Career REinvention – Dream BIG!: Career Research: Tips to Avoid Being Overwhelmed

Career REinvention – Dream BIG!
By Susan Guarneri

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Career Research: Tips to Avoid Being Overwhelmed

Researching careers and industries has never been easier…or more difficult! Internet searches and social media networking can yield vast amounts of information, and that is part of the problem. Career research can be downright overwhelming.

So how can you make it more manageable? The following questions and suggestions may help you to develop a focused career-research plan:

  1. Why are you doing research on occupations and industries? If your answer is somewhat vague, as in “I want a different career”, then your search has no specific target and you are apt to be wandering aimlessly online.
  2. What questions do you have about specific occupations and industries? Generate a list and then prioritize it to tackle the most important questions first. You will likely find that the list will grow and change as you acquire and analyze your research results.
  3. How much time realistically do you have to devote to career research? You cannot create more hours in the day. So fitting in the time to investigate careers online and via social networking means time taken away from other activities. What are you willing to let go of temporarily to do your research?
  4. Do you have a career-research plan? Your plan could include your preferred research methods online and offline, a weekly schedule of designated research time and networking events, and who else can assist you in accomplishing your research goals.
  5. How will you evaluate the validity of the information you find? Remember, not all information found online or via networking is equally trustworthy.
  6. How will you organize the information you find? Using an information-management system, such as Excel spreadsheets or JibberJobber, allows you to store all the information you find in a searchable system.
  7. When will you know that you gathered enough information to make a decision? Unending research can sometimes be an excuse/reason not to make a decision. Or, perhaps you feel panicked to make a decision quickly, and thus do very little research. Either way, you may need to consult with a career counselor or career coach to avoid these pitfalls.
  8. When is your energy level at its best for social networking? We all have differing biological rhythms that influence our activities. Networking requires more upbeat energy, while online research can occur during more quiet periods.
  9. Are you relying on only one source of research information or only one research method, such as Internet research? If so, you may be overlooking valuable input that could ultimately impact your final decision.
  10. What are your top research sites online? You will want to bookmark your favorites to re-visit them as their information is updated. Here are 10 of my top picks:

Susan Guarneri, Career Assessment Goddess and Reach Master Branding Strategist, can guide you to your best-fit career options and help you land your Dream Job.


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