Job Search Strategy: Assessment (1)

This is a seven post series describing what a job search strategy looks like.

  1. What a Job Search Strategy Looks Like
  2. Job Search Strategy: Assessment (1)
  3. Job Search Strategy: Research (2)
  4. Job Search Strategy: Presenting Yourself (3)
  5. Job Search Strategy: Project Management (4)
  6. Job Search Strategy: Interview Strategies (5)
  7. Job Search Strategy: Project Update (6)

Let’s dig into the first step of Hannah Morgan’s six step job search strategy: Assessment.  In the image below you can see that this step has various components… remember, you should not skip this step. I skipped it in my job search, and in it’s place I put wrong assumptions.  This is a great time… it’s the right time, to pause and really think through this “who are you, what do you want to be when you grow up” phase.  DON’T SKIP THIS SEEMINGLY SIMPLE STEP.

Skills, Knowledge, Passions: Or, whatever acronym you want (in the federal government, this might be KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities)). You might have done an assessment five months ago, or five years ago, but now things are different.  You now have a great opportunity to assess your SKPs without any presumption of a job you are in, or a career path that you were on. It’s a blank slate, and it’s time to be honest about what you are really good at and what you really want to do.

STAR Development: This stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result, and is similar to PAR, CAR, OAR, etc.  What you come up with is what I call a “mini story” and can be used in interviews, on your LinkedIn Profile, etc.  Creating these is a super… SUPER personal branding exercise.

Job, Occupation, Industry: What kind job do you want to work in, doing what, and in what industry?  Are you suited or trained for that, or do you need training?

Company Culture, Management Style: What kind of culture do you want to work in? What kind of boss(es) (and team) do you want to have?  What would really delight you?

You might look at all of those and think “I already know this… let’s get my resume ready!”  But this is the Ready and Aim part of ready-aim-fire! Write this down, sleep on it, revisit it the next day.  Be honest with yourself, and make sure that you are pointing in the right direction before you start working hard on your job search.

The result of this step is having a better grasp on who you are, what you want to offer, what would make you happier and put in you in a more successful environment.