“My boss is driving me crazy. What can I do about it?”
“My co-worker got a promotion, even though I do a better job.”
“My career isn’t going in the direction I want it to. How can I change?”
The starting point for almost any question about your career, says career columnist Penelope Trunk, is: Know yourself better. “Self-knowledge is what helps you solve your problems,” she says.
You can answer almost any career question by applying a little introspection, rather than looking for solutions. Answers to the questions above might be:
“Consider what you can do differently so that your boss responds to you differently.”
“Understand that your co-worker may be more likable. Figure out ways to make yourself more likable.”
“Pinpoint your unique combination of skills and craft a better résumé.”