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Choosing a career is a big decision. A decision that should involve more than thumbing through a book or newspaper and picking a job that sounds kind of interesting. While your next job will probably not be your last job, you will be spending many hours each week at the office. If you’re working full-time you will be spending more time with your co-workers than with your family.
If you’re short on time, or patience, use the following checklist to come up with some career guidelines. The answers to these questions should give you an idea of what you’re looking for. Just as important, they will let you know what you don’t want.
Considering the time-on-the-job-factor alone, it’s important to at least like your job. Before begining a job search, consider your answers to these questions.
Take your time. Think carefully about each answer. Be sure to write specific rather than vague statements.
Use the information in these answers to write a brief, concise statement describing what you want to do on your next job. A statement means one or two sentences, not an essay. This statement should be open-ended enough to include a few different positions, but specific enough to exclude more jobs than it includes, i.e. a part-time entry-level clerical position is too general. A better example is: A part-time, entry-level clerical position working with special-needs children in a relaxed, casual atmosphere with a flexible schedule. Take your time with this exercise. While this may not be your career for the next twenty years, your job will be a major part of your life.