The past year has been a tumultuous one, that’s for sure. The coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic have affected the job market and the economy tremendously. Perhaps you have been affected on a personal level, a professional level, or both.
As we pass the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus appearing in this country, this might be a good time for reflection. Specifically, it could be an opportune time to reflect and evaluate your job situation, whatever that situation might be.
Below are five questions for reflection and for evaluating your job situation:
#1—What do I enjoy about my job?
This should be a relatively easy question to answer. You could simply write down the reasons on a piece of paper. (Hopefully, there are reasons you like your job.)
If you are currently unemployed, then think about jobs that you’ve had in the past. What did you enjoy most about them? Even if you are currently employed, you can draw upon past work experiences when creating your list.
#2—What unique skills do I possess?
There are probably certain skills that everybody at your employer possess. But what might you possess that others do not? These skills represent value, and if you have unique skills that others do not, that means you have value and can offer value that others can not.
#3—What certifications or licenses do I have?
Depending upon the industry in which you work, it may be important to have certain certifications. In fact, there are some certifications that might be mandatory. Do you have those and do you have any certifications beyond those, because once again, they represent additional value.
#4—How would I describe my ideal job?
Based on your past jobs and your current job, if you’re presently employed, what has been missing from those jobs? What are the things that you desire most in a job?
Once again, if it helps, you can simply write down the answers to these questions on a piece of paper. Documenting your vision is an important first step toward realizing it.
#5—How does my current job stack up to this ideal job?
This is where “the rubber hits the road,” so to speak. While doing this comparison, you can get a better idea of where you are and where you want to be. The only thing left is to figure out how you’re going to get there.
There’s an old adage that states, “You can’t get where you’re going if you don’t know where you are.” While that may sound quaint, it has real-world applications, including with your current job situation. This is why it’s important to ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly in the pursuit of greater job satisfaction and career success.
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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