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Determine your perfect career path

 

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Article: Â Finding a Job That's Right For You

 

Rob Sullivan, Career Coach

 

The first two questions below are self-assessment questions that address your interests, motivations, and potential. The last few questions are company-specific and must be answered separately for each company you approach.

 

What is your dream job?

 

Whether or not you know the answer to this question, you owe it to yourself to talk with as many people in as many different careers as possible. If you can, focus on people who love their jobs. They can teach you the most about what to look for in a career because, in all likelihood, they didn't start out in a job they love. They worked toward it. Find out what they learned along the way. You may want to consider taking a few self-assessment tests to see where your true talents and skills lie.

 

Once you have a career in mind, do your best to learn not only what people enjoy about it, but also what frustrates them. Whatever you do, it's important not to romanticize the career of choice. This way, you can minimize the impact of unpleasant surprises down the road.

 

What attracts you to this career?

 

Of all the questions people neglect to ask, this may be the most common. It's not enough to say that you have always wanted to work in a particular job because it doesn't give people a reason to believe you. Career-changers and entry-level candidates in particular have to make a compelling case for pursuing a given career because employers want to feel confident they aren't taking a risk.

 

What skills or qualities are important to each particular employer?

 

Is it surprising that this has almost nothing to do with you? Remember, every company is different. As a result, they also have different needs. Qualities that are important to one employer may be irrelevant to another. Take the time to understand the differences. For example, one company may seek employees who are so conservative and corporate that they border on uptight. Another company in the same industry may look for employees who are outgoing and free-spirited, while at the same time professional. The same candidate will not appeal to both.

 

Why would you excel at this company?

 

The answer to this question is directly related to the prior two questions. Once you have demonstrated the initiative to build a base of knowledge and understanding about the needs of a potential employer, selling yourself will be much easier. Just having the passion to educate yourself about a particular career is often enough to demonstrate potential-especially at the entry-level.

 

Are raises and promotions based on tenure or performance?

 

If you are a person who is motivated, enjoys challenges, and expects to be rewarded for a job well done, you aren't likely to be happy in an environment that values tenure more than performance. What incentive would you have to work hard if raises and promotions are based primarily on your length of employment? Considering the impact this can have on your personal happiness and overall career satisfaction.

 

What can you expect salary-wise?

 

It's important to do your homework and know your market value. Since this can vary from city to city and from company to company, it's pays to know as much as possible in advance. For a general idea, you can start by reading business and trade magazines (i.e., the magazines and newspapers that cater to specific industries.) It's their job to know what different companies are paying employees.

 

Rob Sullivan, is a Chicago-based inspirational speaker, corporate trainer, and career coach who specializes in helping companies and individuals with professional development, recruiting, and career-related challenges.

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Determine your perfect career path

 

If you've found yourself out of work, or you simply haven't enjoyed your last few jobs, you might want to try MAPP, an informative online personal assessment tool that takes only 15 minutes. MAPP helps you identify your unknown talents and skills, and then matches them to jobs and careers you may not know you're well suited for.

 

MAPP, from Assessment.com, is easy to use. There is a series of questions that asks you to select what you like the most and least amongst 3 things. When you're done you'll instantly be provided with insight on yourself and the environments you thrive in, as well as the kind of jobs, careers and activities you're suited for. You might be surprised. It's fun, incredibly accurate and complimentary to you! Give MAPP a try today!

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