You have worked in the same type of position for years and suddenly you find yourself out of work…what now? Since reading my last blog, “Time for Change-Phase 1: Feel Then Deal, (Health First!)” and you have developed some positive coping strategies and are feeling mentally and emotionally prepared for your next career planning phase, it is now time to do some soul searching to determine what you really want from your next employment opportunity.
Money makes the world go around but it isn’t everything! At this point in your career planning process, you should be thinking about yourself and what “everything” really means to you when looking for your next employment opportunity. Evaluating your values, beliefs, interests and personality and how they play a very important role in your overall happiness and success is the best place to start your research. Things to consider may include:
- Do you want work/life balance and what does that mean for you? (ability to work from home, more vacation time, more personal days, flex time)
- Do you want to work full or part-time; days, nights, evenings, weekends?
- Do you want certain perks and what are they?
- Do you want a new career or just another job?
- Do you want/need more education to land the type of position you want?
- Do your skills need updating?
- What kind of work environment do you want to be in? (what industry, what size of company…large, mid or small, indoor/outdoor)
- What kind of boss and co-workers do you want to be around?
- What motivates you to work?
- Do you want routine and structured duties, or are you really wanting to have something more flexible to suit your personality?
So many factors to consider but all very worth exploring when in the bigger picture, having “everything” in your next job/career truly means being happy and content with what you have rather than wishing for something better to come along.
Phase 2: Assess Yourself
Time to take some skill and interest inventories to determine what positions would be more suitable for your skills, experience, personality, values and education. Keep in mind, due to the shift in job market trends, some of the positions/occupations you come up with through these type of assessments may not be realistic in this current job market and you may need to prepare yourself to lower your expectations and take on a more entry level or transitional role (eek! The dreaded survival job) until you can find something more desirable. Survival jobs aren’t the end of the world and having some income is better than having no income, not to mention they keep you actively working while you are looking for a better job.
The skill and inventory assessments can be found at the ALIS website. I highly recommend completing the entire series; “Know Yourself, Explore Options, Get Ready and Take action”…in that order. You will have to create a username and password on this site but the information you provide while working through these assessments is kept confidential, will only be for your information and you can go back and review it anytime by using your username and password.
Other ways to conduct your career exploration include: attending career planning workshops through your local government, unemployment offices, social service and local libraries as well as taking these free online versions of Kiersey Temperament Sorter, the Myers Briggs Personality Test or the Holland Code Career Test. These free versions are great tools for assessing your skills, interests and personality and can give insight into new career directions; however, they are not as comprehensive as the complete versions, which are fee based and offered through certified career assessment professionals.
Ready for Phase 3…
Time for Change: Phase 3: Labour Market Research & Job Trends