You should know what your top skills are even if you’re not looking to change jobs. It started as a ‘job filter’ but it can be used for more than just choosing the best job fit. It will help you identify what you’re good at, what you love to do and what you don’t. You can apply your job filter anytime you are presented with an opportunity that involves you spending your most precious commodity – your time.
Steps to creating your Job Filter
- List jobs and/or volunteer roles you’ve held across the top of the page
- Under each job or title list your accomplishments, key learnings, skills and things you liked about it
- Then list anything you didn’t like about each job
- Rate each skill, accomplishments and key learning as a 0, 1 or 2, with a 0 meaning you hated it, 1 meaning you could take it or leave it and 2 meaning you love it. Keep in mind, the 0, 1, 2 rating is not related to whether you are good at it or not, but if you enjoyed it or not.
- Make a list of all the items you rated as a 2. Then put them in order from most favorite to least.
- The top 3 are your Job Filter.
Use your Job Filter anytime you review job descriptions or go on interviews. If a job has all 3, it’s a match! If it has 2, it might be a good fit. If it only has 1 out of 3 you should probably pass. Of course, the interview, company culture, and career development opportunities still have to be considered but your decision filter will provide you with a solid start.
Take Action: Create a Job Filter and apply it to your current job. How does it match up?