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Jack of all trades seeks real career

Published on Thursday, 09 May 2013
Debbie Matson

I have been with the same company for 13 years, performing an array of job functions including administration, pricing management, sales administration and GSA administration. The company knows my work ethic so they are always trying to find more for me to take on board, but I’ve kind of become the jack of all trades here. What I actually want is to find a career, not just a job. I’m interested in executive administration, pricing, GSA administration and possibly sales. Can you give me any advice? TC

My immediate question would be to ask if you have shared your interest with your employer? Your company already knows and trusts you and could be ready to help you to build your career. I would suggest that you do not neglect this option as part of your search.

To kick-start your job hunt, it would help to understand a little bit more about how you define career. What do you do that interests you most? What motivates you: salary, responsibility, title, the role itself? Is there a role that you would like to explore? Ideally you should try and network with a person in that position. Get a sense about what makes them successful and how they managed their career path.

You may want to spend some time assessing your personal skill set. What has made you successful so far? Do you like meeting new people? Are you open to a position that requires you to meet targets?

Also take a look at your résumé. Think how to summarise your experiences and achievements to bring out themes. Highlight challenges you faced and successful outcomes. For a sales role, include revenue or other financial goals achieved.

If your aim is to try a new industry or role, a contract position may be an ideal first step.

Debbie Matson is managing director of Links International. With a strong regional presence in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau, Links International provides recruitment, payroll and HR services

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