Understanding your career goals
The start of any good job search begins with a thorough self-assessment. Looking for a new job is a great opportunity to realign your goals - and it’s up to you to articulate exactly what those goals are.
Start by asking yourself these questions:
- What are my values?
- What guides me as I make my decisions? Is it a need to make a difference or make big bucks?
- What are my priorities and objectives for the next few years?
- Where do I want to be five years from now?
- What are my core strengths?
- What kind of work-life balance do I want?
Now you will need to do some research to keep your career dreams aligned with reality. Broadly explore jobs and organisations to generate your job options wish list.
Consider these questions as you research careers:
- What product or service does this company offer?
- Who are the major players and up-and-comers?
- What are the critical success factors of the company?
- What is the outlook and hiring potential for this business?
- What type of talent does the company attract, hire, and need?
While researching companies, ask yourself:
- What differentiates this company from others in the industry?
- What are this company’s culture, values, and priorities?
- Who are its leaders (CEO, CFO, and COO), and what do they seem to stand for?
- How does this company treat its employees?
- What is the company’s reputation?
- What would it be like to work there?
Visit individual company websites to get more specific information.
Networking is another great way to learn about the functions, fields, companies and geographic locations that interest you - not to mention making future job connections.
Also use the internet - there are blogs and articles written by employees who describe a business in a real time view.