Career Self Assessment: Key to Choosing a Career
You’re tired, frustrated, and at a loss. We know. Your job search doesn’t have to end that way! Instead, start it off right by doing a career self assessment before you move to the job boards. After all, you’ve got to know what you’re looking for before you begin looking for it.
Before You Start
Know Yourself:Make an analysis of your skills and qualifications. Your employers can’t see what a great candidate you are if you’re not even sure what makes you great. Also consider what you’re willing to learn for a job. Understand that when you’re choosing a career, employers are not only interested in what you already know but also in your potential to grow.
Available and Seeking:Part of your career self assessment should involve being aware of what you’re looking for in a job. What is your ideal work environment? What factors are you not willing to compromise on? When you are choosing a career, you should consider factors such as: location, work environment, company culture, employment benefits, management, and organization. Though you are the one seeking employment, that doesn’t mean you have to settle with a position you aren’t happy with.
Why Am I Doing This?
Clarifying your own abilities and what you want out of a job is important to know before you embark on your journey. By completing a career self assessment, you can optimize your search, prioritize the results you are given, and eliminate the job posts that don’t match your individual needs or wants.
The Perfect Pair
You only have one chance to impress them in an interview. So, you have to identify why you’re appealing; what you want in the opposite party. If this sounds like a dating game to you, you might be correct. In many ways, searching for a job is like searching for that perfect relationship. Choosing a career and a company is a commitment that could turn into a lifelong relationship that is mutually beneficial. Except we guarantee your job will never leave the living room lights on or forget to do the dishes.
If efficient job searches sound like something you’d like, doing a career self assessment before you start searching will be key. Check out our job search tips for more advice on how to land the job you want!