Our aim, when speaking with prospective candidates is to get a better understanding of what makes them tick. Their motivations for job searching, motivations for exploring new opportunities and ultimately what it is that will truly attract them to a new job. For us, understanding this is what will help us best match them to one of the job opportunities we are working on.
However, it is very common for us to hear vague answers, which usually leads me to believe that the person is more motivated by finding something different to their current place of employment, as opposed to something specific which will address the next step in their career and ultimately help lead them to achieve a specific career goal.
Not having a strong understanding of where you want to take your career and lacking career goals, can be a dangerous position to be in. When we don't have a bigger picture of where our career is headed, we often become complacent and directionless.
Being in such a position can lead us to fall into a career rut. You may think your job is good, but not great. You may end up feeling bored, less engaged and you may find that your work begins to suffer. This is something I personally experienced in the past and can tell you that it is not fun. You feel as if you are simply going through the motions. When this happened, I knew I needed to make a change and while it was difficult to break out of something that felt so comfortable, I knew it needed to be done.
If you don’t have a career plan in place, you need to take a step back, gain a broader view of your skills, talents and what is meaningful to you so that you can develop a clear career strategy.
You need to think of your career as a roadmap. What does your final career destination look like and how are you going to get there? What does the next opportunity, the one that will get you closer to your goal look like, what responsibilities will it give you and what new skills will you acquire in that role? Setting specific timelines for accomplishing these things will help you achieve this.
Aside from achieving career satisfaction, navigating down a path that will allow you to take on new responsibilities and acquire new skills, will in turn increase the value you bring to your firm, increasing your salary and financial compensation.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions around this or any other job searching topic, be sure to contact us.
Happy Job Hunting and Good Luck!