By Dr. Frank Burtnett | Sunday February 11, 2019
Teddy Roosevelt, a man of who wore many career hats during his lifetime, is credited with saying; “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Search and staffing professionals have seen all of these behaviors in their observing the decision-making behaviors of candidates.
Career decision-making, like all choosing of importance, is the application of a set of behaviors or “connecting of the dots” that take the decision-maker one step toward her/his job change or career goal. In order to enjoy the product of the various decisions (i.e., right job, reasonable compensation, relocation, etc.), the candidate has to learn the process and the search and staffing professional may have to be the teacher.
A Career or Job Decision-Making Model
Following is the career decision-making model that I created for my book, Career Errors: Straight Talk About the Steps and Missteps of Career Development. I’ve found that the elements contained in this decision-making model also apply to the job changes that occur early, often and throughout the career development process. Basically, career and job decision-makers must:
Yes…. There are nine stages in the Burtnett decision-making model. But don’t be frighten by any sense of their complexity. You and your candidates apply this model every day---from establishing priorities for your daily calendar to determining what leisure activities you will engage in next weekend. The impact of decisions will vary in intensity, but the same process can lead to the decision-making mastery that everyone needs to learn and master.
Career and job decisions present circumstances that demand the serious application of some type of systematic model. Consider the above offering as a framework that will take into consideration the uniqueness of the decision-maker and nuances of the decision-making circumstances. Encourage candidates to develop and refine a personal decision-making model that is proactive and ready for application to their next important life, career or job decision.