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Job Shaping vs. Job Hunting – And Big News On The Horizon!

St. Louis Post Dispatch career column

The following is an excerpt from my latest St. Louis Post-Dispatch career column, titled Try “Job Shaping” Before “Job Hunting.” It introduces a fresh concept that I believe can help one find more satisfaction in their career before jumping into the job search pool.

At the end, please note an announcement about a new career network that I’ll have more news about soon – I have no doubt it will make a big impact on anyone who wants to leverage it for their career!


Most of us are familiar with terms like “job transition,” “job hunting,” “job satisfaction” and “job hopping.” But have you ever heard of “job shaping”?

Before we break down this new term, consider the causes and effects of discontent in your job. Maybe your work is dull and lacks challenge. Or it could be you’re trying to fit a 12-hour day into 10. Or possibly your current job isn’t preparing you for greater responsibility and growth. When we feel these kinds of stresses on the job, we often turn to two options:

1. Transitioning into a new job or role within the organization.

2. Leaving the organization all together.

But we (and the organizations we work for) rarely think about what could be achieved by giving energy and thought to shaping our career.

So, what does “job shaping” mean? First, it means thinking about what aspects of the job currently do work for you. What duties give you joy and energy? Once you have identified these positive aspects of your job, look around and ask yourself how you could use them to enhance, fix or solve business problems. This will help you begin to “take shape” of what is best about your job and where you want to invest more time and energy. Now, if you can’t truthfully identify ANY aspects of the job you enjoy, you probably should become a job hunter instead of a job shaper. But, hopefully, it’s the latter!

Continuing on — once you’ve identified the new shape… READ THE REST OF THIS CAREER COLUMN AT STLTODAY.COM.