The Insider's Guide To Job Search
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Self-Assessment : Taking Inventory
a new challenge. You need a change. Perhaps you've recently left a job.
How do you move forward calmly and decisively?
those issues that are most important to you:
Your family and friends may provide more useful insight about you. Determine what they respect and admire about you. Gather different views and filter them through your sense of who you are and what you have to offer. Compare this feedback with information or advice you've received from managers and coworkers. What are the common themes emerging? This exercise in self-assessment helps to clarify what you do next.
choose to continue along your present career path, or you may realize
that you have now come to a crossroads in your career. New options may
begin forming in your mind about taking a different career direction.
Self-employment, or partnerships have their advantages and drawbacks.
What suits you best?
Contractual work may interest you due to the different exposure and experiences you can gain from working with different organizations. Remember that while there is variety in contractual work, there may be a trade-off in the form of less employment security or benefits coverage.
Weigh the pros and cons of these options. Discuss them with your family. Their support, encouragement, and ideas will begin to give you a clearer picture of the type of work and working environment best suited to your experience, skills, needs, and expectations.
Ask a recruiter
or counselor for guidance. Their opinions are likely to be objective.
Better counselors will provide a good reality-check about what you can
expect from taking a proposed course of action.
Finally, trust your own intuition. The process of self-assessment helps you to understand yourself better and to plan your next career steps with confidence and a renewed sense of purpose.