Good food for thought from DePaul – for beginning job seekers. I agree with most of what they say, although I really advocate a more pragmatic approach. Think less about what you want to do for your job… think more about what you can get hired to do, so you can do what you really love on your own time — without anyone running the show, but you.
Job searching can feel a little daunting at times. Formatting resumes and cover letters, researching companies, making to-do lists, initiating handshakes and introductions, and interviewing all start to swirl together.
It’s important to take a step back and start from a place that allows you to center your interests, skills, work values, and personality all in one place so you can focus your search in a way that is intentional and makes sense to you. Before the job search, begin with a bit of reflection:
By answering these questions, you will be able to create a foundation that will ultimately help you approach your brand, resume and cover letter, and will act as an aid during your job search.
- Interests: What areas are you naturally drawn to and how do they connect to career choices?
- Work Values: What motivates you and supports job satisfaction?
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