Stephen Covey's Career Advice To Get Any Job You Want - Part 1

By James Mills, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

"I have given this counsel over and over and over again to many people through the years. A small percentage took it, and in almost every case, they succeeded in getting the job they wanted."

- Dr Stephen R. Covey, Author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

There are millions, if not billions, of people across the world who are not in job roles that provide them the levels of meaning, purpose and fulfilment they are looking for.

So, if you're looking to change roles, employers, industries - or simply to get a job after time out of work - then this article is not only must-read, but also must-learn and must-apply!!

It contains some highly effective advice from the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People; Dr Stephen R. Covey. As the quote above states; the effectiveness of the advice has more to do with applying it than the advice itself. So in the spirit of his observation, this article will also help with the application of Dr Covey's advice.

The Interdependent Reality of Finding a Job

Often we go through education with a significant focus on what we can do by ourselves, but what Stephen Covey stresses is that finding work is not something that purely relies on our qualifications and even our experiences. Ultimately we need to accept that other people will be involved in the whole process; if nothing else the people making the decision whether or not to hire you!

So what this means is that we need to be able to build influence with people.

How do we do this?

It requires personal reflection and action in line with that discovery work.

Here's Stephen Covey's suggested starting point he provides in The 8th Habit:

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