Starting Your Search

There are a number of reasons why people decide to start a search for a new position. Everyone’s situation is unique and there are many reasons that trigger people to start looking for their next opportunity. This is personal to you and why you should begin by asking yourself some questions.  It will also help you build a “wish list” of criteria. As you go through the process, your expectations may change based on your interviewing experiences. You may need to be flexible as you move into the existing job market and rank those areas that are most important to you.

  1. What are some of the reasons you want to move to a new opportunity?
  2. Is your objective to move to the next level in your career or leverage your experience to a deeper more expanded role?
  3. Are you excited about going to a new opportunity or just focused on leaving where you are now?
  4. What functional position are you most qualified for?
  5. Is your resume up-to-date and does it represent your experience as well as accomplishments? Is it clear what your core experiences are and the value you bring?
  6. Which experiences have been the most exciting and challenging in your career and why?
  7. What size company will you thrive and perform at your best?
  8. Do you see yourself working for an established company or in an environment with limited resources and the opportunity to have a bigger impact and higher visibility?
  9. Are you looking for a manager who will also be a mentor?
  10. Who were the best managers you ever worked for and how did you grow from the experience?
  11. How important is the product or service you sell or market?
  12. Can you describe the culture within a company you best fit?
  13. How important is commute in your search?
  14. How much overnight travel are you willing to do?
  15. Are you prepared to leave your current company if you find the right opportunity?