Do you ever wonder if you’re on the right career path? How can you tell if your job makes the most of your talents?
Consulting with a recruiter is a good way of finding out!
We asked our recruiters how they help AM professionals find the right fit. Asking yourself these few questions will help you choose the right job for you.
1. How do I want to feel at work?
“As recruiters we often look for, and work with, the intangible aspects of a candidate to truly figure out their motivations, and to see what opportunities are the best fit for them” says Alexander Daniels Global recruiter. “Even if you are not sure what you want to do, knowing how you want to feel at work is almost as important.
If you like to just put your head down, focus and work, then a job with some team leading responsibilities may not be right for you. On the flip-side, if you love talking to people and teaching others, maybe a team leading position may be rewarding for you – even if job duty-wise the two jobs are very similar.
2. What management style do I prefer?
Although it’s still a minor amount, an increasing amount of companies in the additive manufacturing industry are getting more location-independent. This means that they are flexible in terms of where their employees work. But this also comes with some complications. More particularly management style and independency.
If you are a highly independent person that enjoys having a big impact on the company without being told exactly what needs to be done, maybe a position in sales, as for example a Business Developer or Key Account Manager, may be the right fit for you.
3. Are there opportunities to learn new skills?
No matter what job or industry you’re in, you should always be learning. It can be a brand-new skills or strengthening an old one. Learning is a sign that there’s still more to gain in your role. Loosing your desire to grow or learn may very well be a sign that you need to make a job change.
4. If I had a free Saturday that had to be spent “working” on something, I’d choose __ , because __
This little exercise helps you realize what parts of your job you are truly passionate about. And you should aim to find a job where this is part of the job description.
“Employees are happiest in jobs that provide them with feelings of accomplishment and joy. And just because you are good at a job, doesn’t mean that that’s what you should be doing” says Alexander Daniels Global recruiter.