You know you need a new Michigan job, but have you taken time to consider exactly what job you want? Job seekers throughout southeast Michigan have a lot to choose from, in terms of types of employers and the jobs themselves. Successful job seekers always ask themselves these smart questions before beginning their search. Here is a guide to help.


What Kind of Industry?

Start at the top level of decision and drill down from there. This starts with what industry you want to work in. That isn’t what industry you’ve already worked in or what skills you have, but what exactly you want to do.

The industry could vary based on your skills. For example, if your background is in administrative support, you can apply those skills to a variety of industries. So be specific about what you want to accomplish with the next step in your career.


What Level Position?

You also should determine what level you want to target for your next career move. If you’re just getting started with your career, entry-level is fine. If you have years of experience, what are the next steps you can take to advance your career?

Keep in mind that companies will consider different jobs at different levels. So, even though you know you want to enter at a mid-level or management position, understand they may use different language to describe these roles.


What Type of Company?

Next, you want to know what type of company works for you. This isn’t industry, specifically, but more corporate culture. Do you want to work for a large company or a small company? Do you like casual environments or something more professional?

Understanding the kind of company you want to work for will help you narrow down your choices. You don’t have to consider jobs at companies that don’t match your work style, because those won’t be a good place for you long term.


What Location?

Southeast Michigan is a big area, and commutes can be long and difficult. It’s important you keep a radius in mind regarding how far you’re willing to travel. For instance. If you live in St. Clair Shores, a job in Ypsilanti is not likely to be a good fit.

Consider the commute and target companies that match your other qualifications within that area. If you may be willing to relocate to other areas for the right job, keep that in mind as well.


Write an Elevator Pitch

Once you have a clear picture of what you want, it’s time to figure out how to get it. To do this, we recommend making an elevator pitch. This is a short 30-to-60-second introduction that tells the other person who you are, what you do, and what you can do for them.

This can be the beginning of your cover letters, inform your resume information, and help you sell yourself to an employer in an interview.


What kind of Michigan job are you looking for? Talk to the recruiters at Harvard Resource Solutions, now hiring for jobs in Southeast MI. Our experienced recruiters can help you find the job you’re looking for and take your career to the next level!