Several years ago, I found myself in my first serious job search. I was commuting 45 minutes, one-way, everyday to my old job. The commute had really gotten to me. So, I decided that the most important criteria for finding a new job was commuting no longer than 20 minutes, one way.
You can imagine that the 20 minute commute really narrowed the field of potential employers. My job search began to stall and I was becoming very discouraged.
One day, I bought a copy of What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles. For those of you who are not familiar with the book, it is the Holy Grail of job seekers. One of the exercises in the book is called the Flower Exercise. It is still one of the best priority setting exercises for job seekers that I have ever found. Anyway, I took one entire weekend and finished the Flower Exercise. It was very revealing.
One petal of the flower exercise required you to list 12 of the most important criteria that you are looking for in your new job like, a good salary, benefits, advancement, meaningful work, etc. After putting your criteria in a matrix you compared them one-on-one and then ranked your criteria from highest to lowest.
Guess where my 20 minute commute ranked? Ninth.
The moral of the story is to make sure that you understand what is really important in your job search before you spend a lot of time going in the wrong direction.
Have a terrific week,
Ken Lazar, Principal
Ability Professional Network, LLC
Recruiting Sales and Business Development Professionals