You know what you want and you’ve done a lot of work to get there. What happens next? Don’t make the common mistake of not putting your best foot forward. If you want to make sure you’re on the right track, you need to ask yourself if you’re tailoring your applications to Michigan jobs individually and how that can help you move forward in your job search. Before you apply to your next job, here are some things Michigan jobs seekers can do to get ahead.

What Do You Really Want?

Before you can know what to look for, you need to know what you want. And saying that you just want a job isn’t enough. Start with this exercise.

Take out a pen and paper and make two lists. On one list, write down all jobs that sound interesting to you and all the things you think you would like to do. On the other list, write down all the skills you have. No skill is too small, if you can do it write it down. Next, compare the lists. What kind of crossover is there? What jobs can you do with the skills you already have?

Do You Have the Right Skills?

If there are gaps in your skills, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to increase your skill level in any given area. You can attend a local southeast Michigan college or trade school to pick up additional skills as necessary. Or you can take classes online to brush up on these skills.

Once your skills and your ideal jobs align, you can begin to take your job search to the next level and reach out to those companies looking for people like you.

What Are Your Priorities?

Skills and interests aren’t the only things you should consider when looking for a new job. What are your other priorities? That means you need to look at the complete picture before sending off your resume. For example, the Southeast Michigan area is large, so if you’re living in Troy you may not want to work in Ann Arbor. If the commute is not an issue, however, you may have other choices.

You may also want to work at the potential hours for your chosen career path as well as the work-life balance that is most prevalent in the field.

What Kind of Company Do You Want to Work For?

Finally, you also want to take into account the environment where you would want to work. Not all companies are the same and their cultures are going to be very different. Consider your personality. Are you an innovative and creative thinker who likes a lot of freedom in what you do? Or do you prefer to follow the rules and specific directions? Choose a company that matches your work expectations.

Are you looking for your next Michigan job? Contact the recruiters at Harvard Resource Solutions, now hiring for jobs in Southeast MI, to learn more today.