Planning for a new job
Everybody approaches career planning differently. Depending on your personal preferences and how you prioritize a multitude of competing aspects — ranging from start date to desired pay; available hours to health benefits; company culture to commuting time — your planning and search phases may last just days or could span months or even years.
Whether you’re just beginning to consider a new job or have already begun searching open positions, there’s a lot you can do prior to turning in an application that will increase your chances of being happy and successful at work. Mapping out your intentions, knowing what your qualifications are and how they fit into the marketplace are important for establishing realistic goals and will ultimately provide the basis for how you approach applying and interviewing.
Even if you have significant experience, changing factors such as average salaries in a given industry, current unemployment rates and cost of living for your area are important considerations as you work to find a new position. Palmer Group is deeply in-tune with current employment trends and understands what factors and traits are deemed to be most important in the hiring process. Keep in mind that while most employers understand that it is nearly impossible to find the “perfect employee,” they too prioritize their hiring based on a number of factors and work with us to make sure that together, we find candidates that are most in line with their hiring vision.
So before you start your search, make sure to ask yourself what your priorities are. You may find that the answers you come up with can help you stay focused on what you — and employers — really want.
What should you be earning? Find out with our Iowa Salary Guide. A joint project between Palmer Group and the Greater Des Moines Partnership, we’ve created our most comprehensive guide yet to bring you up-to-date insights and data for hundreds of job titles across Iowa.