So You Are Ready For A Career Move? Do Some Reflection First!
Updated: Apr 10
Do you meet the following criteria?
A minimum of 2 years in your current job
A solid record of accomplishments
Hungry for a new challenge
Know what you want from a new position
Desire to “grow with-in “or “onward and upward?”
Defining your ideal job description
Describe in as much detail as possible what you are looking for in a new job.
Don’t forget to dream big!
Research and think about the following:
Part-time, full-time, remote or contract?
What type of responsibilities you are looking for? Consider: what responsibilities have you liked from your previous jobs?
What type of responsibilities are you looking to avoid? Consider: what responsibilities have you disliked from your previous jobs?
What skills do you want to develop?
What workplace values are you seeking?
Do you want to work independently or as part of a team—or both?
Do you enjoy meetings. If so, what % of time would you ideally like spent in meetings?
Are you willing to relocate? If so…where?
Ideal boss?What else is important to you when thinking of a job?
Finally, be sure to consider the following: salary, benefits and commute.
Suggested exercises for next steps
Take an inventory of your strengths, personality and transferable skills. Be able to articulate these as contributions for a potential organization.
Make a list of accomplishments. Be able to quantify and qualify in terms of numbers or percentages. Incorporate these in your resume.
Make a list of people you want to network with.
Develop your elevator pitch.
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