Step 1: Assess Yourself

Begin your job search with some honest self reflection. Ask yourself:

  • How well do I know myself?
    • What are my unique strengths?
    • What are my values?
    • What are my hobbies and passions?
    • Do I need to take a self-assessment such as Myers-Briggs?
  • What do I have to offer an employer?
    • What are my skills?
    • What are my experiences?
  • How do I want to contribute?
    • What type of work do I find meaningful?
    • What vision do I want to achieve?
    • What missions do I want to serve?
  • What is my ideal job?
    • What kind of people do I want to work with and how might this influence the industry I choose to work in?
    • What type of environment do I want to work in? Do I prefer to work outdoors, or do I do my best work in a cubicle?
    • What is my ideal workload? How important is work-life balance important to me?
    • What type of benefits do I want? How much do I want to earn, and how hard am I willing to work for that income?
  • What industry do I want to be in?
  • Where do I want this job to take me in the next 10-15 years?

It is easy to overlook these questions when you are stressed and in need of a job, but being confident about what type of job you seek will make you a stronger candidate because you will be better able to articulate why you are well suited for the position.

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