Peter Weddle’s CareerFitness Newsletter

February 19, 2016

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Career Fitness: Make Sure You Get Career Insurance

A recent survey by Glassdoor found that 45 percent of those who are currently employed expect to change jobs within the next 12 months. What kind of position will they consider? The same kind a person in transition should be looking for: a career advancement opportunity.

There are, of course, many different reasons for taking a job and those reasons often determine the kind of opening to which we apply. Some of us are looking for a position that offers a high salary. Others want a job with great benefits. And still others search for work that’s only a short commute from home.

Such goals can shape successful job searches, of course, but only in the short term. They will get you off unemployment or put more money in your pocket; they can give you medical insurance or more time with your family. They do not, however, guarantee sustained career success. They’re term insurance, not whole career insurance. They cover you for awhile, but not for the long haul. And in today’s unpredictable economy, being always protected is a must.

How do you find such protection? Get career insurance.

Look first for a different kind of job, one that will position you for long term success. Make finding a “career advancement opportunity” your first priority and then look for the other factors – pay, benefits, the commute – that are important to you.

Why are these opportunities so good for your career? Because they motivate and support you to perform at your peak. They enable you to excel at your work, grow in your field and be rewarded for your contribution. And those outcomes are the best insurance you can get for a long and successful work-life.

Finding Career Insurance

What makes a job a career advancement opportunity?

It meets two important criteria:
• The job itself challenges you to do your best, while offering access to new knowledge and experiences that can be helpful to you in the future.
• The organization offering the job enables you to do your best, by offering an environment and the resources that position you for success.

How can you evaluate a job to see if it satisfies those two criteria? Ask yourself these five questions:
• What will I get to do?
• What will I get to learn?
• What will I get to accomplish?
• With whom will I get to work?
• How will I be recognized and rewarded?

If you can’t answer those questions about a job or if the answers you do get leave you less than excited about the prospect, don’t accept an offer – no matter how enticing it may be. A good employer will want you to have all of the information you need to determine if its job is as good for you as it is for the organization. To put it another way, a good employer will want you to have career insurance because by protecting your success, its success is protected as well.

Thanks for reading,