Stella- 'Ideal Job' Exercise

Your Ideal Next Job & Employer Exercise

Phil Stella, Effective Training & Communication

How many of you are seeking a new job?

How many are seeking a great new job with a great employer, so good that you would have left your previous job to take it?

How many will know it when you see it or where to find it?

If you didn’t answer ‘yes’ to the third question very well, here’s an exercise that will help you know your ideal next jobs and employers … and how to find them. It’s time-consuming and difficult, but well worth your effort.

 

1. Define what you do the best - list your top 10 specific skills, talents and traits you bring to your next employer. How do you know you’re good at them?

 

What you do the best at work                             How do you know?

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2.  Now, Force Rank your list - something will be #1 and something #10.

 

What you do the best at work                            

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3. Define what you like to do the most at work - list the top 10 specific work-related tasks or processes you enjoy the most. Why do you like them?
 

What you enjoy doing most at work                 Why?

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4. Now, Force Rank that list, too - something will be #1 and something #10.
 

What you enjoy doing most at work                

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5. Look at the top four or five items on each list - they describe your ideal blend of talents and passions. Build your next job around them.
 

What you do best                                                   What you enjoy most

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2.  ____________________________                2.  ________________________

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5.  ____________________________                5.  ________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Translate those items - not necessarily all of them in each case - into specific job functions, so you have something concrete to look for.
 

Specific Job Function                                           Talents & Passions involved

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7. Now, define those Objective Criteria describing your ideal next employer that are important to you - details about location, size, industry, growth, salary guidelines, health care and other benefits, etc. Why are they important? 

 

Objective Criteria                                               Why are they important to you?

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8. Force Rank this list. 

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9. Next, define the Subjective Criteria describing your ideal next employer that are important to you - details about culture, values, work-life balance, integrity, etc. Why are these important to you?

 

Subjective Criteria                                            Why are they important to you?

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10. Force Rank this list. 

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11. Look at the top four or five items on each list - they describe your ideal next employer.

 

Objective Criteria                                                    Subjective Criteria

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12. Now, identify organizations that meet these important criteria as much as possible. Where will you find out the information you need about them to be sure they’re ideal for you?

 

Potential Employers                                              Sources of information

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This whole complicated and time-consuming process can now drive your

pro-active and focused job search networking and information-gathering. You can network with people you know or meet to find employers that match your profile. Network to find people inside those organizations to connect with and discuss future job opportunities.

 

Your odds of successfully landing something closer to your Ideal Job at your Ideal Employer should be much better than only using traditional reactive and passive job searching methods, like posting resumes, responding to job ads and generic networking. 

 

Good luck with this process and your job searches.