Can Numbers Help You Find a Job?

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I am always on the lookout for interesting articles on career. When this one crossed my path earlier this week, I was intrigued. Not so much because I believe that Numerology will solve everyone's job hunting or career reinvention dilemmas. In fact, I can almost guarantee you from the work that I do as a coach that it won't. You can't find the answers you seek somewhere "out there" no matter where you look. You first need to go within. If career satisfaction and happiness were as easy as finding an answer out there somewhere or adding up a string of numbers, then we'd all be experiencing bliss and full employment to our best potential, right?

That said, whether you are open to mystical approaches to career dilemmas or not, I've found there to be some very interesting insights to be gleaned from some of these different avenues. Let me repeat - some potentially worthwhile insights, not answers, prescriptions, or strategic plans. The information you uncover from any approach you take - from the extremely mystical to the fully logical are only as worthwhile as the filter through which it passes. That filter is you and that filter is made up of more than just your head trying to mastermind a logical answer to a spritual crisis as I believe and have found that every career crisis is a spiritual or personal meaning crisis on some level.

So, back to this article on Aol Jobs called "Careers by the Numbers: Using Numerology to Find a Job". It says:

Put simply, numerology is the language of numbers and their corresponding symbolic significance. Each number has its own "vibratory" influence.

Based on the belief that a person comes into this life on a certain date with a certain name for specific spiritual reasons, the "numbers" from this incident are used to describe who a person is and their life map. All you need is the birthdate of an individual to unlock the secrets of numbers.

Each number from one through nine has certain characteristics with strengths and weaknesses, adding an interesting aspect to career choice assessment and job satisfaction.

The article goes on to profile some famous people like Steve Jobs and their birth numbers. So Jobs should thrive with innovation and leadership. Yes he does in a very unique and powerful way. That said, the qualities these numbers equate to are broad so don't expect to find the answers to all your hidden desires here. Paint with a broad brush and take with a salt-lick size grain of salt.

personally, I have traveled the path from complete skeptic of such tools to someone who embraces using them as a small element of personal discovery. They can be interesting and potentially helpful. If nothing else you can hone your own skill of discerning which words accurately portray who you really are (or not).

According to the formula in the article I possess a special "master number" of 11. So it indicates a great power of learning. OK, so I'll buy that is true and where do I go from there? I'm sure the full book would give me more clues and yet I can remember reading Dan Millman's book "The Life You Were Meant to Live" which is also based on numerology and walking away feeling very vague about the insights I received.

That's the important thing to remember with any career or self-discovery tool. It is just one piece of a larger puzzle. That holds true whether it is numerology, Tarot, or a scientifically based assessment. Take it with a grain of salt and a spirit of discovery. Then use it to open you up to further inquiry about who you are, what you really want, where your skills and passions lie, and how this relates to your own calling.

Have you employed any off the beaten path tools to find more career clarity? If so, would love to hear your stories and experiences in the comments.

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Paula Gregorowicz, The Intuitive Intelligence™ Coach
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