Finding The Right Fit For Your Next Career Move
What is your dream job? Do you know how you’re going to get there? While there is no blueprint that we can all follow to achieve our career goals, having a sense of what you want to do for your career can take a lot of stress out of your everyday life.
When it comes to career planning, we often times do not take time to create a game plan for how we’d like our career to pan out in the future. By setting aside time to create an actionable plan for each career move, your career goals become attainable. Here are some tips from Mary Lee Gannon to find the right industry and position for your next career move. You can read the full article here.
Know Your Values
If you’re not sure of what you want to do for your next career step, the first thing you should do is assess what you value. In looking for new opportunities, you can compare the job to your value system and figure out if it would be right for you. After all, no one knows you better than yourself and it is important to find opportunities that will make you feel fulfilled.
List Your Transferable Skills
If you’re thinking about looking for a job in a completely different industry than your previous experience, this is an important point. If you’re an athlete making the transition to a life and career after sports, chances are you do not have the same amount of experience as other job candidates so highlighting and leveraging your transferable skills is of upmost importance.
Gannon recommends breaking down your skills into three categories:
- Communication – speaking effectively, writing concisely, customer service, selling, building consensus, etc.
- Organization of Information – forecasting and predicting, creating ideas, setting goals, creating solutions, etc.
- Operating of Systems and Equipment – install software, engineer systems, coordinate equipment interfaces, building things, etc.
Once you recognize your skills, you can tailor your resume and cover letter to fit the description and highlight your achievements.
Start A “Company Watch List” and “Network List”
If you like a company’s mission and their values align with yours, add it to a list and keep an eye out for any future job openings. Often times a company has an option to submit a resume for future consideration if they are not currently hiring. If you are serious about wanting to work for this company, send your resume in, but don’t forget to follow up and check in.
Once you have some companies that you are targeting, do some research and see if you have any connections or mutual connections at those companies. Networking is key to finding a job, and thanks to LinkedIn, it is now easier than ever. When you’re looking for a new opportunity, the more people you can get to know, the better.
Try It On
Once you have compiled both your “Company Watch List” and the “Network List,” it is time to see if these companies and opportunities are right for you. One way to do this is through informational interviews. This is a way to get an insider’s look at the culture of a company and to determine whether or not it could be a fit for you in the future.
Navigating your career search can be a difficult time, especially if you are not 100 percent sure on what you want to do. Luckily, we have resources to help guide you through this difficult time. By utilizing these tips you can get a better grasp on what industry and role you should target for your next career move.