Are you embarking on a job hunt? Thinking about embarking on a job hunt? Wondering where to start? I mean really start?
Where am I coming from?
Please allow me to share 5+ of hindsight with you. In the last six years, give or take, I’ve had every possible job hunt (and job) experience you can imagine, ranging from the ecstatic to the literally nightmarish. In that time I’ve been: a full time student, a freelancer, a student organization leader, a tutor, a volunteer, an aquarium guest services rep, a neuro-marketing assistant, a marketing intern…
Dont’t make me go on. I tried every trick in the book to try to get my foot in the door somewhere, anywhere, please for the love of all that is good and fluffy and cute! I tried: networking, LinkedIn, employment agencies, begging family members, getting an MBA, lying to get the hiring managers personal contact info, spamming, resume templates, career counseling. Again…I beg you…do not make me go on.
Do I think it’s a coincidence then that it was during this exact period of my life that I became severely depressed? No I do not. It’s been a 5+-year road to health from that point. And now that I am feeling better, happier, and more empowered than ever before in my life I would like to share the wisdom that only comes from horrible, painful, ugly, HORRIBLE experience.
The Job Hunt Questions
Now is the time to ask yourself what you want your life to look like. And I mean really go deeper than “I want to have a job, any job, please for the love of everything that is fluffy and good.” I spent years looking at job postings and asking “can I do this job?”. Do not make my mistake. You should stop asking yourself what you CAN do and ask yourself what you WANT to do, and what you CAN’T live with.
- What do I want to do in my life, personally and professionally?
- What do I want to be able to say when people ask what I do?
- What do I want a typical work day to look like?
- How do I want to feel about myself during work hours?
- Where do I want to be today, next year, and in ten years?
- Can this job help me get to the everyday life I want?
- Can I live with the morals and values of this employer?
- Can I create more meaning in my life and others’ by working this job?
- Can I be proud of having had this job?
- Can this job help me get to the next stage in my life?
If you are applying to jobs that don’t fit this bill you won’t be happy, even if you get hired. Trust me, I speak from experience here.
There are tons of questions you can, and should, ask yourself when starting a job hunt. What has worked for you? What hasn’t? Share with us in the comments!