Do You Go After the Right Interview, or the Right Job?

Success FailureWhat are you doing to find your next job? Are you blindly chasing interviews, hoping something will come along, or are you focused on finding a job that is a good fit for you?

If you’re not sure whether you are looking for the right job, you need to take the time to define the job you want. Often, a good place to start is with the job you have/had. I strongly suggest you take the time to write out your responses to the following questions. The results will help to focus you on what you really want.

1. What?
Describe the job you would want to be promoted to at your current (or last) company. Be honest with yourself, and be realistic. But let yourself dream about what you really want to do next. List the title, salary, responsibilities, and level of authority. What are the three most important goals you would have to achieve in that job in order to be successful? What are the daily tasks you would be expected to perform?

2. How?
How would you do this job if you had it? List the things you would need to do to achieve each of the three goals you described above. How would you perform the day-to-day tasks better than they are being performed now?

3. Why?
Why should you be assigned this job? What profit would you add to your company’s bottom line if you accomplished your goals? Make your best estimate. If you need to do some thinking and research to figure this out, do it. The profitability question is at the heart of every hiring decision.

If you’re not satisfied with what you came up with, select another job and do the exercise again. Keep practicing until you feel good about the work and the job you want to do.

4. Reality Check
Review your plan with someone you respect and trust at the company, or with someone who understands your business. You may even be able to review it with your boss, explaining that these are your professional goals over the next year. Ask for suggestions to improve your plan. Listen carefully to all comments. (If you think this exercise might land you a promotion at your current company, you’re right. This same planning that will also net you a new job if you are in a transition.)

Now, use what you’ve learned from taking the time to define the job you want – look for jobs that meet or exceed these requirements. Why waste your time settling for anything less?

Once you have identified the right job, you will be a powerful a candidate for that type of work. Don’t go after interviews — go after the right job – your career is too important not to.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

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