What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question often asked of children who seemingly could do anything with their lives. It’s a questions asked far less often of adults. Perhaps now the question they’re asked more is, “What do you want your day-to-day job experience to be like?”
When starting a job search, this is a great question to keep in the forefront of your mind because it will play a large role in the types of jobs you will research and apply for. It may even effect the location of the job and the types of coworkers you want around you.
Knowing what you are looking for in a job is the first step to helping you find a job you want. Do you work better with people or alone? Do you want to travel? Do you want to be able to work from home? These are all factors that can play into your job search, and knowing the answers to questions like those can guide you to the jobs that are more likely to be a good fit for you. Additionally, knowing those answers will help to keep you from having to start the process all over again when you realize the job you’ve taken isn’t one you’ll be happy and productive in.
Looking for a job can be a daunting process, but keeping in mind the ideals you want that job to have can keep you focused and hopeful. To learn more about how to focus your job search and discover the fundamental elements you’re looking for in a career, check out Starting Your Job Search.