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Are you feeling stuck in your current position, seeking a new one, or contemplating a career change? In this interview, author and career coach Valerie Sutton answers common questions about career development. For those thinking about a new career, she offers advice on assessing your passions and your personality, knowing when you need more education to get the job you want, and researching hiring trends in the industries that interest you. For those actively searching for jobs or getting back into the job market after an absence, she discusses how to write resumes and cover letters that speak to your talents, impress potential employers, and help you land an interview.
Jeff Layton: It seems like oftentimes friends or family will say "just follow your passion and the rest will fall into place." Is that good advice? Valerie Sutton: Uh, it's common advice. For me, it sets you up for failure if you don't find that one thing that you are passionate about, and the reality is you can be great at a lot of different things. So, it's about analyzing yourself, what you like, what you enjoy, and then saying, hey where would this fit in the industries that are surrounding me? How might I play this out in a role that I take with a company? But to set yourself up and say you know you just find your passion, what happens if you don't find it? You don't want that to happen right, Jeff.
Jeff: No. I think I am involved with my passion now with work, so there is room for knowing your passion. Valerie: Absolutely. There's there is definitely room, and again it's thinking about what you really enjoy doing. And as long as you're getting to do that for the majority of time in your work environment, you are going to be successful. And as long as you know that you can take this to other areas, if by chance you would need to change jobs, let's say your partner finds a new job, moves to an area that your expertise isn't needed in, so then if you know yourself really well, you can say, how can I apply this in the Valerie: new location where I'm moving to? Jeff: Mmhm.
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