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Here’s a quick analogy –

If you were to sign up with an online dating service the first task for you would be to describe what you are looking for.

“What are you looking for in a mate?”

It makes sense.

How are you going to find your mate if you haven’t declared what is important to you?

It’s not that different in a job search.

The first question to yourself should be –

“What are you looking for in a job?”


“When have you been most motivated? “Most energized?”

When have you been most satisfied in your work?

When did you feel like you were making a difference or making a contribution?

What do you want MORE of?

What do you want LESS of?

What didn’t you like, and hope that you will do less of in your next job?

Basically, it’s about knowing what you want.

The Perfect Answer

There is no such thing as the “perfect” answer to this question.
Your answer will be individual and based on your own satisfaction and dissatisfaction. No one can do this for you.

Only you have the answer.

“What is it that you want in your next job?”

“Don’t think about what you want to BE

think about what you want to DO.”

Barbara Boxer (retired U.S. Senator)