Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Things That Drive Scanners Crazy About Traditional Career Advice.
As a Scanner you are probably desperately looking all over the internet trying to find something that will help you cope with life. Especially with regards to your employment and/or career.
I did write a post a few days ago saying that Scanners don't have careers. This refers to those who have scanner personalities but have not discovered this yet. They haven't yet worked out who they are.
Once you do learn that you are a scanner, it is usually a huge relief and weight off your shoulders,
But do NOT, I repeat, do NOT, get into the habit of thinking that this means you dont have to do anything.
That is just NOT true. If you don't do anything, your resume will continue to be job hopping and you will never find any career satisfaction.
I know this from personal experience. I only discovered that I was a scanner when I was in my 40s and had already given up working!!.
Now I am desperate to start working again, and have accepted that I basically have to start all over again. Which is why I am writing this blog.
As far as I can tell, there were only 2 books written about the Scanner personality and they both were published around 2005 and 2006, or 9 to 10 years ago.
Barbara Sher's book, Refuse to Choose, has covered the Scanner personality very well. She also followed up her book with lectures and talks about how to deal with being a scanner for the next eight years. I think that was very admirable of her. Being a Scanner herself, Barbara chose to specialise in this one area for a number of years in order to help and support her readers. And we all know that Scanners HATE being specialists. But there was enough variety amongst the readers to keep Barbara's "boredom" away,
I mention all this because Barbara has now retired from doing the personal lectures, talks and tours. Don't worry. She will still be available online to ask questions and seek help.
The second author who wrote a book on the scanner personality was Margaret Lobenstine. Her book was called Renaissance Souls. She also started a blog and kept mentioning that she was going to write a list about career tips for scanners.
As far as I can tell, no such list was ever posted. Nor has she done any followup and her blog posts are old. Which is sad really. Because I would love to have read that list.
So I have decided to make this list myself.
Over the next few days I will be posting tips that may work for "Normal" people but wont work for Scanners. I will also suggest how scanners can use other career tips to their advantage.
I promise you, with the huge amount of job hopping on MY resume, I have plenty of experience in getting nowhere in the Business world.