If you are thinking about entering the job market, there are five actions you should take before “making it official.”

  1. If you do not have a career vision statement, write one.  This statement will codify your goals and your values for all your messaging.
  2. Understand your value.  Identify your four or five signature strengths and then document those evidence of your expertise.  This is vital to providing a focused statement on who you are and your value for a future employer.
  3. Recruit your references.  Find out what they liked about you and where they felt you could improve.  Their feedback and insight will help you prepare for job interviews. 
  4. Update your resume.  Do your accomplishments for each employment tenure showcase your value?  BE prepared to customize it for each job.
  5. Research commonly asked interview questions.  Prepare rehearse on an ongoing basis.