Changing jobs is tough work. I work with many people who are anxious about their job search and they want to start NOW!
One way to speed up the process is to know exactly what you want your job to be. By figuring out what you want your career to look like, you’ll save yourself and potential employers an enormous amount of time. Through using professional assessments, and knowing what you are passionate about before you send out cover letters and resumes, you will become much more focused in your job hunt.
Few of us ask the questions:
- What makes me happy in my work?
- What am I passionate about?
- What things must be present in my job for me to actually be happy?
Imagine the work environment and culture, the daily tasks and the outcomes you enjoy being involved with.
Reviewing job descriptions online can be daunting and discouraging. They are often written by a committee and have more tasks listed than any human could possibly accomplish. You should know that you don’t have to be a perfect match to apply.
- What can you do in the workplace?
- What are your skills?
- What are you good at or trained in?
- What does your education buy you today in the marketplace?
Knowing this makes it easier for you match yourself to job opportunities.
What are the next steps?
1. Get yourself assessed by someone with real assessments. You and your assessments are the only ones who know exactly what your skills are. By knowing your own skills, you’ll be able to more easily find a job opportunity that is the perfect fit for you. Use this to your advantage.
2. In switching jobs, be cautious in choosing a new job because every move you make on your resume counts. If you’re not discriminating when choosing your new job, you may end up with a lengthy work history section, which can be a turn-off for hiring managers and recruiters.
3. On your resume, explain strategic advances in as few job hops as possible. Place jobs that are older than 10-15 years into an “Additional Work History” category stating only the company name, title and years of service. Being cautious when choosing your new job may seem unimportant in the short-term, but choosing the wrong job can potentially cause issues later on in your career path.
Once you’ve assessed who you are and what you want, changing careers becomes much easier and more focused. Be confident in what you bring to the table and employers will be eager to talk with you.
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