Hint: Write down your answers.

What is my #1 priority?

The days and hours I work because of family or other obligations.

A job I really like. What hours or days I work does not matter.

A job I like and allows me to have time for my family and friends.

Note: For this part exclude your supervisors and co-workers (peers and subordinates.)

What you like most about your current job?

What do you like least about your current job?

Identify the statements below that are applicable to you?

If it were not for a supervisor(s) I would really like my current job.

I like my supervisor and co-workers, I just don’t like what I do at my current job.

If my supervisors did not push me to do the aspects I like least about my job I would like my supervisors.

If my co-workers did not push me to do the aspects I like least about my job I would like my co-workers.

From the list below write down all that are applicable to you.

  • I want to be a part of the key leadership team.
  • I want to be part of leadership and develop skills to be a member of the key leadership team.
  • I prefer to work as a team member.
  • I prefer to work solo.
  • I like frequent contact with people.
  • I prefer to work in a quiet office on a computer.


Hint: Put your information aside for about a week and go through this again without looking at what you had written down previously. Then compare the information. If there is a significant difference in the information wait a few days and do again. It may helpful to write on a separate sheet of paper any consistent information.

You may read this and thought this is silly and that’s okay.

You may have tried this and thought, wow, maybe it’s really the job I don’t like and it is easier for me to cope with if I tell myself I am unhappy doing what I am doing because of supervisors or co-worker.

The moral of the story is: 1) Before you start your new job search know what you want to do. 2) Changing jobs every year does not help you find the job you are looking for and employers usually don’t want “job hoppers.” If you like frequent changes in your work environment you may want to work as a temporary or interim employee. There are a lot of options for employment when you understand your needs and wants as it relates to employment.

Good employers want people who are a good fit for the job they are trying to fill. They want people who are going to be engaged in their mission and vision