One of the first activities I have my clients do, before they actually start a job search is to develop a “Purpose or Personal Mission Statement.” In examining the values and principals central to their lives and writing down the goals they have for the various roles that they play, clients develop much greater enthusiasm and take greater ownership of their job search activities. I also find that, while some may consider a “Purpose Statement” as “touchy- feely,” clients who have determined what is truly important and who take ownership for their strengths tend to maximize their income while finding their next position in less time.
The “Purpose Statement” serves as the capstone of the assessment process. It incorporates insights gained through accomplishment analysis, personal style and interest inventories, and other commonly used assessment instruments. Once people are clear about what is truly important their actions in the search will be more fully in alignment with attaining their goals.