So you have all the information you need from materials, books and the Internet to do your career plan or job search. You have identified your skills, training and experience and decided what you want to ‘do.’ Now what?
Much of the information we gather for a job search is in bits and pieces. It might come from newspapers, magazines, information interviews, friends or other people in the field, television, the Internet, or libraries. Synthesizing all this information is important to the job search. It’s important that you develop some type of framework that enables you to perform the best quality job search you can. Counselling may be one way to do this with a person who knowledgeable and experienced in the career counselling field. If you want, you can do this on your own. So how do you that?
You want to be able to sort information by industries or sectors. Job search is about looking for a job that interests you, you have experience and skills and training in the field, or simply it’s something that might be a change for you. There are many sectors to look into. A sector is a group of jobs that are clustered together. For example, a health care sector could include: doctors, nurses, health care assistants, medical secretaries, radiologists, etc. You want to explore these sectors of interest and then decide how they connect to your skills and training and experience.
You also want to sort out your information based on skill level—your own and the job itself. What opportunities are available to you now with your existing skills. What training would you need to work in a different job? There are many levels of workers as well. Some of these include: entry level jobs, middle management jobs, senior management jobs, professional workers or self employed and contract workers.
As well, it is important for you to look at and sort out information related to the characteristics of the work place. Do you want to work outside, inside? Do you want to work in an office environment? Do you want to work for a small company, medium sized company or a large corporation? Maybe you want to be self employed and work for several companies at the same time; and the flexibility to come and go within companies. This is a fast growing sector; given there are less jobs available today. Or are there? You want to think about what you want to wear to work. That could be casual clothes or professional clothing. And how about travel? Do you like the idea of traveling for your job? How far and what mode of transportation do you want? Some people love the idea of having a career where they jet set around the world, or maybe travel by car during the week and home on weekends. What about you?
There are many things to consider when thinking about information related to your job search. All the questions above are vital for you to answer; and you want to be very honest with yourself about how you want to work, where you want to have a job, what that job looks like in your mind. Sometimes it’s easier to brainstorm these types of questions with someone else. That someone might be a partner, a good friend, a current colleague; it might be a professional who works in counselling. Whatever your decision, make sure you answer them so you are well informed about what your next career move will be and it will ensure and much better job search.
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