Stupid Career Mistakes: Not Asking Yourself These Questions Regularly |

People allow themselves to be whisked through their careers by one employer or another and never allow themselves to get centered on what serves them. Ask yourself these questions.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a career and leadership coach, the head coach for I used to work in recruiting and did it for more than 40 years, filled more than 1200 full time positions plus consulting assignments. And, having been a recruiter, I understand how people get moved along a conveyor belt. and I'm trying in my career now as a coach to decode some of the things that happened to you so that you improve the job search, your hiring processes, or management, more effective in the workplace and can take control of your career again.

Because what I found over the course of my career in search is that most people are moved along the conveyor belt that an organization wants them to flow through so they get maximum advantage. The company gets maximum advantage but not the employee, not you.

So, my issue for today is, you know, people make this mistake of abdicating responsibility for their career to their employer, and they forget to ask themselves. A few very simple questions that I think will really serve you as a professional and help you get centered at regular intervals in your life. Set a reminder on your phone to do this, because, frankly, it'll go through your head and you'll forget. So, if you did this every year, I think that's enough. If you want to do it more frequently, great! But here are the three questions I want you to ask yourself.

And the first one, you're not going to get right away, but I'd like you to think of it seriously and write down your answers, right. The question is, "Who are you?" That's the first question.

The second question is, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" Now, that's the question we asked children. But as adults, we forget to ask ourselves that question as though we're a finished product today, and there's no further evolution that will exist for you. So, "what do you want to be when you grow up," is the second question to you.

And, the third one is "what's most important to you in a job or organization?" I think these three questions rebalance you so you can start thinking of your career as being yours because my belief is, most people act like employees as opposed to being the chairman or chairwoman of their own enterprise. And, like I said, they get moved along that conveyor belt until ultimately, they wind up . . . Well, I won't tell you where you'll wind up. I'll just simply say, it's never quite the place you want it to be.

But fundamentally, you need to own your own career and own your own life. And remember this .Atregular intervals, "Who I am I, What do I want to be when I grow up? What's most important to me In a job or an organization?" And then, of course, you can make comparisons with your current role to see how well it matches up.

Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. If you're interested in one on one coaching from me or getting a lot more information, visit my website, which is I've got thousands of posts there that you can watch, listen to or read that'll help you find work more quickly.

Hope you have a great day and take care!


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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