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January 14, 2013 / Dale Melchin

The Absolute Importance of Finding Work that is Meaningful Part III: Finding Meaning in Current Work and Moving ON

The other method is to simply find meaning in the work you are already doing.  This is a little harder, but it works if you are not in a position to completely retool.  It requires you control yourself rather than be in direct control of your circumstances.  This method is more powerful than the first because you don’t have to manipulate the external environment as much, except for your regular job.

In my day job I work as a customer service representative.  For the most part, I enjoy the job.  The way I find meaning is that I am truly helping others with a problem they have in their life.  I frame it by looking at is as though I am helping them stay connected with their friends and family.  I look at it that way if I am helping them troubleshoot the phone or helping them understand how to work it better.

If I am reviewing their account, I find ways to help them get more out of their service, or if needed I help them be more responsible with their bill by helping them save some money if they are using less than their service calls for.

That part of it is relatively easy.  However that method fails when I am dealing with a customer who is demanding credits for their service.  At that point I am conflicted between giving them what they want and helping enable their bad behavior.

Ultimately, the best approach is to integrate both approaches.  If you are in a position where you can immediately change, by all means, adjust your frame of mind to your job, but do the assessments and profiles and do the work needed to get a handle on yourself and who you are.

After you get a handle on how you are start job hunting.  You can do this either by job hunting within your organization or if that is becoming less and less of an option, feel free to hunt outside of your organization.  You can position yourself as an excellent candidate for almost any job within your skill set.  The key is you have to sell yourself to the interviewer.

As you move forward, you will be able to cause your true self to emerge, and find work with real meaning.

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  1. ram0ram / Jan 14 2013 9:44 am

    Reblogged this on ram0ram note book.

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