By Alka Chandiramani, CRCE Manager
11 November, 2012
Looking for a job takes perseverance and self-reflection. It can be like kissing many frogs to find your prince or princess. However, it is not a lackadaisical random attempt but requires hard work and is akin to a full-time job. Imagine this scenario: You have applied for a job. Your résumé has been meticulously prepared and you are waiting for the interview call. It comes and you are hired. Great news! You start work and a few months later realize that perhaps this is not what you really want to pursue.
What happened? Self-assessment tools are also useful to help provide insight into what types of jobs best suit you. Before setting out to look for a job, it is important to conduct a self-assessment. Self-assessment starts with thinking about who you are and what you want to be doing. It is an exercise that requires you to think out of the box. The best person to tell you about yourself is the person you see in the mirror. You need to: Think about what you are really interested in doing. Decide on the kind of work you would like. Be realistic, given your current circumstances.
The real question is: What are you looking for? You need to dig deeper into yourself. Determine what kinds of things you like, what you value, what are your goals, priorities and aspirations. Probe yourself and fill in the blanks to statements such as: My values are… I am interested in… I believe I can…. Given my current situation, I feel I need… Self-assessment tools are also useful to help provide insight into what types of jobs best suit you. These are some examples of ways one can identify one’s own values, likes, interests, etc. It helps to chart a career goal and develop this further into a career plan with a well drawn-out job search strategy. As we step into a new year, let us take some time to truly evaluate ourselves and make it a year to remember!