At this very moment, there are millions of jobs available in the United States. Finding the one that is the right fit for you is all about knowing your personal and professional priorities are. Before you embark on your job search, here is a quick, three-step plan to not only define your priorities, but also help you figure out what is currently most important in your career, and what you may be willing to over-look if needed.
Make a List of Your Priorities
The first step to creating your priority list is to write down everything you are looking for in a job. Take your current situation, outside needs, and career path and jot down anything that comes to mind. It doesn’t matter how big or how small of a priority it may seem, include it. From commute range and benefits, to company culture and autonomy, it’s important to know what you are looking for.
Rank Your Priorities
Now that you have a list of your priorities, rank them in terms of importance. Start with the items that are relatively non-negotiable and list them down to those that you would love to have, but can live without. For those on the top of your list, define what exactly you are seeking and what a company could offer that would satisfy those needs. For example, you may be looking for a close commute, but putting mileage down, as well as any other caveats you may have (working downtown may be undesirable no matter how close the commute). Also, take note of certain priorities that may serve as a tie-breaker if two companies are offering roughly the same salary and benefits.
Decide What You Can Be Flexible On
There is a good chance that you may find a job that includes most, but not all, of your top priorities. Knowing where you are flexible will allow you to decide whether a job is still right for you. Maybe a relaxed office with a casual dress code is a top priority for you, but are you willing to forgo that if you can be with a company that has a clearly defined career ladder that matches your long-term goals. Knowing where you will bend a bit will allow you to look at a wider range of opportunities, meaning that your dream job won’t slip through the cracks.
For more information on how to develop your priorities list, check out http://appleone.com/Career_Seekers/nhp/, or contact your local AppleOne Hiring Advisor for assistance.