Wednesday, January 10, 2007

5 Factors to Consider Before Your Next Job Search

Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ --

The job market has recovered from its early 2000 slump, and studies show that this is the tightest job market in years.

This could be the best time in years for employees to leave unwanted jobs without the prospect of advancement or future. However, finding a more fulfilling position in an industry of interest might seem an overwhelming challenge to some individuals. This is a problem that experts find could be remedied by comprehensive personality testing at the outset of a job hunt to find hidden strengths and desires.

"People get ahead by doing their best work,"
said Sharon Birkman-Fink, CEO, Birkman International, creators of the Birkman Method® for personality assessment.

"The Birkman Method® provides information. The more information we have, the more educated we are about ourselves, the better able we should be to make decisions that are right for us and which lead to fulfillment,"
said Anthony Broadhead, of Careerfoundations of London, UK.

Salary is only one factor should be taken into consideration when it comes to job hunting, according to Birkman-Fink. Four other factors contribute heavily to reported job fit, feelings of career satisfaction and happiness in work-related relationships:

  1. Personal Interests - the opportunity for an individual to have many job experiences that energize them.
  2. Situational Requisites - the opportunity for an individual to work within a context that enables productivity and satisfaction.
  3. Behavioral Style Alignment - the organization supports the individual's personal approach to relationship and task accomplishments.
  4. Organizational Alignment - the individual is closely matched to the organization's style of accomplishing organizational goals.

Abridged: Yahoo! Finance

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