Nov 27, 2011

The Career Change Checklist

Do you feel unsatisfied with your job? Are you planning on a career change?

Let's face it. Before you blame your job, you need to know that your dissatisfaction is primarily because your job doesn't meet your core values in life. Or maybe it does, and you just failed to notice.

Here's a checklist for you to gauge your job satisfaction, and to check whether a possible career change may actually better the situation.

Go through the following criteria, and provide each of them an ideal grade (from 1 to 5), depending on how much you value it. Now, in the same list, find out how your current job scores against each of these points. Do the same with other potential job opportunities. You can now compare the results, and find out which career will suit your values and your lifestyle.

  • Achievement 1 2 3 4 5

    (accomplishing important things)

  • Aesthetics 1 2 3 4 5

    (attractive workspace)

  • Affiliation 1 2 3 4 5

    (membership in organization as a source of pride)

  • Alignment with boss 1 2 3 4 5

  • Artistic creativity 1 2 3 4 5

  • Autonomy & independence 1 2 3 4 5

    (most work self-determined, with limited direction from others)

  • Change & variety

  • Chaos

    (loosely defined environment; goals and priorities unclear)

  • Community activity

  • Commute

  • Competition

  • Creativity

  • Dual careers

    (place also offers career opportunities for partner)

  • Employee benefits

  • Excitement

  • Fast pace

  • Friendships

  • Glass ceiling

    (work environment offers all groups equal potential to work at highest levels)

  • Global focus

    (potential to live/work abroad)

  • Help others

  • Impact society

  • Influence people

  • Intellectual status

  • Knowledge

  • Legacy

    (be remembered for specific achievement by those who follow after)

  • Lifestyle integration

    (ability to balance family, career, and self-fulfillment)

  • Location

  • Loyalty

    (high level of reciprocal loyalty with organization)

  • Make decisions

  • Minimize stress

  • Mobility

    (opportunity to relocate when appropriate)

  • Moral affiliation

    (work with people of similar morals, values, and ethics)

  • Moral fulfillment

    (environment that reflects your own moral standards)

  • Multicultural affiliation

    (environment with people from broad range of ages, cultures, etc.)

  • Physical challenge

  • Power & authority

  • Precision work

  • Prestige

  • Profit & gain

  • Public contact

  • Pure challenge

    (work which requires you to overcome impossible obstacles, difficult problems, etc.)

  • Recognition

  • Risk

  • Security

  • Self-realization

    (potential for you to realize your best talents)

  • Stability

  • Supervision

    (you have responsibility for planning and managing work done by others)

  • Time freedom

  • Travel

  • Work alone

  • Work under pressure

  • Work with others

Good luck!

Nov 22, 2011

So, why does everyone wanna join Google?

There are few companies vitually every job seeker wants to join.

Silicon Valley is caught in a bitter talent war. And companies are going long and far to attract and retain their employees. That can only be great for job hunters.

So why does everyone want to join Google, Facebook and Apple?
The image below may shed some light.

Nov 14, 2011

The History of Job Search

Remember Rolodexes and newspaper ads? Still wondering how job seekers chased their dreams before Wisestep, Linkedin and job boards?

Mindflash has compiled an interesting infographic reminder.

Nov 12, 2011

Battle of the Resume Fonts

We all consider our Resume to be the most important document in closing a job opportunity. And for good reason.

But, despite the commonality of this opinion, there is nothing commonplace about the fonts we select for our CVs. Whether it is the classic Times New Roman, or the chic Trebuchet, we all have our favorites.

So, when a Senior Executive decided to find out the most commonly accepted Resume font - you could be sure - some sparks did fly.

Follow the link to find the results:

Nov 7, 2011

Now Job Sharing is Simpler, at Wisestep

It always helps to post your Jobs on your online network. Job Sharing helps you get Referrals and Applications from your network, and allows you to reach out to even passive job seekers.

However, it is quite a task, updating your Job Posts on three or four online profiles, every single day. We, at Wisestep, have introduced a new feature that will help take the sting out of the task.

The Publish Settings service now allows you to periodically update your latest Job Posts on your social networks. You just have to connect your Wisestep Account to your Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter profile, to ensure that your newest Jobs get displayed at regular intervals.

The flexible Scheduler allows your to manage your Job posting frequency, and the networks you posts Jobs on. So, you can take control of your Hiring Process, while making the most of your online connections.

Learn more about this service by following this link.

Set Up your Publishing once; Share Jobs every time.

Now, Let's take your Job Posts social!