We have been programmed by industry, college degree programs and even want ads to departmentalize both work skills and work opportunities. We think of jobs by industry and train and educate ourselves to perform in a specific work arena: manufacturing, retail, transportation, medical, legal, etc. Early in our careers, we tend to group our educational and work skills and assign them a single job label: automotive design engineer, fashion retail buyer, teacher, human relations specialist, etc. By departmentalizing our job skills, we self-limit ourselves and make it more difficult to see how our skills can transfer to new opportunities.

For many people, finding a new application for their skills and experience is the biggest stumbling block to creating new career opportunities. By defining their skills too narrowly or limiting their skills to a specific industry, people fail to consider all available options and often fail to even recognize potential job opportunities.

As we’ve been discussing in our recent posts, launching a new career requires creative thinking. It also requires that you consider your work skills in a broader sense than you may be used to. Finding your passion and discovering your purpose are the two key steps that must be taken before you start looking for new career paths. By breaking your skills down into their essential elements and determining what elements of work offer you the greatest personal satisfaction, you peel off the departmental labels that limit your search for new career opportunities (see our two previous posts).

You can juice your creative energy by spending some time on Monster.com, Career Builder or any of the big online¬†employment marketplaces. LinkedIn has also become an excellent employment platform. Cruise through the listings and note areas that seem interesting to you. Don’t limit your search to areas in which you actually have experience. You’re trying to get out of that rut, remember?

Once you’ve come up with some intriguing areas of interest, start looking at the specific job skills required and see where your current skills match up. Then go for it and list your services on Zoondy!