Hallie Crawford is a certified career coach and founder of HallieCrawford.com. Her team of coaches helps people find their dream job and make it a reality. She is regularly featured as an expert in the media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and US News & World Report. Visit her website at www.HallieCrawford.com for more information about her teams career coaching services and to sign up for a complimentary consultation.