How to Analyze Your Job Search

Finding a new job can be an intimidating and exhausting process. As a candidate who is looking for a different position, you should do all you can to keep the total package in mind. From researching jobs, applying, and even accepting an offer, you have many factors to consider. As an employment agency, our team of professionals at Palmer Group understands the ins and outs of each of these issues. In our upcoming blogs, we will highlight some lessons we have learned along the way and offer important questions to ask before applying and accepting a position, along with advice on how to evaluate job offers. 

The Big Picture  

When looking for a new position, consider why you are open to a change in the first place. Have your skills developed in a way that makes you more fitting for a different role? Have your professional goals shifted? What are your top priorities or “must-haves”? What are your negotiables? Take the time to write these out. Reach out to other professionals and friends who may be able to offer proven advice in these areas. They may bring up aspects of company culture or benefits you would not have considered otherwise. The more you know what you are looking for, the more direction you will have in your application process.  

Lessons Learned  

Another important factor is to understand the reasons that have caused you to leave previous positions. Think through your entire work history. What did you learn from those experiences? How can these lessons help you moving forward?  Maybe you learned you enjoy being part of a big team that excels in collaboration. Perhaps you realized you thrive on independent work. The goals you make in this process may drive or change some of your expectations and “must-haves.” 

Common reasons for looking for a new position are often centered around job growth, salary, benefits, vacation time, or the culture and personalities of your office. Which of these items are most important to you? Which ones are negotiable? The more specific you are from the start, the more you will recognize the right position when it comes along.  

In the next few weeks, we will examine job expectations, titles, benefits, and other important aspects to consider in your application process. After that, we will review key elements to keep in mind before accepting a position. After all, when you finally receive a job offer from that dream organization, you will want to feel confident in your decision to accept. 

Ultimately, the motivation behind your desire for change will show you why you are seeking a new opportunity and, most importantly, see the “must-haves” you will strive for in your next role. If you have further questions about this topic, reach out to us today. One of our recruiters will be happy to follow up and help you with the specific needs and questions of your career journey.