Career Growth Step One: Identify Interests

Get a New or Better Job: Step One: Identify Interests

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Blog, Career Exploration, Employment Articles, News, Series: New Job, Ticket to Work Articles by Sarah Lyngdal

People often think the first step in a job search is writing a resume, but that isn’t true for everyone. Before diving into a job search, it’s important to consider the types of jobs that you are interested in and the skills you most enjoy using.

If you haven’t been interested in or passionate about your past jobs, it probably won’t make you any happier to find a job that’s exactly like what you’ve previously done. Just because you’ve always been a flight attendant doesn’t mean that you can ONLY be a flight attendant. Think about your skills and abilities. If you’re interested in making a career shift, it’s likely there are skills you’ve used in previous jobs, internships, volunteer experiences, etc. that would easily transfer to a different job. For example, skills in: conflict management, customer service, written and verbal communication, and computer programs are all skills that would be required in many jobs.

If you aren’t sure what you want to do next, try a career assessment or resource for career exploration. Take an opportunity to see where your interests lie and explore possible careers that would allow you to utilize your skills.

Here are some resources I’ve found useful.

Identifying Interests and Employability
Additionally, knowledge of projected job growth, trends, required skills, and salary range for potential careers is always a good tool to have in your toolbox.

Job Growth and Trends

Once you’ve decided on the type of jobs you’d like (and hopefully qualify for), we can discuss where you may find available job opportunities.

Follow the other articles in this series:
Step Two: Find Opportunities
Step Three: Resume Writing
Step Four: Social Media and Networking

About the Author

Sarah Lyngdal

Sarah works with ERI's Ticket to Work program with a focus on providing high quality and efficient services. She is passionate about helping individuals move forward with their employment goals. More about Sarah