Employment Search Options

You Do Have Two Employment Search Options

Liam Hickey, Guest Blogger

Employment search activity
Employment search options

In previous posts, I wrote about the importance of resume bullets and thinking like a manager.

Today, I want to share something with you about your employment search options.

You are in control of your employment search, which boils down to two things:

(1) what you want and

(2) producing options.

As long as you produce options you like, you place yourself in a winning situation.

Exploring the avenues of opportunity leads you to options. Options in turn produce more satisfying work for you. If you only have one possibility in front of you, you are somewhere between hope and desperation for that one opportunity. It’s just like dating. If you are waiting by the phone for that one person to call, that’s a bad place to be. Pursue multiple possibilities. Give yourself options. Be the “go-getter.”

To help you with that, I’m going to propose an activity. The action you take will start to reveal where you want to go in your career. It will help in your employment search by showing  you what you want and how you want to get there.

Your career is yours, no one else’s. You make the decisions. Remember, though, that you’re not alone. People will help and support you. You simply have to ask. (… and when you ask, ask for something specific so that people know how to help you.)

Now, let’s get to work.

Employment Search Activity

1. Write down your goals for different periods in your life and how you think you can get there. You will get more detailed later, but sketch in some concrete ideas now. This will provide you with a sort of road map. This activity is more important than you might think.

Think about where you want to be at the end of your career, and then work backwards—twenty years, ten years, five years, two years, and then one year. What do you want your life to be like?

  • Do you want to have a large family? If so, how will you support it?
  • Will you work in management or perhaps as a senior-level technician or scientist? Will you own your own business?
  • Do you plan to live in another city or country?

2. Next, think about your personality and preferences. Think about the environments in which you work best.

Write down your ideas about what you like most and how you thrive.

  • What do you like to work with?  (e.g., technology, building materials, ideas, or machinery)
  • Do you need interaction with people?  (e.g., salesperson or customer service)
  • Do you want to create things?  (e.g., computer programs, art, engineering designs, or buildings)
  • Do you like working with money?  (e.g., finance, accounting, or brokering)
  • Do you want to travel?  (e.g., journalism, international business, or government/military)
  • Do you like arguing or convincing people of a certain point of view?  (e.g., lawyer, politician, or lobbyist)
  • Do you enjoy competition?  (e.g., entrepreneur, salesperson, lawyer, or public relations strategist)
  • Do you want to lead?  (corporate executive, politician, or military officer)

Often questions like these will come up in an interview. The answers to the above questions serve two purposes. They help prepare you to answer the same question(s) during an interview, and, more important, they help guide your search towards the most satisfying career fields and positions.

So, what have you discovered about yourself today?


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