Job Search Tip: Know Yourself!

By: pmegan
Welcome to the job market revolution of the 21st Century!

The good old days of passively finding a job . . . writing a resume, posting it on some job sites, answering some ads, contacting a few agencies of recruiter . . . those days are gone forever. Unless you want to spend weeks or months looking for a job. And then settling for whatever comes along.

Understanding the dynamics of today's marketplace give you a real leg up. Armed with strategies and techniques that address the needs and expectations of today's sophisticated employers give you the assurance that you can select your next job rather than settle for it.

Without these insights, what looked like a bright future with a rewarding, good-paying job you begin to question your value in the workplace. Suddenly your career advancement becomes shaky or non-existent. You wonder how long it's going to take to get ahead.

Well, the good news is that there amazing growth opportunities out there just waiting for you . . .if you know where to look. This job market is one of the hottest in history.

But, the starting point of your job search requires that you discover two critical pieces of information about yourself. Without them you go into the market blind.

1. You must know what you have going for you. You have what are called "transferable skills." They represent all the talents, abilities, strengths and qualities you have accumulated over the years. If you target opportunities that are consistent with your transferable skills, you'll guarantee you will select a job opportunity that you'll enjoy and grow with.

2. You must know what your options are. There are many exciting and intriguing job opportunities. You can fall into the trap of latching onto something just because it sounds good. Look before you leap. Get serious only about those jobs that match up with your capabilities profile.

Remember, the most important ingredient in you job search is YOU! That means depending on the knowledge and capabilities you have acquired on the job. Or the skills and strengths you've accumulated through life experience.

Knowing who you are and what your options are must be your guide to the future.
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