By Sherri Sacks
In a perfect world we could all be employed in our ultimate dream job! Wouldn’t it be ideal to wake up every morning, jump out of bed and actually work in the environment suited just for you? Some people actually do work in their dream job. But for the majority of us, our employment search often boils down to our priorities.
Here’s what I mean. Someone might aspire to travel around the country as a public speaker attending one cool event after another. But a position which requires traveling might not be practical due to family obligations. I worked with a client who was a Sales Representative for 25 years. He decided he wanted to switch his career and work in the field of social services so he could help people and give back to his community. After realizing that the salary range of the jobs he was looking for in the non-profit world was vastly different than what he was earning in sales, he decided he couldn’t afford to change jobs.
Priorities should be what you need rather than what you want. Take time to consider the following while weighing your priorities during your job search:
- What is important to you?
- Do you want an office environment or prefer to work from home?
- Do you mind traveling?
- Are you looking for a position with room for advancement?
- How much income do you need to earn per year?
- Are you in need of certain benefits?
- Is it possible for you to do what you love?
Make a checklist of the things that are most important to you. Then do your research. It’s okay to think about what makes you smile but make sure to be realistic about your interests and abilities.
There are millions of jobs to choose from so it’s easy to get overwhelmed during your job search. Assessing priorities at the beginning of your job search will set you on the right path to achieve your career goals.
By Sherri Sacks, JCS Career Coach
The JCS Career Center offers comprehensive employment assistance that helps job seekers of all abilities and skill levels find and maintain employment. Services include career coaching, career assessments, resume and cover letter services, interview preparation, job readiness training, vocational rehabilitation and job placement assistance.