News sources all over the place are listing "change jobs" as one of the top five resolutions people have made for 2013. Whether an improving economy is giving people hope or employees are looking for something that will make their life feel more worthwhile, resumes are bound to be flying in to job openings at the start of the year.
To start things off on the right foot, figure yourself out. You've worked for a few years and you know what kind of job you want. That's perfect. With everyone else that has the same new job resolution, you're left again to really make yourself stand out.
Go online or even to the library and find some personality tests. Get an idea of what your true strengths so you can explain those in an interview. Hiring professionals will appreciate that you know more about yourself than just what's on your resume.
Here are a few examples:
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: It measures how people perceive the world and make decisions.
- StrengthsFinder 2.0: It comes with a book you can pick up on Amazon or any retailer. It selects your five strengths and gives you an idea on how you impact the work place around you.
- The Career Key: There are scads of tests to help you choose a new career or even a new major if you're thinking about returning to school.
- The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II): This is one of the most widely used tests in the world and has an interesting way of determining personality and character type.
Google is your friend and there's plenty more to be found. You can't convince someone to hire you unless you truly know yourself past the surface level. This is a great start to get you there.