It’s that time of year, time for reflection, refocus and, of course, resolutions. Everyone has different goals; some people want to eat healthier while others want to take the trips they have been planning for years. Maybe this year your goal is a more professional one—to find a new job. The reason for this change may vary. Maybe you’re feeling unappreciated, unchallenged or simply uninspired by your current employer. At the same time, you may have hesitations about jumping back into the job market. Are there any positions out there right now? Are my skills and abilities still valuable? Do I even know how to look for a job anymore? 

The answer to all of these questions is yes! Let’s start with some foundational questions. What are you looking for in a new job, and how can you start a successful search? After being in the recruiting business in Iowa for over 21 years, we have learned a thing or two about these subjects. We have come up with a few tips and tricks to help achieve your 2020 career goal. 


Have you considered what you are looking for in a job? Deciphering your answers will ensure you are satisfied with the change. For an overall perspective, we have compiled a few questions to give you the right frame of mind. 

What do you enjoy in your current job? 

Something drew you to your current position. Maybe you saw the company consistently show up on award lists or heard of their positive corporate culture. Being part of an organization recognized for its outstanding work and assertive company culture is a valuable factor to consider. A supportive team and a wholesome work environment are likely things that have kept you in your role. If those characteristics are not present, our next question can help clarify your desire for a new job. 

What do you dislike about your current job? 

Something about your current role is not a great fit, but what? Spend 15 -20 minutes addressing things that make anxious, irritated, unmotivated, etc. While writing can be therapeutic, this should not be a harsh journal of complaints or blame-shifting. This list should show specific and concise responsibilities or situations that have left a negative impact on your job. 

What is your dream job? 

Now that you’ve thought through the positives and negatives, think about what new things you would love to see in a career. This will take some time. Sit down and peruse job boards, social media platforms, corporate career pages of ideal companies and any other resource that offers potential benefits or corporate culture characteristics. Do this over the course of a week or so, using whatever tools you prefer (Evernote, paper and pen, etc.). The key is not the method but the content you compile. This information is going to be the foundation of the decisions you make in your job search. 

Walking through these issues is just the start. Next week we will highlight key steps on how to efficiently search for a job. However, the answers to these three questions will set you up for success in your career search. If you have further questions on this topic, please contact us at Palmer Group. We have the industry experience and resources to help you move forward. 

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