EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

Have you ever wondered who is that guy/gal in the mirror? I’m sure we all stare at that familiar face from time to time, but the real question is who are you and what do you do best?

You would think that if you just took a few minutes and read your own resume, you could solve this one, but you would be wrong. Although it is possible you know yourself well enough to come up with an appropriate answer, for most people it would be a good idea to ask those who know you best what they think it is you do. The answers might surprise you.

Early in my career when I worked for “the big corporation” I participated in some group psychological testing. More recently, but still over 20 years ago, I participated in Myers-Briggs type testing. The bottom line (Is that an accountant speaking or what?) is that the more you are aware of who the real you is, the more likely that you will be successful in finding a management style and I would hope a job that is best suited to you.

One of the things that some really good outplacement firms do is to put you through what they call a 360 degree review. On your behalf, they contact folks to whom you reported, a few who reported to you and finally some peers. In this way, they hope to see the real you and explain back to you who it is you are and how others perceive you.

Duplicating this in “real life” or on your own isn’t all that easy, but if you are lucky enough to have a few close but honest friends you just might be able to come close.

It also pays to do more than a little heavy thinking on your own about your career and those parts of it where you felt you were at your best. What are those things that you brag about when you discuss your career? The question I would ask is, are they on your resume?

The panic that fills the heart of someone who is active in their search can lead one to repeat all the mistakes of the past in the headlong plunge to replace your lost income. Coming to terms with who you are and what you do best can pay big dividends.

Those who would like to share their thoughts on their solutions to this process of “self-discovery” should send their contributions to Leads@TheFENG.org. Please be clear if you want your name used. Editing is difficult enough for Leslie, but reading between the lines where you say you don’t want your name mentioned doesn’t always happen and I don’t want anyone embarrassed.

Regards, Matt

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