Are you considering looking for a new job? Or hiring a new candidate? Regardless of your role as a potential job applicant or a hiring manager, it is important to kick off your search with a little reflection.

As you consider the questions below, keep your previous experiences in mind. What worked? What didn’t? What ideas have crossed your mind in the past? Now is the time to try something new!

Job Seekers

  1. What challenges did you encounter in your current role? With your current manager? What have you liked about your current team? (If you are still a student, think about teachers, mentors, and classmates.)
  2. What skills do you have? What skills would you like to develop? How do you like to learn?
  3. Are there “strengths” and “weaknesses” that you can capitalize on?
  4. What are you passionate about? Your future material wealth? Supporting the community? In what ways?
  5. What do you value in a job? What about your personal life? In an ideal world, are there was a position may be able to merge all that you value?
  6. What actually energizes you (vs. considering what you are supposed to do)? Is it physical activity? Spending time outside? Sitting in an office with like-minded people? Traveling?
  7. Who have you worked or volunteered with? What would they have to say about you?
  8. Would you consider moving for the perfect job? What cities appeal to you?

Use this inventory of information to build job goals and objectives. This will inform all the other actions you take during the job-search process, including where to seek job opportunities.

Hiring Managers

  1. What challenges have you encounter with previous or existing team members? With your own current manager? What have you liked about your current team?
  2. What skills does the role require? What skills may be developed on the job? Might this be part of the appeal of the job for candidates?
  3. What are you strengths and weaknesses as a manager? What is your management style? How must this line up with the ideal candidate?
  4. What is the organization passionate about? How does it motivate employees? How does this empower you to motivate employees?
  5. What do you personally value about your role with the organization? Does this manifest as a strong work-life balance?
  6. What is the context of this role? Is in mostly physical? Primary indoors? Involve a lot of travel?
  7. Will you be seeking a candidate with an extensive network of contacts?
  8. Where is the job located? Is it possible to complete any tasks related with the role remotely?

Use this inventory of information to build a job description and goals for the role. This will inform all the other actions you take during the hiring process, including how to find candidates for the role, and ensure successful orientation, training and reviews for new hires.

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