02 Nov Performing a self-assessment for successful job hunting
At any given time—and in any given location—there are likely hundreds of available job openings. When you’re
seeking employment (whether temporary or permanent), you want to optimize the time you spend looking and
applying; that way, you are apt to get a suitable job in the quickest manner possible.
In essence, this means that one of the first critical steps in job hunting is to seek a position that matches your
existing skills, talents and experience. It’s certainly commendable to aspire for a job that has lofty qualifications;
most of us throughout our careers want to get better at what we do. Nonetheless, you need to be mindful that
employers with open jobs want to fill them as soon as possible—and that means hiring individuals who will not
require lots of on-the-job training.
As you begin your job search, therefore, you need to do a thorough self-assessment—one in which you’re honest
with yourself about your capabilities, credentials, attributes and strengths. There’s no point (plus it’s extremely
frustrating, not to mention unproductive!) trying to be someone you are not; it’s beneficial here to remember the
age-old expression: “Just be yourself!”
With that in mind, this blog is intended to provide you with broad guidelines for performing a thorough selfassessment—one that will ultimately put you on the path to landing a good job that’s aligned with your skills and
Specialized technical skills. Your past work experience (no matter how limited) has provided you with
qualifications to perform certain tasks. These tasks are as varied as can be. For example: Can you operate a
forklift? Do you know how to do machine work? Do you have experience performing specific repetitive tasks that
require speed and accuracy? Can you lift heavy objects safely and carefully? Do you possess computer skills?
Are you experienced with construction equipment or tools? The more you can drill down (pun intended!) to
identify technical skills in specialized areas, the more likely you are to stand apart from your competition.
Basic technical skills. Many jobs require skills or credentials that are directly tied to everyday life activities. Do
you have a driver’s license for passenger vehicles? What about a commercial driver’s license? Are you able to
read at a certain level? Are you comfortable with writing? Can you perform basic arithmetic and mathematical
computations? Are you familiar with timekeeping as the means to measure the successful execution and
completion of a task? By assessing your existing skills in this area, you can clearly define your “comfort zone.”
Personal skills. Here we can group those skills that are directly related to your personal attributes and traits. For
example, are you a “people person,” who is good at motivating or leading others? Do you have a knack for
catching inconsistencies and paying attention to details? Do you possess proven skills in planning and organizing
processes and procedures—such as the logistics involved with a warehouse or distribution-center position? Are
you good at problem solving and issue resolution?
Personal interests. Ideally, we would all prefer to work at a job that we find inherently interesting. (And, as we all
know, the more interested we are in a task, the better we will execute it.) As part of your self-assessment, it may
be fruitful to review your personal likes and interests; doing so may help focus your job search by identifying specific areas worth pursuing. For example, do you like to work outdoors? Are you meticulous about
housekeeping and maintaining high standards of sanitation and cleanliness? Do you find it fulfilling to fix things or
make repairs? Have you always had a keen interest in engines or mechanics?
Personal values. To the extent possible, everyone wants to be associated with a company whose values they
share. Of course, no job is ever “perfect,” but there’s no harm in reflecting on your personal values as part of your
self-assessment. For example, are you environmentally conscientious? Do you wish to create a better world for
your children and future generations? Are you particularly opinionated about a specific social or societal issue?
You’d be surprised at the extent to which having a job you consider part of a “bigger solution” can positively
affect your attitude and on-the-job performance.
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