Help me figure out the next steps please
August 21, 2013 12:57 AM Subscribe
How do I recover from my mistakes and rough start in work life?
posted by ichomp to work & money (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Per my last question, my trial period ended and I am now out of work again.
There are important reasons in my not having found a FT, permanent position even after several jobs (and opportunities I've luckily been given):
1) I don't have strong points/ marketable skills
2) The positions I've found haven't been good matches (I'm unqualified, did not perform the job well, or the workplace and I just are not suitable for each other)
3) I have made a lot of mistakes at work (with colleagues, in projects)
I know that I will be able to find some kind of work again, but I want to start a career. I'm lacking.. soft skills like being able to ask people what to do, taking initiative, and being someone people can respect as a colleague. But I don't know the steps to changing that. I don't know how to be firm and stand my ground, or lead others. Overall, I don't add a lot of value to the company and I understand that is why I haven't been able to keep a job.
I also don't know what I should be pursuing. I've tried out different jobs and found that for the most part, I CAN do them. But clearly not long-term or well enough. I don't know what my skills are or what I'd be suitable for. Rather than asking for suggestions, I would like to know how to recover or grow from these experiences. I draw a blank in even starting the job hunt, because I don't know what positions to apply for. How do I start this thing called a career if I don't know what to even look for?
I'm not sure what my marketable skills are. I don't feel like there is anything I'm good that, that would help a company earn more. Please help me!!!!