Getting Ready for Job Search – Decisions to Make!

Getting Ready for Job Search – Decisions to Make!

Getting Ready for Job Search – so you have decided to look for a new job. Now you have some decisions to make; deciding on the right kind of role is a big decision. There is a lot to consider.

Is this going to be a career or are you looking for work just so that you can pay the bills and keep yourself, and perhaps your family, afloat? There is nothing wrong with that and taking a stop-gap role while looking for right career opportunity can be a good idea, particularly if you are unhappy in your present role.

Perhaps, you want to build on your existing skills and experience and look for opportunities in the same sector. Or perhaps are you looking to start again with a new challenge in a new environment.

We all tend to work best at things we like – what do you enjoy doing? Think about your interests and the things that you have enjoyed doing in the past both at work and at home. What kind of environment suits you best? Now, be really honest and think about what you don’t like at work; are there environments you have disliked?

It’s important to decide how you want to work to make sure your search is as right for you as possible. Consider, for example, whether it is going to be a permanent, employed post or would you take on an interim role “temping” through an agency or as an independent contractor? Could you take an internship or volunteer – that would give you experience, but is likely to be unpaid? Then think about travelling and commuting. How far away from home are you prepared to work?

Think about the kind of organization you want to work in. There are all kinds around – large or small, public or private? Then what about the sector, such as, Finance, Education or Health?  Each will have its own culture and opportunities.

How much money are you looking for? You need to know how much money you actually need. Work out a budget and be clear about the style of life you want to lead.  How much money is it going to take to support it?

When you have the answers to these questions, you are ready to begin your job search proper – you can find help at this link Job-Search:Where are you looking?
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link



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