So many times when I speak with professionals about their career journey, they are waiting for a job opportunity to open up or have been searching for “something”.  Before jumping from the “frying pan to the fire”, I encourage them to outline what will guide them through a career search so they come out with a more satisfying role at the end of the process.  Here’s how it works:

1. Create a compass to provide direction and focus. 

Your compass is composed of your God-given gifts as well as your core values.

2. Evaluate job opportunities against your compass.

Examine the details of the job to see how well it aligns with your core values and how frequently it allows you to use your gifts. 

3. Narrow your focus to roles or opportunities that most closely align with your gifts while allowing you to stay true to your core values.

Selecting an opportunity that maximizes the amount of time you are using your God-given gifts will lead to more satisfaction as long as the job does not compromise the core values that you hold dear.

By applying this process, you make decisions based on objective facts, especially when you find yourself in times of uncertainty regarding your career path or when you are so ready for a job change that almost anything sounds good.  Just like a real compass, your career compass will point to your “true North” and assist you in finding the role that fits best with your God-given gifts and values.


Lesley provides individualized coaching to professionals who are seeking greater satisfaction in their careers.  She helps professionals uncover their God-given gifts, name their non-negotiable values, and align their career path with those gifts and values to have a greater impact on the world.  Access Lesley’s free self-assessment to determine how well you recognize and use your God-given gifts!