The start of any new year brings with it the promise of a fresh start, new goals to achieve and, for more than 38 percent of working Americans, the potential of a new career path.
With the nation’s unemployment rate plummeting to a 17-year low, this month is set-up to be an extremely popular time for job seekers to jump-start their search for a career change. But, where should you begin?
In the past, the first full week of January has seen a more than 70 percent increase of job searches from the average day, so being able to have a solidified job search strategy is key.
Before you join the search and spend hours pouring over job sites looking for the right job for which to apply, it’s important take time to complete an honest self-appraisal and ask yourself:
- What do I want to accomplish in my career?
- Why do I want a new job?
- What ignites me?
- What makes me tick?
Taking time to reflect and realign with your personal goals allows you to make guided career decisions.
Once you have completed a proper self-appraisal, it’s important to uncover what is driving your job search. Are you unhappy with the work you are currently doing? Do you wish to be more challenged in your role? Do you need a salary increase?
Pinpointing the exact reason you’ve decided to search for a new career will help you define a job search strategy that will, hopefully, lead to a successful new career.
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