Job Search: Identify what you want (and don't want)!


When you’re looking for a new role, it’s important to start by thinking through the detail. What do you want in your new job? What role do you want this job to play in your longer-term career plan? What value do you want to add? What skills do you want to acquire? And so on.

Take 15 minutes to answer the questions below. This is certainly not an exhaustive list of everything you should consider. If you haven’t already completed an assessment of your values, we recommend you start there.


  • What type of industry do you want your role to be in? What type of industry would you definitely not want to be in?

  • Note: Knowing your ideal industry will help you focus your search. While you may end up taking a role in a different industry because the role checks other important boxes (i.e., responsibilities, location, compensation, etc.) that’s okay! Even so, having a few potential industries in mind will be helpful in narrowing your search.


  • What do you want to be doing each day?

  • What value do you want to be adding to the organization?

  • Do you want to be managing other team members?

  • Do you prefer to work with external clients or focus more on internal projects?

  • Do you want to own entire projects or are do you prefer to execute on a specifi c section of a project?

  • Do you prefer tight deadlines or longer projects?

  • Do you prefer tasks and projects that involve a lot of collaboration, or do you prefer to work alone?

  • Are you willing to travel? If so, how much?

Growth Opportunities:

  • What skills do you hope to acquire in this role?

  • What would be your ideal tenure at this company? Is it the type of role you would like to stay in for a year or two and then change companies? Or do you see opportunities for growth within the organization?

  • How often do you expect to be promoted?

Team Dynamic & Work Style:

  • Who would be your ideal coworkers?

  • Are you okay with your coworkers being in a different location from you?

  • Are you looking for significant autonomy or do you want plenty of guidance? For example, if you are looking to develop new skills, guidance may be very useful. However, if you are looking to use your experience and creativity to set the direction for your team, you may not operate well in a company that has micromanagement tendencies.

Location of Your Office:

  • Are you willing to relocate? What type of role might change your mind?

  • What does the commute look like? What type of role might entice you to have a longer commute?

  • Do you want to be downtown in a bustling city or do you prefer an office in the suburbs with plenty of parking?

Make sure to write your answers in an easy to access location, as you will be coming back to this information often.