Before you apply to your next job or go on your next interview, ask yourself this:
𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲?
How will you know it’s the right employer for you without first doing some homework?
Is the company working on projects you want to work on?
Are they solving challenges that are meaningful to you?
👉 𝗗𝘂𝗲 𝗗𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲
Do your values align with those of the company?
How will you know you’re not trading one set of problems (current job) for another set of problems (new job)?
👉 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘀/𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁
What are the benefits of working there vs. where you work now?
What is the downside of working there vs. where you work now?
What constitutes the best possible offer for you?
What would it take for you to leave your current job for a new job?
Are you willing to put in the effort it takes to see this job application through to the end (accept a fair offer)?
What might you be overlooking, forgetting or not yet seeing about the new job?
A lot of work goes into an effective job application. Before you invest valuable time and energy in making a move, do your homework. Feel confident you’re moving your career in the right direction.
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Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.