Most job seekers spend more time researching their next car than their next job. Making an unwise employment decision often results in underemployment, stress, poor cultural fit, dissatisfaction and even termination. Considering your investment in time and energy, doesn’t it make sense to do your due diligence up front to assure that you are able to solve a prospective employer’s problems and that the job is a good fit for who you are and who you aspire to be?
Applying online is relatively easy and impersonal, so the temptation to send hundreds of resumes into cyberspace for positions that you are only marginally qualified for is great. A much better strategy is identifying your strengths and unique value proposition and presenting those to an employer who needs what you have to offer.
So, how do you determine your strengths and value? Begin by reviewing your past performance evaluations. What favorable information have past supervisors provided regarding your performance? What have you earned a reputation for in the workplace? Do colleagues routinely ask for your expertise regarding certain types of issues? You can also use objective assessments to identify personality type, workplace behaviors, interests and aptitudes.
Your career belongs to you, and career decisions often have a lifelong impact on confidence, advancement and earning power. Make the most of opportunities to research prospective employers to identify those that provide the best fit for your unique talents and expertise. Need resources and information? A good place to start is with the business reference librarian at your local public library. If time is of the essence, seek out a careers expert for guidance.
Ellie Vargo, MRW, CCMC