Carolyn Greco on Job search and happiness: right city, right position

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Carolyn Greco, FACET CEOIt wasn’t long ago that a CNN report and an unrelated Gallup poll not surprisingly found that the “happiness” factor of Americans could be linked to two important criteria: living in a city that has a sense of “community,” and working in industries that are alive and well.

At the time, Gallup’s survey reflected the trend in Americans’ desires to find a friendly town without sacrificing outdoor activities and nightlife. The respondents in the Gallup survey reflected upon the sense of “well-being” that their cities deliver. Understandably, the happiest Americans are those who are gainfully employed doing what they love, and living where they love.

The happiness equation has the two distinct parts. So, can that happiness equation still be found in today’s economy? I think it can.

The portrait of a happy worker is complete by having a job in a strong industry. Where there are paychecks, there is a tendency to be happy. Careers on an upswing contribute to workers’ feelings of well-being. And right now, America offers us strong careers in numerous industries.

Smart careerists watch the landscape of opportunity, and adapt as needed to geographical and market changes. They go where the potential for happiness is greatest. When careers and “communities” come together, you have the magic combination for creating the life of your dreams. It isstill possible to do in 2014, no matter what the naysayers would have you believe.

So, let’s talk about some of the cities and industries creating happiness right here, right now.

Cities topping the happiness meter these days include a selection that should, well, make anyone happy. For example, if you love the South, take a ride along the Interstate 10 corridor and check out two destinations: Houston and Lafayette.

The epicenter of the energy industry, Houston is a stable, cosmopolitan city alive with the current pace of America’s thriving oil and gas exploration. It’s a solid financial center as well, and home to one of the planet’s finest medical centers. It’s an excellent career seeker’s destination. And if you’re looking for that sense of community, it certainly can be found in Houston’s many diverse neighborhoods. Houstonians welcome hard workers with open arms.

If happiness to you is about big opportunities in a smaller population center in the South, Lafayette could be the perfect place for you. With an entrepreneurial, independent culture alive with French Acadian/Creole “joie de vivre,” you could land in its solid professional culture of oil and gas, technology, medicine, education and law. If a “small town vibe” with Houston and New Orleans via I-10 close by makes you happy, Lafayette has your name on it.

Out West, San Jose, Calif., makes the “happiness” list because it still offers a robust economy with its tech companies, coffee shop incubators and industry start-ups. The frosting on the cake is its proximity to San Francisco. Seattle, Wash., referred to as the “Emerald City” because of its stunning forests of evergreens and unbeatable water and mountain views, is also the home of Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks. Seattle’s population tends to be loyal to their city and its eco-friendly commitment to fresh air, fresh local produce and fresh seafood. If your career interests lie in environmental science and sustainability, Seattle is Mecca.

Hopefully, this snapshot of thriving cities shows you just how promising the landscape is right now for career and life happiness. Loving what you do and where you live are two big components of the happiness equation. So, go where the potential for your own happiness lies, and begin it.

Now is a great time to start.

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About facetteam
FACET is a human resources consulting firm specializing in the four phases of the Talent Management Cycle: Attract, Retain, Develop, and Transition. The Group's practice specifically addresses facilitation of smooth career/life transitions for individuals leaving organizations as well as career management, leadership training and coaching for employees whose assignments within organizations are impacted by change or other organizational needs. By application of several directions of pursuit, the corporation accomplishes a single goal: maximum utilization of human resource potential and productivity through efficient hiring, training and career development. The Facet Group was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. As an ARBORA GLOBAL PARTNER, The Facet Group shares a parallel philosophy of the highest quality and standards with other owner invested firms. Through this network, we provide services worldwide. To address organizational needs outlined by its clients, The Facet Group offers a comprehensive package of workplace consulting services, focusing on providing high quality, creative programs which favorably impact the bottom line.

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