Five Questions to Ask When Starting a Job Search

A common scenario is that when we meet people and they ask us what we do and we say we’re recruiters, they say, “oh headhunters…that’s great…get me a job.” To which we always respond “Sure, what are you looking for?” only to be met by a blank stare.

If you don’t know what you want, how can we know? How can we help you? How can the job search work effectively for you? When you start looking for that next step in your career, you have to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What do I want to do in terms of job/title/duties/responsibilities?
  2. Where do I want to do it? Am I staying put, looking locally, or am I looking to relocate? If so, where?
  3. In what industry(ies) do I want to work?
  4. What kind of companies do I want to work for? How big, how small, what kind of culture and environment?
  5. What, if any, specific companies would I like to work for? Write a list.

And then here is the real kicker…here’s what you have to keep in mind. It’s not about what jobs you can do, but the jobs you’re a great fit for. Know your skills and expertise and then focus! Align your experience with the jobs you are targeting. The further away you go from your focus, the less you’ll make because you won’t be able to roll your experience into the new role.

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