Looking for a job to kickstart your professional career? Perhaps, you are on the search for a new job to switch to? No matter where you find yourself on your professional journey, it is important to soul search before you embark on your job search.
Most people follow online job listings to find themselves gainful work opportunities. However, this may not always prove the best way to find yourself a job. If you want to make a wise career decision, it is imperative that you review your place and position in life, understand your needs and requirements from a job before starting your job search. You could try asking yourself
- What are my short and long term goals?
- Will my current relationships and living environment aid my job search?
- Do I need further academic qualification or professional certification?
Academic certifications are a cost-effective way of gaining professional qualifications for a job. Survey relevant programs and review whether you will be able to meet their cost and time requirement before signing up for one. It is also a good idea to assess the value they would add to your job search.
Use LinkedIn and other social media platforms to connect with professors, co-workers, and schoolmates. They can often prove resourceful and inform you about career opportunities you didn’t know about.
When searching for jobs, it is also a good idea to reach out to the people you admire professionally and ask them for insight and advice on how you can grow your career. If you can make a good impression in a company where you envision yourself working in the future, you improve your chances of being contacted for future work opportunities that open up at the organization.
Take a break
During quarantine, I was forced to do nothing and naturally thoughts and ideas about my career happened. I did not intentionally brainstorm what should be my next step. I felt guided to my purpose organically through prayer and meditation
How do you soul search before you job search? Please comment and share below.