Have you ever gone through the majority of an application or interview process and realized that job you were interested in really was not what you expected? As a recruiter, I can say that candidates experience this more often than not. But why does this happen? It may be that the job title is misleading, it may be that the job description is unclear, or maybe the job description doesn’t match the resume.
Whatever the case, there are ways to ensure that the job you are applying for is a job that matches your interests, background and career goals.
It’s Too Easy To Apply To Any Job:
Thanks to the online application, we’ve made the process convenient and easier. That being said, it is much easier to apply to any job without appropriately understanding the job at hand. For example, some job searches will begin by job title: finding online ads for jobs based on a specific job title, job field and location, and then applications are made accordingly. Some job seekers will search by employer: finding a list of key companies and applying for a variety of job titles, job fields and locations. While these are efficient methods in job searching, title and employer alone are not strong indicators that the job matches your personal brand, industry experience and career goals.
You Have Your Resume, But What About Your List Of Expectations?
Before submitting your resume and application for review, it is important to understand if the job at hand fits your personal and career expectations. Before your employer or job title search, it is first a great practice to understand and list what it is you want in a job and what you hope to accomplish or achieve. In brief, you will write your own job description, or role expectations, of what it is you need in a potential job and employer.
Start with the basics: job titles, job seniority level, locations and where you are capable of commuting. Then, you might want to think about specific duties or responsibilities you expect to have in your new job. For example, you might want to manage people or be an individual contributor. You may want to be responsible for large long term projects or you may want to see success from short term wins. It is also best to list your personal values and careers goals. Would you prefer to work for a large matrixed organization, a nimble start-up firm or somewhere in between? Identify intrinsic values you might like to see in a potential employer: growth and development, work/life balance, employer culture, organizational structure – what is meaningful to you?
Comparing Your Expectations:
Now that you have a list of your wants and desires, and depending on how well you crafted your list of expectations, you can easily compare your list to the job posting content, job description and any of the job expectations shared with you by HR or the hiring manager. The bottom line is that you will be able to readily understand whether a job is truly right for you quite early on in your job search. Therefore, you will better manage your time sifting through job titles and applications, and make better decisions on the job that may or may not be a fit.