Tips: Self-Assessment, the Ultimate Job Search Tool!

As a Recruiter, I speak to hundreds of job seekers! Many of them do not have a clear idea of what specific job opportunity they are seeking. As common sense as it may sound, this is a critical first step to a successful job search. Trying to evaluate the needs/jobs available in the job market is really working backwards. Hiring managers and Recruiters are really turned off when a job seeker doesn’t know what they really want. They appear desperate for “any” job, and don’t appear likely to stay very long.

Here are the three key steps to put yourself on a path towards a truly satisfying job, and perhaps a career:

1. Assess yourself

Do a deep assessment of your skills, talents and passions. Take quizzes on your preferred work environments, and make a list of all the things you enjoy doing- even without pay! For example, in college, I wanted to be an Accountant, like my father. One Accounting course was enough to convince me I would rather be working with, and talking to people, as opposed to numbers and spreadsheets!

2. Research Jobs

The web has more than enough resources to find out about jobs that are available, trends about in-demand jobs, salary ranges, and descriptions about the types of people who are usually successful in those fields. Do your homework- look at company websites and Department of Labor job trends to find out who will be hiring and what they want as minimum qualifications.

3. Request Informational Interviews

There is no substitute for speaking to people who are currently performing the work that might interest you (or they did perform the work recently). You can ask any professional you meet at a Career fair or networking event, or even someone you find on Linkedin for 15 minutes of their time. In Informational Interviews, you ask the questions purely to gather information as you consider possible future options. This is NOT a back door to soliciting a job interview, so you are free to ask them the tough questions. “How did you get started in this field?” “What are the frustrations that come up in this job?” “What are the salary ranges for this type of position?”

If you can find an opportunity to shadow someone doing a job that interests you, or you can obtain a co-op or internship, or simply volunteer, you will get an even better picture of a job- at least, within the context on one specific organization.

The more time you spend up front in self-assessment, the easier the other parts of the job search become.

Check back here for more job search tips and strategies! Or if you have a burning question, ask us and it might be the theme of a future blog post!

About Jeff Dunn

Jeff Dunn is a Campus Relations Manager for Intel Corporation. He has over 20 years of corporate recruiting experience. Jeff received his Bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley. He is a Past President of the Sacramento Area Human Resource Association. Jeff frequently speaks in the media and the community about effective job search strategies.

7 thoughts on “Tips: Self-Assessment, the Ultimate Job Search Tool!

  1. I am a student doing a paper for a college class. I am trying to find a live body to talk to about what the finance/accounting internship is like at Intel in the United States and an idea of how much it pays. Can anyone direct me to someone who might be willing to talk to me via email or on the phone? I would appreciate it so much.

  2. Hi Jeff,Tiffany,Sejal & everyone on the Jobs@Intel Blog Team,
    I truly appreciate the kind of commitment you have been showing in assisting the potential future employees of Intel. Not just in terms of sharing your insights about the job and work culture, but giving the time that you are, in clearing any apprehensions, how much ever ‘silly’ they might be :).

    I have a quick few questions. To give you a context, I am from India and have completed my Bachelors in Engineering, followed by MBA here, from an IIM ( Indian Institute of Management) and have been working for 2 years now in India. With all due humbleness, I have decently impressive track record: all those academic years and 2 professional years alike.

    Firstly, When applying to Intel positions in the U.S, Would Intel treat me as an MBA, given the fact that it was not done “in” U.S? ( Although IIMs are treated by few employers as a ‘good’ educational institute to graduate from )

    Secondly, I am currently working as a Business Operations Analyst ( which few Co.s like to dub as Business Analyst/Business Intelligence Specialist etc..)
    So, Does Intel hire or even consider Non-US MBAs for such positions at all?

    And Finally, the most important of all my questions :), Would/Does Intel sponsor H1 Visa for someone who is principally-perfect-fit for a job, which is non-technical? Also, does the question of a candidate requiring such a sponsorship arise even before taking the interview or after the candidate gets selected?

    Thanks a ton for your time again :). Keep up the good work :).

    1. Hi Yash, thanks for the kind words! So happy that you’re finding the blog helpful—that’s what we’re here for! Even though your MBA wasn’t completed in the US, it would still be recognized here. If you have the skills the position is looking for, then definitely apply! Unfortunately, Intel does not provide sponsorship (with exceptions for Master’s in CE, EE or CS and PhDs across the board), however as a global company, we have locations around the world so there may be an opportunity for you at our office in India. We do ask our candidates early in the recruiting process if they have the permanent and unrestricted right to work in the US. If your answer to that question is no, then it’s unlikely you would begin the interview process because we do not sponsor MBA’s

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