Take the Quiz: Does Your Job Still Deserve You?
2016 is almost here! Before you invest another year of your life in the job you’ve got, take the quiz! Find out whether your job still deserves you, or whether you’re wasting your talent working at a job that doesn’t grow your flame!
What did 2015 do for your career? Did you move forward in your career during 2015, or were you stuck in place? If you learned new things throughout the year, then you've got new resume fodder to include the next time you update your Human-Voiced Resume -- the year-end break is a great time to do that!
Your job owes you more than a paycheck! The right job gives you a lot more than just a paycheck! If your job didn't give you valuable resume fodder, grow your credibility and marketability, boost your mojo and move you down your path in 2015, you may have outgrown your job.
Take the Quiz! Take this short quiz to find out whether or not your job still deserves your talents! It's easy -- all you have to do is keep track of the points associated with your answer to each question below, and add up your total points at the end.
Question One: Resume Fodder Resume fodder is anything you can add to your resume -- anything new that you accumulated during the year that's about to end. Resume fodder includes new projects you took on, new tools you learned to use, and anything else that you did for the first time at work and that you can point to when you ask yourself the question "What positive things happened in my career in 2015?"
Choose Your Answer! In 2015, I accumulated a ton of new resume fodder and it's going to take me at least an hour to update my resume when I get around to it (3 points). In 2015, I did one or two interesting things that I can add to my resume when I update it (1 point). In 2015, I did absolutely nothing new at work - no training, no new accomplishments and nothing that I hadn't already done before (0 points).
Question Two: Visibility and Credibility A job that deserves your brilliance for another year is a job that continually grows your visibility inside your organization and outside of it -- for instance, by providing you with networking opportunities you wouldn't have in another job. A job that deserves your talents also grows your credibility as a working person, maybe by giving you public speaking opportunities or projects that let more decision-makers in your organization know what you're capable of.
Choose Your Answer! My job increased my visibility and credibility in a big way in 2015 - I can tell that I'm moving forward in my career! (3 points). My job gave me modest opportunities to grow my visibility and credibility in 2015 - nothing too exciting but better than nothing (1 point). My job gave me literally no opportunities to prove my credibility or increase my visibility as a professional in 2015 (0 points).
Question Three: Recognition We all run on the same fuel, which is called mojo. Your mojo is your life force and your forward energy. You won't get far without it! Recognition for your efforts at work is an important mojo-builder. It's nearly impossible to give your best day after day when your hard work isn't recognized.
What’s Your Answer? I know that my employer appreciates my work, because they tell me and I've been rewarded in other ways for my contribution, either financially or with time off or other goodies (3 points). I am not really sure that my manager or other people at my job know how much I contribute. I got a small raise and no real recognition for my work (1 point). My work isn't acknowledged or recognized in any way (0 points).
Last Question: Your Flame! If your job still deserves you, then it's growing your flame in a big way! Your flame is your passion. If you're excited about your work, that's a good reason to stick around at your job for another year. If you're bored and exhausted, your flame is closing to going out!
Which Answer is True for You? I love my work. It's fun and exciting and I feel like I'm part of a team! (3 points). I'm so-so about my work. Sometimes it's fairly interesting but a lot of it is not challenging or creative in the least (1 point). My work doesn't challenge me, it's monotonous and I'm only here for the money (0 points).
Score Your Quiz! Add up your total points. What’s your total? Read about your score on the next three pages!
Nine to Twelve Points Rock on! You're in the right place. Don't get complacent about your terrific job situation, though - make a personal plan for your learning, visibility/credibility growth at work and your flame-growing in 2016!
Six to Eight Points You're getting some good benefits at your job, but are they enough to keep you from exploring the wide world? If one organization (your current employer) values your talents, then plenty of them will! Why not put a toe in the water and think about what you'd like to do professionally if you weren't working at your okay-but-not-amazing current position?
Three to Five Points A lot of your talent is going to waste at your current job. Why not think about a 2016 job search, beginning with the question "What would I like to do instead of what I'm doing now?"
Zero to Four Points Mother Nature is sending you a loud message, and that message is "Your current job doesn't deserve you! Are you going to let this job keep sucking away your mojo for another year? Forget that idea - you're too smart and capable to waste your talent!"
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