As career development professionals, we are adept at spotting areas for improvement in our clients’ resumes, and we can pinpoint ways in which they might better achieve their employment and career management goals. Objectivity is our ally when we seek to give someone else advice. But what if it is our own career that needs guidance, or our own resume that requires revising? As someone relatively new to the field, this is a dilemma that is very familiar to me.
Full disclosure: I have been trying to obtain a position in the field for a long time now, with little success. The problem is, since it is my own career at stake, I find it difficult to determine exactly where the problem lies and thus I am unable to figure out the solution. I have no objectivity, so instead of moving forward I find myself stuck in limbo, frustrated that I can’t seem to figure things out.
This situation begs the question: what does the career professional do when personally in need of career help? If the problem is not one that can be easily resolved, should the career professional seek out the guidance of another? Have any of you encountered this problem? If yes, what did you do to help resolve the issue? I’d love to hear any tips you might have for how we can aid our own careers when we’ve lost perspective and the ability to see things clearly. If you’ve never dealt with this lack of clarity, what has been the key to keeping your personal career development on track?