WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS AND GOALS?
A new position at a new company is an important decision which we believe should be carefully considered so you are confident you are making a move that may not only be financially beneficial, but meets your expectations for growth, challenge, and advancement.
When you decide to take your next career step, write out your personal and professional goals to see if they align. Honestly answer the following questions (It's what we call the CLAMPS exercise) then prioritize by importance to you:
- Challenge—Do you enjoy working on new projects? How far do you want your skills tested? Do you enjoy solving problems?
- Location—What are your preferences for commuting? Are you willing to relocate to another city or state? Are you willing to relocate to another country if the position requires it?
- Advancement—Where do you see yourself in 3, 5, 10 years? How important is advancement to you? Are training opportunities important to you?
- Money—Will you take a lateral compensation move if it brings more opportunity? What do you feel you deserve in compensation? Have you asked for and received a raise at your current company recently?
- People—Do you want to manager people? How important are the people you work with? Are you looking for a mentor? Do you prefer a team collaborative environment, or do you work better on your own?
- Security—Are you looking for a long-term employment opportunity at a long-standing company? Are you prepared to risk working for a start-up company?
Next Steps—Take Control
- Resume. Make sure your resume is up to date and well organized. See Resume Tips.
- Support. Be sure that your family endorses your choices. You'll be able to move faster when an offer is tendered.
- Networking. Your career network should include friends, current and former colleagues, vendors, industry contacts, recruiters, teachers and classmates.
- Skills. Today's economic environment is constantly changing. Make sure your skills are up-to-date.