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January 2005

by Susan Reynolds

As I talk with professionals and executives, I hear a wide breadth of satisfaction and lack thereof expressed with their careers. There have been statistics published that the working population can be divided in thirds in terms of career satisfaction. One third of us are pleased, satisfied, and proud of our careers. One third are frustrated with their lack of growth, lack of compensation, and lack of recognition, and are actively pursuing new opportunities to correct their career shortcomings. Sadly, one third are unhappy and underutilized, but have their career cruise control set on coast. They are taking little to no planned action to evaluate their skills and abilities, nor are they actively pursuing new goals.

Career control and progress must begin with thoughtful evaluation of your current skills and abilities, and your history of accomplishments. After you have objectively reviewed your background, you must take measure of how motivating you find your current work to be for you. Do you get up in the morning ready and willing to greet the challenges of your workday? Do you know that you are surrounded with like-minded professionals who you enjoy and respect? Do you have a mutual set of missions and goals that are clearly defined, with appropriate resources to achieve them?

These questions can be used to evaluate almost any kind of career position. If you work in a large corporation, if you own your own firm, if you are a consultant, if you work in a government or non-profit organization, any of these situations can be made to stand up to a career satisfaction review. Once you have determined your career's performance to your goals, then you can make plans for any necessary career correction and growth planning. With planned, organized thoughtful action, you will have taken your career cruise control off "coast", and will be driving forward toward new challenges.

Susan Reynolds is a senior partner at Newmarket Careers in Santa Clarita, a job search and career strategy firm geared toward managerial, executive, and senior level professional careers. She can be reached at or 661-755-3308.

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