Top 10 Career Transition Questions: #9 How do I choose where I want to work next?
Blog post by Barton Career Advisors Founder and Managing Partner Chris Barton
This video blog is part of a series addressing some of the most compelling questions for those that are beginning a career search. During the last 6 years, we have been asked hundreds of questions related to career transition and best practices. Here we are distilling those queries down to the 10 most critical need to know responses. Here is #9 of 10, discussing how you pick your next employer.
What should my approach for picking target companies look like?
If you’re in a job search and find yourself starting to think about your target companies or roles, there are a few things you should be considering.
- You better know your values. You don’t want to pick an organization or role that doesn’t match the values that you have. For example, if you don’t want to travel extensively and work/life balance is important to you, you shouldn’t pick a grinder company that expects you to be on the road and put in extra hours. This may be damaging to a value you that you hold dear to yourself.
- You want to assess your skills. Know the skills that you have and bring to the table. It’s really important to be in touch with that as you’re auditioning for new roles and organizations.
- Get real with yourself. You really need to make some sense of what you want to do and don’t want to do and whether it will be a fit with the organizations you’re looking at.
- Research your choices very carefully. Get on a research engine like Hoovers, the Motley Fool, or sec.gov. Read up on trade information, the company, their culture and philosophies. Research carefully and compare to your values, skills and desires.
If you do these things, you will be on the road to choosing an organization that will take you to the top and give you work that’s truly satisfying.