It is wonderful to stop and take time to see what you have learned about yourself during a job search. Each day there are thousands of people all over the country conducting a job search. These searches take place online, in person and via traditional classified advertisements. Most people look at the job search process as a way of asking for things and hoping for results. While that is one way of looking at the job search, it is not the only way. You can also look at the job search as a way of learning important things about yourself.
The following is a list of five things you can learn about yourself from the job search:
1. How you handle stress
2. Who you are as a person, as a professional
3. What skills you have that are valuable in the open market
4. When you are at your best, most sparkling
5. Where is your area of geographic comfort for work and home
All of these things are critically important because in order to succeed, a woman must know her place in the universe. Learning the answers to these questions will help you be more successful during your job search.
How you handle stress is one of the first lessons you learn during a job search. The job search is a process filled with stress. Trying to find a job to apply for is stressful. Preparing resumes and cover letters is stressful. Going on job interviews is stressful. Waiting to hear back from interviewers is stressful. Not getting offered a job you really want is stressful. There is no choice but to handle this stress when it arrives. Look back at how you reacted to each of these things. Determine which method of dealing with the pressure and stress worked best for you. When you discover it, remember it and use that stress release method in other stressful areas of life.
Knowing who you are as a person and as a professional is crucial to your success during a job search and through life. During a job search you are asked thousands of questions about what you value, what you want from life, how you solve problems and how you would deal with problems in the workplace. These questions often are part of the interview screening process. These questions force a person to figure out who she is and what she wants personally and professionally. The job search process causes self-examination in a way that few other activities do. Pay attention to how you answer interview questions, the types of jobs you have applied for and what you felt during the process. This information will tell you a great deal about who you are personally and professionally.
When you can identify the skills you have that are valuable in the open market your job searches can be more efficient. No matter what type of work you are doing, there are specific skills, qualifications and talents necessary. The job search process will show you clearly and definitely what skills and talents you have that are of value in the marketplace. When you do a job search, the types of positions for which you qualify will tell you what skills, if any, you have that are of value in the marketplace. This information is important because it will tell you if you have valuable skills or if you need to do work to get or update your skills to make yourself more valuable in the marketplace.
The knowledge of when you are the most at your best and most sparkling is another important thing learned during the job search process. Look back over your job search experience and make determine when you were the most smiling and animated during interviews. Look back at the interviews you went on and determine what times you were happiest, most error free and most energetic. Think back about the times when you were actually looking for jobs to apply for, when was the search process the easiest. Determine at what time you were able to go through the job possibilities with the most ease and less stress. When you know this information, you will know your best hours for work and interacting with others.
It is important to know your geographic comfort zone. When conducting a job search, it is inevitable that you will find interesting possibilities near and far from your home. Even the process of going on interviews will tell you where in the world you are comfortable. When you know where you are comfortable in the world it makes it easier for you to live your life. Geography determines the food you eat, the places where you shop and the kinds of friends you will make. Geography helps you determine if you are willing to relocate to an area for work or if you are willing to commute to certain neighborhoods. This information may even influence where you retire when all your job search work is done.
In conclusion, it is wonderful to stop and take time to see what you have learned about yourself during a job search. So, the question for you this wonderful day is what have you learned while doing a job search?
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