Have you ever talked to a job seeker who is so desperate to find a new job he or she says “I’ll take any job.”
When you ask what the top choice is, he either lists a few jobs that are completely unrelated, or can’t name one target job?
This person has little chance of finding a job he will be happy with or meet his goals.
You can’t find something if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
Here’s a different way of looking at it:
Imagine it’s dinner time. You’re hungry and ask your friend to go out to eat with you. Your friend asks which restaurant you want to go to. You say you don’t care where you go, as long as you can eat soon.
Your friend asks if you want pizza or Chinese food. You say you had pizza for lunch and don’t like Chinese. Italian? Not in the mood. Sushi? Too expensive.
Again, your friend asks what restaurant you want to go to. You still don’t know, but you’re getting more and more hungry.
Every time your friend suggests something, you give a reason why you don’t want to eat that type of food. You’ve given no thought to what you do want, only what you don’t want.
You’re friend can’t help you find a good meal because you don’t know what you want. You get frustrated and want to give up the search – but you’re still hungry and you need to eat.
Get the point?
No matter how desperate you are to leave your old job or get a better paycheck, you must think about what you want your next career move to be. Look for jobs that match your salary requirements, will use your skills, and is in an environment you will like.
There are jobs out there. If you don’t think about the type of job you want to move into, you could starve.
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