Whether you’re just leaving school, finding opportunities limited in your current position, or simply entering a new life phase, it may be time to think about changing your career path. By learning how to explore your options and realize your strengths and passions, and with an added dose of determination, you can and will find the right job for you. Let this five-step process be your guide.
5 Steps To A Great Job
Step One: Identify Your Values
Think carefully about what really drives you. You may find it hard to get past “what pays the most” or “what’s most secure.” But the truth is: most people rank job satisfaction above salary in ensuring that they feel happy at work.
- Unless you have to take the first available job to make ends meet, it’s important to focus on your primary interests and passions. This can open doors to careers you may not otherwise have considered.
Step Two: Brainstorm Options that Appeal to You
Once you define your driving values, research and come up with a list of specific jobs or industries that you find attractive.
- You can find a wealth of information online, from position descriptions to average salaries and estimated future growth. This information will help you figure out the practical priorities, such as: How stable is the field you’re considering? Are you comfortable with the amount of risk involved? Is the pay range acceptable? What about the commute – or will you have to relocate? And, how would the new job affect your family?
Step Three: Make a List of Your Best Skills
Once you have a general idea of your career path, take some time to determine what skills you have and which skills you need.
- Focus on your transferable skills – those you can apply to almost any field. These may include management or leadership experience, written and oral communication, research and program planning, public speaking, conflict resolution and mediation, time management, computer literacy or foreign language fluency.
- If your chosen jobs demand skills or experience you don’t have, don’t give up. Just find out how to get them. For example, take classes. Many fields have accelerated programs if you already have some education. Or, volunteer. This has the added benefit of putting you in contact with people already in the field.
Step Four: Network till You Know
Get support and information from others. Continue networking, now and throughout your career.
- Talking to someone in your chosen field gives you a real sense of what type of work you’d actually be doing and if it would meet your expectations. And, you’ll continue to expand your contacts and connections.
Step Five: Work with a Professional Recruiter
One of your best resources in finding a rewarding job is a recruiter or search consultant who can help you perfect your strategy and provide access to desirable openings. If your chosen field is engineering, accounting, finance, marketing, cybersecurity, IT, logistics or supply chain management, give the TRC Professional Solutions team a call today. You can also explore these opportunities and apply today.