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Quick Career Survey

By Ford R. Myers
President, Career Potential, LLC

When someone contacts me about their career, we have a fairly intensive, wide-ranging conversation. Once I get a solid grasp of their challenges, I usually ask them to complete a short survey form. It’s not a test, and the results are not statistically valid. But the form does provide a good indication or confirmation of the primary career issues the person is facing.

If you’re dealing with career issues of your own, I suggest you complete the form below. It will clarify your situation and constitute a first step toward resolution.

Which of the following statements describe you? (Check all that apply.)

Your career is unfulfilling, or you're stuck in a dead-end job where you're not growing professionally or personally.
You don't know exactly what you want in a career, but the work you’re doing now certainly isn’t it!
You’re contacting employers and recruiters, and applying for jobs, but you’re not getting interviews.
You're eager to get promoted or advance within your industry, but you're having trouble "breaking through."
You’re able to land interviews, but they don’t turn into job offers.
You're dissatisfied with your job, and you want a way out — but you don't know how to go about it.
You're unemployed, or afraid you might be laid off soon, and you want to find a new — and better — job as soon as possible.
You feel burned out, overworked or underpaid, and you want to find an enjoyable job that pays what you deserve.
Your career is not a good fit – and you yearn for work that would more closely match your interests, personality and skills.
You’d like to earn more money and achieve your income potential.
You’re just ready for a fresh, new experience in your work-life.

As indicated above, the first step toward improving your career situation is obviously to “name it.” Now that you’ve identified your current career challenges, what would you like to do about them? Address them on your own? Do nothing? Seek-out help and support?

While you’re considering these options, here are some important questions for you to ponder:

  • What do you think is holding you back from having the job/career you really want?
  • How would getting the job/career you really want impact your life?
  • Where will you be six/twelve months from now if you do nothing?
  • How would earning much more compensation impact your life?
  • How would feeling much more career satisfaction, respect and acknowledgement impact your life?
  • How is not having the job/career you really want affecting your life?
  • How important is it for you to make a positive job/career change as soon as possible?
  • What are you most afraid of as you look at your career (present and future)?
  • What are you most excited about as you look at your career (present and future)?
  • What is the best thing that could happen if you make a positive change in your career?
  • What are the top three career goals you would like to achieve within the next three to six months?

I hope this information will facilitate personal reflection, productive dialogue, and forward movement. As always, if I can be of service, feel free to contact me any time.

About the Author:
Ford R. Myers is an award-winning career coach and President of Career Potential, LLC. He is author of the best-seller, Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring. Ford’s firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! He has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. Ford’s articles have appeared in thousands of publications and web sites, and he has been interviewed on every major television and radio network. Ford has also conducted presentations at hundreds of companies, associations and universities. Learn more at

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