A successful search matches a candidate with a job that fits his or her interests, abilities, and values. Even if you know exactly what you want to do, it's helpful to take time to reflect on your own needs and goals before launching your search.
You undoubtedly have many abilities and talents. Which of them do you want to utilize in your work? Which of them would you prefer to channel into satisfying avocations or recreational pursuits?
What do you like to do? What type of environment matches your work style? Knowing something about the kind of people with whom you want to work, and the types of tasks you find rewarding, can help you identify opportunities that are a good fit for you.
Having a career that aligns with your values is critical. Working for an organization whose culture, environment, or goals violate your core values is stressful and personally costly. Knowing yourself will help you avoid committing to work opportunities that conflict with your beliefs.
Refer to our Career Self-Assessment Tip Sheet for more information about various self-assessment tools.