Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ask yourself...before starting a job search

Debra Auerbach, CareerBuilder, says you want to take time to reflect on your situation before starting a job search.

Why are you searching? If you just graduated and need money, that could be the reason. If you are unhappy where you are, that could be. But maybe in that case, you just need new responsibilities.

What do you bring that's unique? Really hone on what is unique about you.

Define the corporate culture you like. Some places are buttoned up--suits, quiet... Others are rowdier and people wear jeans and work weekends Do you like to work alone--or in teams.

Define your "nice to haves" and "need to haves." Location, function, salary, perks. If you must leave at 4:30 to pick up kids, you need to "give" someplace else--maybe be on call weekends.

No job has everything, but you don't want to founder around trying to decide--think ahead.

Oh, and Millennials--the emphasis is on what you can do for the employer, not what the employer owes you or can do for you.

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