I’ve considered new job opportunities for about 8 months now. Before Christmas, I still felt really burned out from my last job, but now I feel ready to start something hard again.

The problem is that I have been watching the job boards and occasionally applying for roles throughout this entire timeframe without finding what I want.

What do I want? Nothing I’ve done before – because I want another big challenge, but with purpose. However, it appears that recruiters only think I’m capable of doing the things I’ve done before in the industries I’ve worked in before. So, I’m stuck in a hard place of wanting to do something meaningful, challenging and different when the “choosers” want me to do the same old thing.

I’ve just asked for a meeting with an old contact, an executive recruiter. I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t have the right role for me, but I feel like he can perhaps help me figure out my next step.

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Tammy Ven Dange

IT Consultant for the Not for Profit Sector | Host of "Executive with a Cause" Podcast

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