A blank piece of paper can be inspiring or intimidating, a clean slate or a lack of ideas. The start of the job search process looks like a big white space to most college students and new college grads.
Before you “do something” which typically means applying to a myriad of jobs you know little or care nothing about, I encourage you to honestly evaluate and rank your personal priorities first so you can use this list as a roadmap to direct your search.
Think about and rank the importance of these factors relative to one another so you can see what’s important to you (not your roommate, sibling, or parents)
- Money – salary range for the jobs/areas of interest
- Geographic location – specify where you want to live
- Mission and Value – the importance your values align with the company
- Company – a list of companies you admire and would move anywhere for
- Job role – you are driven by what you do every day in terms activities
- Industry – you have an aversion or a passion for a specific industry
- Company culture – physical location and team environment
- Company size – start-up, mid size or Fortune 500
Once this exercise is complete, you will have learned a lot about yourself. Plus, these findings can drive your next steps.