Self awareness goes a long way. Whether you are casually observing the job market, open to learning about potential opportunities or an active job seeker, it’s always in your best interest to maintain a high level of self-awareness. By knowing yourself, your strengths and values you will inevitably save yourself a lot of time, energy and potential pain during the job search process.
So how do we get there? Awareness to ownership to empowerment doesn’t typically happen overnight. But there’s no time like the present. Increasing self-awareness should be viewed with a sense of urgency.
Here are a few questions to consider at any stage of your career.
Do you know what your strengths are? There are several tests out there. I personally like Strengths Finder 2.0 and the Meyers Briggs personality tests.
What matters to you?
Do you prefer a more collaborative environment where team members share ideas regardless of level?
OR a more top down – leadership lead environment?
How about access to leadership training, continued learning and personal growth?
Do you value an independent work environment or thrive in a group setting? Relaxed and casual – work at your own pace OR more fast-paced, structured and deadline oriented?
5. Advancement Opportunity
Is opportunity for advancement important to you? Are you aiming for a director, VP, President or beyond role?
6. Company Size
Size matters. Do you prefer a large, corporate culture with lots of layers and clearly defined roles and reporting structure?
OR a more medium sized company with less layers with more flexibility and loosely defined role?
What inspires you? Which brands and product do you connect with? The most successful professionals work with companies and product that they personally relate to.
It’s all a matter of personal preference. There is no right or wrong answer.
As an industry professional, it’s your job to know yourself. As a recruiter, it’s my job to know which companies will align with who you are. More on that in part 2.
If you know who you are and what’s important to you, you’re more likely to identify the right companies that are a fit for your strengths, culture and passion. You’ll be more fulfilled and thrive. Ultimately, isn’t that what we all want?
So what’s next? You know the answers to our questions. How about some life level application?
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