Your “Right Fit” Job
© Julia Erickson 2009
This workbook is a practical guide for anyone seeking their “right fit” job: work that isfulfilling, doing what you love. It can be used whether you are unemployed, currently working,newly out of school, or re-entering the workforce. It’s your “virtual coach” taking you each step ofthe way through your successful search. And it uses simple techniques adapted from marketing toensure that you reach your market: the employer and job you really want.Why do I focus on finding your “right fit” job? It’s simple: You will be spending a lot oftime on your job search. You can spend that time more effectively.
Since you have to look for a job anyway, it makes sense to look for one that will make you happy.
We spend 8 or more hours a day, 40 or more hours a week, 48 weeks a year at work.Some of us see the people we work with more than our families. To spend any of this timeunhappy is a truly horrifying prospect. Can you imagine getting up for work to spend time withpeople you don’t like, doing things you don’t enjoy, earning less than you are worth, in a placethat is depressing and just not the right place for you to grow and be happy?I’ve been there, in a job where I worked ridiculously long hours, suffered criticism andbackstabbing, and earned much less than my peers. Many days, I could barely pull myself out ofbed and make myself face those people and that office. I began getting back pain and gainingweight. I rarely saw my friends and family, and barely had time to make phone calls, see adoctor or do laundry. One night, I found myself in tears on the street after finally leaving a last-minute, hours-long meeting. I cried from frustration over the evening’s cancelled plans. And Icried because I knew I’d just have to turn around and come back the next morning for more of thesame. It was too much. I felt I couldn’t do it any more.Of course, I did go back the next day. But that night I resolved that I would look for a newjob, a job that I would love doing. I determined that, soon, I was going to love going to work.That night, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t settle for anything less. I decided that Ideserved to be happy at work.I succeeded in reaching that goal, using tools from my many years of personaldevelopment work and with help from some great friends. After two years of trial and error andgreat perseverance, I finally landed the job of my dreams as Executive Director of City Harvest, aNYC hunger relief charity. I stayed there 11 years, growing it to help feed more than 265,000 aweek by delivering over 25 million pounds of food each year and raising more than $11 milliona year in private donations. I loved going to work every morning, knowing I would do work Ireally loved and believed in, work I was great at, and with people I truly admired and loved.