Step 1: Know Where You've Been n2.jpg

You take your first step toward your future by looking back at what you've done with your career. No experience you've ever had, regardless of how it ended, has been a waste of time. Everything you've done has taught you more about yourself - what you're capable of doing, what you like, what you hate, and what you need. The jobs you've held are no exceptions. Now that you have a bit of distance from your last work experience, you can look at your past job and prior positions from a new perspective. Here's a starter list of questions you can ask to reveal key information.

  • What did I like best, and least, about my last job?
  • What did I like best, and least, about the company?
  • What did I like best, and least, about the people with whom I worked?
  • What did I like best, and least, about the people for whom I worked?
  • What were my most important and satisfying accomplishments?
  • What were my most significant failures?
  • What kind of positive feedback did I receive from others?
  • What kind of negative feedback did I receive?
  • What was missing from my last job that I'd seek in a new position?

Now ask yourself the same questions about other (including volunteer) jobs that you've held. Knowing where you've been - and what you did, didn't do, and wish you'd done while you were there - is the first step toward building a new career in which you can achieve personal satisfaction and professional success.

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