Ready . . . Aim . . . Get Hired!® – What Do You Value? |
By Rick Jones | vice president of sales at RecruitMilitary and a former master gunnery sergeant in the United States Marine Corps |
Published in the July/August 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Let us assume that you are at a point in your job search where you have a significant choice of job possibilities. You might just be starting out, in which case you would be considering what kind of job to pursue, what companies to contact, etc. Or you might have received a dozen or so responses to your initial inquiries, and you need to decide which to follow up first. Let us also assume that you would be pursuing only jobs that match your education and experience.
This would be the time to engage in some deep thought about what you value in a job. We have prepared the table in this article to help you do that. One suggestion would be to reflect on each of the 25 factors under the five headings, and circle your top seven. Then match the seven factors to job descriptions, company websites, etc. Further down the line, during interviews, ask questions that match your top seven.
This approach can work well for you only if you are completely honest with yourself when you do the reflecting. Keep in mind that this is all about something you will be doing hour after hour, day after day, month after month, year after year – if all goes well.
As you reflect, stay practical, but don’t hold back otherwise – let the daydreams roll! Also, be careful about assuming too much by way of a “clash of factors.” For example, some people might think that circling “Helping Others” and “Belonging” would take “High Earnings” off the board.
After you have circled your seven factors, show this article to at least two other people who know you very well. Ask them to evaluate what you have done, then discuss it. If you would be reluctant to have face-to-face discussions with those people about what is after all a personal matter, just ask them to circle what they think are “really” your top seven priorities – that is, what they think you should have circled.