What Kind of Job Are You Interested In?
So you think you want a new job?
Not happy with the job you have now? Thinking there might be something better out there than what you have now? Before you make a change there are some simple things you can do to better organize your thoughts about what you may be looking for. This is the equivalent of making a map so you can make sure you are going in the right direction.
Start by making some lists. I know it sounds boring but when you write things down they tend to become clearer. It helps to organize your thoughts and helps you to think of things you may not have thought about before. The first thing to decide is what your long term goals may be. Where do want to be in two years, five years, etc. Where do you want to be "someday"? Determining this will help you with the next two lists.
The first list should be what you like to do. List everything you can think of, not just things about work. Include things like time with family/friends, gardening, reading, computer games, driving, etc., in addition to work related activities that you enjoy. In health care the list may include the type of facility you enjoy working in, the type of client you enjoy caring for, the age of the client, etc. Nothing is too strange to put on the list at this point. Include a salary that you think is realistic.
The next list should be the opposite- all the things you do not enjoy or would prefer not to do. Create the list the same way- include work and non-work related items. Include the distance you do not want to travel, the times you do not want to work, the tasks associated with a job that you absolutely do not want to do, if possible..
Once you get some idea of what you like to do and want to try to avoid, you need to begin to research careers or jobs that encompass your likes and avoid your dislikes. Talk to others in the field f work that you think might be best. Ask them what they like and do not like. What would they change if they could. This may help you adjust your like/dislike list. Read want ads carefully to identify the tasks that you will be expected to complete. Make sure the greater majority of the tasks on your "like" list are in the job description. These lists will act as a reference point when you are ready to ask questions about the job.
Do not waste your time or the potential employers time. I have many people send me their resume- and when I call for a phone interview they ask, "Who are you?" "What kind of company is this?" 'Where are you located?" It is clear that they do not read the posted ad or bother to find out more about our company. Almost everyone has a web page, facebook page, twitter account, etc. It is easy to research any company. Make notes about the company you are applying to so that if they call you will be prepared to speak to them confidently about the position. I would keep a notebook with me and jot down notes about what resume I sent and when. I researched the company and made notes as well. If I called to follow up on a resume or application I would get the name of the person I spoke with along with the name of the person who was going to call me back.
An employer with good Human Resources Department keeps track of all of these things- who applies, how often, who returns phone calls, who does not show up for interviews, etc. Be ready to make a positive impression. Even if you do not accept a position with the company, you may be interested in the future. When it comes to a point when you really DO want a job- it will be difficult to find one because of the negative impression.
Those lists you made before you started this process? They are going to change constantly. They are not written in stone. They are merely a guide to keep you on track. They help to keep you focused on that long term goal.
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