My musical tastes are pretty broad - as my twitter followers know from the changes in my profile there. But one constant in my musical life is George Harrison - I've been listening to his post-Beatles work since I was a kid.
And one of his last songs, "Any Road," comes up frequently in my conversations with potential clients.
Because the tagline - "If you don't know where you're goin', any road'll take you there" is true in a lot of areas of life - not the least the job search.
A client of mine - a very focused individual, so this is in no way relevant to his job search - inspired me to look up the origin of the line. According to the good people at Wikipedia, it's from Alice in Wonderland:
"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don’t much care where--" said Alice. "Then it doesn’t matter which way you go," said the Cat. "--so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you’re sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
A great exchange. From a book I really need to reread. Because - like most great dialog, it resonates directly with so much of our life.
We all want to get somewhere - we all have many personal and professional goals - although those goals may not always be fully clear, or completely conscious. Speaking personally, I have a strong vision of where I want Quantum Tech Resumes to be in a year, in three years, in five years - as well goals for my Wing Chun kung fu training, and other personal objectives.
Of course, just having those goals doesn't guarantee that we'll meet them - as that other former Beatle, John Lennon said, "Life is what happens when you're making other plans."
But while having the plan, the goal, doesn't guarantee that we'll achieve it, not having an objective, not knowing where we're going does guarantee that we'll end up somewhere.
And that somewhere may not be where we want to be. Because every choice has consequences - and an unplanned career too often ends up in a job you don't love, don't find satisfying, and that may not give the options for career advancement you deserve.
That's why I work to help my clients clarify their career direction. Many of the people who contact me for IT resumes know exactly where they want to go. They know their next step - and have their careers planned several moves ahead.
But many others find themselves at a crossroads - often with a couple of very positive options to choose from.
And those can be harder choices than choosing between the proverbial Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
So as an IT career coach and professional resume writer, I listen closely to what my clients are telling me - both directly and indirectly - about the things they love in their jobs - the things that make them excited to get up in the morning and go to work. And I also dig down to discover the challenges - the things that may make their current jobs frustrating, boring, and unsatisfying.
That's a significant value added that my highly personalized approach to the career process brings to my client - and something that differentiates me from those services that provide a less direct, less-hands on approach to creating IT resumes.
Because whether my clients come to me for the development of personalized, hand-crafted IT resumes, or for more in depth IT career coaching, they walk away with more than just a resume.
My clients leave with dramatically enhanced clarity of where they've been. And where they're going.
They know where they're going. And know what road will take them there.
Contact me for a free initial consultation to discuss how my process can help you find more clarity in your career, and help you create - and achieve - your career goals.