The first step to a successful job search is a realistic assessment of “You” in relation to “The Job.” If you are reading this blog, you are probably looking for a job that fits both your career path and life path. As you begin this process, remember that knowing what you don’t want is as important as knowing what you do want.
Why do we recommend an assessment? Hiring managers generally ask two basic questions when they consider job applications: “Is this candidate qualified?” and “Is this candidate suitable?” You should be able to positively answer those two questions before you submit a job application. If you are unsure, it is time to perform a self-assessment.
To start, create a baseline assessment of “You” in the first column and “The Job” in the second column. In the third column, list differences between You and The Job. The fourth column is a list of action items to close the gap between You and The Job, to make you a more qualified and suitable candidate. Sometimes an assessment shows that a particular job isn’t really what we want. The gap may be related to the work schedule, travel requirements or commute. Click here to take this sample assessment.
If you are in search of career counseling, contact a local college or technical school. The U.S. Department of Labor offers free online resources: http://www.careeronestop.org/. State unemployment agencies offer both career counseling and information about job training programs and assistance.
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