“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I’ve chosen to share this quote with you because it reflects my philosophy about career transitions.  These are challenging times; the recession has reached far and wide and affected individual careers, incomes, retirement plans and the ability to sustain a rewarding lifestyle.  But even in the darkest of times, there are still career conquerors that rise to the occasion and brighten their lights.  Take the following quiz to gage how ready you are to “Let your inner worth shine”.

  • Are you willing?  You may be anxious or fearful about career transitions… but are you willing to commit to the process?  To make that leap of faith?
  • Are you curious?  Are you willing to look inward and evaluate your values, beliefs, strengths and passions? Do you want to learn how they relate to career fields and industries?
  • Do you recognize the value proposition that you bring to employers in order to fully leverage your power and become more competitive?
  • Do you view change not as an obstacle but an opportunity for growth?
  • Do you utilize knowledge of the job market, well-defined career strategies, and a tool kit full of self-marketing resources to successfully become the candidate of choice?
  • Do you build in accountability measures to ensure your success?
  • Do you recognize the value of supporting partners (friends, families, colleagues or career coaching professionals) in your job search?

If you can answer “yes” to the majority of these questions, congratulations!  You have the attitude and knowledge to light your path on your way to that next satisfying job or career.

If you answered “no” to one or more questions, you may want to seek personal or professional to help you polish up those windows and let your inner light shine through.

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Copyright 2010 – Dumont Gerken Owen, Ph.D.  All Rights Reserved.

1 Response to “Job Seeker Quiz: Are you Really Ready for Your Job Search? ”

Mark Henry
January 24, 2011
9:49 am

Comment :


I love the quote and agree that it is precisely when times are shaky that the strength of the foundation shines forth. Transition time can be challenging emotionally and financially but it can also deliver tremendous positive results. It can be a time to discover and/or reconnect with who you are and where you want to go. The questions you asked highlighted the importance of using multiple touch points in a search. And also the value in offering help wherever you can.



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