Before you start your job search, ask yourself these 3 questions

Spring Forward: three questions may help you figure out “what do you want to do with your life.”

It’s official, the first day of spring has arrived. Spring gets us thinking about spring cleaning — out with the old and into something new. We’re not talking about closets, nope.  We’re talking about you – it’s time to step into that fresh new job or career.

We know your search can be overwhelming and easy to put off especially if you are not totally sure what it is you want to do. What you want to do can be hard to define yet it’s key to having a successful search. It also makes a great excuse for not getting started:  “…but, I don’t know what I want to do” lends itself to doing nothing at all.  That lack of focus can either stop you in your tracks or if you do get started, become frustrating because you can’t quite pinpoint the right job. Instead try figuring out what you love to do as a way of backing into the “it” job.   

Try the three lists exercise to hone in on what you want to do with your life. 

  • what do you LOVE to do: it comes naturally to you, and you feel happy and get energy when you are doing it
  • what do you LIKE to do: you may be good at this but aren’t necessarily in love with the work, it may be a necessary evil of the job
  • what do you DISLIKE: if you never had to do this task, project, etc. you’d be on cloud nine

By the end of this exercise, you should have a nice checklist to guide your search. Focus on the things you LOVE, with a little LIKE in there. Use those descriptions as keyword searches on job boards.  There may be the perfect job out there you never knew existed.

If you’ve already been on the search, check this list against the job descriptions you’re applying for, are they compatible or does it demonstrate the need to rethink the kind of jobs you’re searching for?


“I always knew I wanted to be someone but now I realize I should have been more specific.”

—  Lily Tomlin

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