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Experiencing a career crisis? – 11 Questions to get you back on track

Career stagnation is one of the most frustrating experiences anybody can go through. Some people have continuous career success; some experience lulls and some end up in a downward spiral and struggle to pick themselves up.

To get around this, you need to peel back the layers to understand what is behind the crisis, and that involves a proper understanding of what inspires and motivates you. Here are eleven thought-provoking questions you need to ask yourself to help you put an action plan together to get you back on track.

1.      Am I using my time, background and experience effectively?

2.      What things can I control in my career?

3.      What is achievable?

4.      How do I come across to others?

5.      What are my weaknesses?

6.      What’s great about my career so far?

7.      What are my core values?

8.      Am I aligned with my values?

9.      What does success look like to me?

10.  Where do I want to be in my career five years from now?

11.  How can I move forward and facilitate the achievement of my goals?

In the words of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “success at anything will always come down to this: focus and effort and we control both.” Regardless of where you are in your career, your attitude will play a crucial part in determining your career trajectory.

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4 questions you need to ask before contemplating a job move

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Disruptive change has prompted many employees to reflect on their careers. As skills sets become scarcer in certain professions and sectors, individuals with particularly hard to find skills sets are increasingly in demand. Faced with increased probability of getting a call from a head-hunter/recruiter, here are three questions you need to ask yourself before considering a potential career move.

  1. Will the opportunity offered, improve my quality of life?
  2. If I chose to stay in my current role, what is the next step for me with my current employer?
  3. What isn’t working for me in my current role?
  4. Will the proposed role add value to my career in the long run?

Focusing your discussion on the above four questions will ensure that you cover the critical aspects with the head-hunter/recruiter. By doing this, you will keep the conversation flowing and allow yourself to make an informed decision about whether or not to progress discussions to the next level.

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