Are you happy with your job? Do you feel stuck? Most people are planning on moving on to another job. But the bitter truth is that they never do. Well, they want to but for some reason they keep doing the same thing they hate for a very long time. Some employees move on because of a terrible boss. Others want to change jobs because their present company culture kind of sucks and they can’t change it.
A lot more employees feel unheard. Now that is also a good reason to wish and plan for a new job. Others complain of no opportunity for growth. However you feel about your job, if it’s not a good fit, you should be planning for that crucial change (if you can).
Your answers to the following questions can help determine if you’re in a job that combines what you like to do, what you do best, and what adds value to the organization. If you aren’t, consider shifting some of your responsibilities or even finding a different position or career.
1. What are you best at doing?
It is amazing how many people spend years trying to get good at what they’re bad at instead of getting better at what they’re good at.
2. What do you like to do the most?
This is not always the same as the answer to question 1. Unless it is illegal or bad for you, do what you like. If it is also productive and useful, it ought to be your career.
3. What do you wish you were better at?
Your answer may guide you to a course you should take or a mentor you should work with. It may also indicate a task you should delegate.
4. What talents do you have that you haven’t developed?
Don’t say none.
5. Which of your skills are you most proud of?
This often reflects obstacles you’ve overcome.
6. What do others most often say are your greatest strengths?
This question helps you identify skills you may not value because they seem easy to you.
7. What have you gotten better at?
This gives you an idea of where putting in additional effort can pay off.
8. What can you just not get better at no matter how hard you try?
This tells you where not to waste any more time.
9. What do you most dislike doing?
Your answer here suggests what tasks you might want to delegate or hire out.
10. Which skills do you need to develop in order to perform your job?
Your answer to this question might lead you to take a course, read a book, or work with a mentor or coach.
11. What sort of people do you work best/worst with?
Do you love to work with highly organized, analytic types? Do creative types drive you crazy? Make up your own categories.
12. What sort of organizational culture brings out the best in you?
It is amazing how many people won’t leave a culture for which they are hideously unsuited.
13. What were you doing when you were happiest in your work life?
Could you find a way to be doing that now?
14. What are your most cherished hopes for your future work life?
What could keep you from realizing those hopes?
15. How could your time be better used in your current job to add value to the organization?
Your answer here gives your manager valuable input he or she may never have thought to ask for.
Questions courtesy HBR