Career Transition – Smart Considerations

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The word transition can have many meanings and also many contexts.  For most when you mention it, the idea of career transition typically comes to mind.  It’s applicable to a wide range of circumstances whether it’s transitioning from college to a first job, or advancing one’s career and moving to a new job, or even somebody contemplating retirement.  Either ways it can be quite a traumatic experience but do people adequately prepare for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead?  To answer this let’s assess what are some smart considerations to managing these types of transitions effectively.

1. Ensure Purpose

In other words think hard about what you ultimately want to gain or where you want this to lead to.  This is not always easy to answer but challenge yourself.  Where do you want to be in one year, five years or ten years?  Is your transition moving you closer to this end and therefore purposeful?  If not, perhaps you should re-assess.

2. Seek Clarity

What if you do not have the answers or have not considered the most pertinent questions?  There are all sorts of resources out there that are free such as friends, family or colleagues to professionals such as a coach, lawyer or accountant.  If you are not sure or looking for greater clarity all of these people are prepared to help you.  All you have to do is ask.

3. Create Happiness

All too often people feel that they must endure or sacrifice something in order to achieve some goal, particularly in career transition.  Make the change for the right reason – do not compromise your happiness.  There are always options and certainly choices to be made.  It might take time or effort but the key is that every day is precious and who knows what tomorrow holds in store.  So work to make your transition a happy one.

There is nothing startling about what is proposed here.  Yet why do so many people find themselves making the wrong choices?  They do so because they pursue money and prestige, which are important to a degree, but only short term fillers.  The real long term fulfillment comes from a place of purpose, clarity and happiness.

Recruiting for Success – FIT

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As the old saying goes, “if you want to know me, come live with me”. And so it is that many organizations, despite rigorous screening processes, very often find out when it’s too late; they have hired the wrong person. When you consider the recruitment fee, signing on bonus, learning curve, etc the costs are huge. According to Eric Koester of, estimates range from 1.5x to 3x of salary for the ‘fully-baked’ cost of an employee.

This is not to say that the current process is bad but rather insufficient. Without doubt a recruiter can provide a reasonable number of potential candidates based on technical expertise and experience. Interviews help in terms of getting a variety of perspectives from people familiar with the organization. However these can be skewed by individuals following their own agendas and not really looking for what’s best for the organization. Will this person show me up? I don’t like where he/she went to college, they’re no fun, etc. Notwithstanding this traditional process, would you really want to marry somebody after two or three dates; I don’t think so. So what’s missing? Read more