Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Beginning a Job Search

The success of one’s career depends greatly on the ability to recognize the job-related values that are important to the individual as well as the hiring company. Identifying the purpose for working and the assessment of skills can help determine the types of jobs to consider. Creating SMART goals, a robust resource system, and a 30-day plan can give job seekers a concrete plan.

Identifying Your Values and Purpose

In order to be able to sell yourself well and present your skill set and experience to potential employers, you must first identify your own values and your purpose for working. 

Here are some common purposes for job seekers: 

  • · Gain an income source that provides for my basic survival needs and some of my wants.
  • · Use my creativity, skills, abilities, and energies to benefit not only me but others also.
  • · Make a valuable and lasting contribution to my community and to society.
  • · Use my college degree for something worthwhile.
  • · Do something constructive with my time.
  • · Be in a place where I can meet new people, travel, and gain new experiences. 
  • · Get out of debt and save money for the future. 
  • · Try a new skill and gain new experiences. 
  • · Fulfill my dreams and my mission in life.

Assessing Your Skills

There are many professional instruments designed to help you assess your skills. These instruments help you identify what talents and abilities you may have to offer a potential employer. Some of the skills that employers find valuable include organization, analytical ability, creativity, initiative, vision, communication, strategic planning, presenting, collaboration, and many others, depending on the specific job.

Until next time ...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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