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Employ Thyself: Step 3 – Eliminate and Evaluate

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On July 26, 2018

Before beginning this step, please complete steps 1 and step 2 as described in my previous blogs.

 

When you begin your job search you most likely started off thinking, “There aren’t any good options”. By now you might be feeling overwhelmed by the number of options you researched as part of step 2. Start by comparing the employers and job titles that interest you. Do so by pulling together a list of postings or company websites. Save these all in a folder. As you begin this next exercise, keep the following questions in mind:
Is this the right culture fit? Go back to the “Exploration and Self-Awareness Exercise” from “Employ Thyself: Step 1 – Know Yourself” and see what you wrote down under “Environment / Culture / Values”.

 

Am I genuinely interested in this position or employer? You might just be “panic-applying”. Meaning you might be applying to several positions, none of which would be a good fit. If you developed an overnight interest in a position or employers due to a brief conversation or a flashy post on LinkedIn – this most likely is not an avenue worth exploring.
Will I have the resources I need to excel? Think of this in terms of training, professional development, and support. The right position will help you move forward with your career.

 

Comparing Potential Employers and Positions Exercise

Fill out the following information for each employer or job posting you are considering. I strongly recommend keeping this exercise for reference. You may come back to it throughout your job search. Circle any items that appeal to you, strikethrough anything you dislike, and underline any areas for concern. This will help you see which employers or position types merit further investigation and which should be discarded. I recommend discussing specific areas of concerns with your network. As for the dislikes, go with your gut. If a position or employer does not seem like the right fit, do not apply. After completing this exercise, you should have decreased your number of choices to a more manageable level. I recommend filling out both sections (employer and position) for each position before you apply.

 

Employers / Companies

Employer name: ________________________________

Number of employers at organization: _________

Number of people you would interact with regularly: _________

Employer mission statement or philosophy:

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Training, education, and/or professional development opportunities:

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Other interesting facts:

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Positions / Job Postings

Job Title: _______________________________________________________

Summary of daily tasks:

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Partners or colleagues:

____________________________________________________

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Schedule: __________________________

Benefits:

Medical: _______________

Dental: ________________

Vision: ________________

Vacation / Sick time: ______________________

Other: _________________________________________________________________

Other interesting facts:

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Employ Thyself: Step 3 – Eliminate and Evaluate

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