The first step in our job search system is to self-assess and really know everything you can about YOU. After you have done this required self-assessment, then you’ll dive into discovering the ideal career for you. In this post you will get to know how to outline your ideal career, how to research potential career fields, how to target careers, how to meet with the RIGHT people, and how to narrow down your career choices. It’s also important at this step to determine if becoming an entrepreneur is the right path for you and to see if any issues may come up with your potential career field choices.
Also, you will get tips to figure out what you should be when you grow up so you can be well on your way to more clarity and clear direction. Don’t get frustrated. Remember, you have the plan in front of you. You don’t have to worry about what you should do or be stressed. Just walk step by step through the system.
7 STEPS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CAREER IS RIGHT FOR YOU
STEP 1: IDENTIFY POTENTIAL CAREER FIELDS THAT WOULD LEAD TO YOUR CAREER SATISFACTION.
Begin by spending some time browsing and narrowing down your career field choices to your top 20 career fields. Be open to new ideas and for right now you can ignore considerations about money, location, education, experience, licenses, and so on – we will do this later. Don’t let anything hold you back!
You can also include non-traditional jobs like being a consultant, a freelance writer, or an entrepreneur if those sound interesting to you. This is where you dream and don’t let anything hold you back. This is a step most people miss when they just start out applying online before brainstorming a long list of ideas.
STEP 2: RESEARCH YOUR POTENTIAL CAREER TARGETS TO NARROW DOWN YOUR IDEAL CAREER FIT.
It is time for some exploration. The world of potential career fields and possibilities is totally open to you. You can do any career you want so now is the time to keep an open mind and to do some research.
If you aren’t excited, then you haven’t found the right career fit for you yet! So get ready to explore all of the opportunities that are out there for you.
4 Areas To Research:
- Identify careers that match your skills, interests, and values.
- Identify the occupational climate and current supply and demand of particular fields.
- Identify possible pay expectations in different careers.
- Research the companies that will allow you to create your ideal workday.
STEP 3: PREPARE FOR AND COMPLETE AN INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW.
The best way to narrow down your options and figure out what your ideal career fit is to get out from behind your computer and start talking to people. It’s time to fall in love with a strategy called an informational interview to get information about a field of work from someone who is knowledgeable and experienced in it.
We can’t tell you enough how important these interviews are. It is so much better to learn if you like a certain profession before going into it and informational interviews are a great way to do it.
STEP 4: EVALUATE IF YOU WANT TO BE EMPLOYED OR IF YOU WANT TO BE THE EMPLOYER.
Do you want to be employed or do you want to be the employer? Starting a business is not the right path for everyone. Deciding whether to remain in a job or build a business should be done with less emotion and a lot of thinking. Giving up the security of a full-time job to start your own business is a very risky move. But whatever decision you make, you’ve got to do what you’re passionate about.
STEP 5: NARROW DOWN POTENTIAL CAREER FIELDS THAT COULD LEAD TO YOUR CAREER SATISFACTION.
Don’t rush narrowing down your career targets. It is not going to happen overnight. This is when the lightbulbs happen all the time.
Consider first the choices that sound like the most fun. Second, consider those that are consistent with your hobbies and passions, favorite job tasks, and natural skills. In this part of the exercise, you may take into account such things as education, location, and other “practical” considerations to some extent – but don’t limit yourself too much. Mark those that sound fun as well as being within the realm of practicality.
STEP 6: IDENTIFY ANY ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR POTENTIAL CAREER TARGETS.
At this point, we are getting very close to identifying your ideal career fit! Great work! Now, we have to take a look at some of the issues that could come up. It’s always good to know the issues BEFORE you take the job.
STEP 7: DEFINE YOUR IDEAL JOB.
Now it’s time to consolidate your answers and create your ideal career outline. Create a document that you can hang on your wall that shows you exactly what you are looking for in your ideal career.
The ideal career outline will help you answer interview questions and apply to jobs. Every time you consider a new opportunity, make sure you review your ideal career outline to ensure that it is the right career fit for you.
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