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As a career coach, one of the biggest challenges I notice job searchers struggling with is figuring out what business or organization would be the right fit for them.

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Often, after months of job searching, one’s standards might become more flexible just to get a job and a paycheck in the pipeline again. Or perhaps, to feel relieved and excited by any job offer, especially after experiencing many rejections.

Sometimes I will hear that someone took a new job elsewhere just to get away from a current job that they were miserable in and now they feel like it's Groundhog Day because they are still miserable.

So here is a 3-step process to help you get a clear idea about how and where you can contribute your best work. It includes identifying your values, creating your own ideal job criteria, and matching that information to employers who have similar values in their work culture. Let’s begin!

1. Identify your values

Write down all of your values and come up with your top 3, as they translate into the kind of work environment where you thrive.

Some examples to get you thinking are: autonomy, transparency, team-oriented, flexible work schedule, diverse and inclusive, fun, the mission is focused on environmentally sound principles, opportunities to give back in the community, etc.

What’s most important to you that will support your success in the workplace and allow you to offer your strengths? Start here to get yourself thinking about the values that will translate well into the culture of a prospective company.

2. Create your ideal job criteria

Find some quiet time and allow yourself to be creative, playful, and non-judgmental. Apply "unlimited possibility thinking" to identify the kind of career/job/contribution that fits with your passions and interests.

As you think about your ideal job criteria, consider the following starter questions and add as many details as you can imagine as you answer them for yourself:

Who would I like to work with or serve in this position? What am I doing, offering, or receiving from this position? Will I like where I am (traveling to/from) in this position? How will I be making an impact in this position?

3. Find suitable matches

Now, list 3 specific places to research that are a good fit with your values and ideal job criteria. Check out the jobs on Localwise that are a match!

Ask yourself these questions when considering each of the positions:

Matching your values with a company’s values can entirely transform your work experience. Put these three things into practice when searching for your next job in order to find the best place for you to work. It'll be a win-win for both you and your future employer.

When am I doing it (what time, how often)? Why does this position matter to me, or why not? How much am I making or contributing to this position? How does this position fit in with my purpose, passions, values, strengths, etc.?

Matching your values with a company’s values can entirely transform your work experience. Put these three things into practice when searching for your next job in order to find the best place for you to work. It'll be a win-win for both you and your future employer.

 

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