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Least Favorite Job Search Phase
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Written by Abby Kohut   

This week I had conversations with three different people about employment in various industries. As important as it is to choose the ideal job, it is also important to choose the ideal industry that is a match for your personality and work ethic.

I absolutely love the entertainment industry. Nothing would make me happier than to be involved with the comings and goings of the stars. I'd almost consider working for free for the chance to be in their daily presence. I also love many spectator sports. Doing some consulting work for Major League Baseball is a dream of mine. And then there are little furry creatures. If the San Diego Zoo was hiring, I would be the first on line. That's me. What about you?

One day soon, I am quite sure that you will be presented with an offer. While this may not seem like the best time to be picky, you absolutely must consider the consequences of your choices. Choosing the right job in the wrong industry can still turn into a blemish on your resume.

Some industries offer fast paced cultures with lots of deadlines. Take Wall Street for example. Working in that environment requires a strong work ethic and a no nonsense attitude. Then there is the IT world – very fast paced to keep up with changing technology. If you choose the healthcare, non-profit, or education industries, you will find that most employees there are on a mission to make a difference in the world.

Depending on your personality, you may be OK regardless. As a consultant, I have had the privilege of wearing many hats in many different worlds. I have explored IT, education, the non-profit world, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, manufacturing, and publishing. I managed to enjoyed them all because I saw the benefits of each while I was working in them. But not everyone is like me. It's important to choose wisely now, to avoid needing to search again next year because you aren't happy.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Make it your mission to find the ideal job in the ideal industry. If you cannot find an exact match right now, make sure to craft a plan as to how to get there in the future. When you love what you do, it no longer seems like work. That is my ultimate goal for every one of you. And by the way… if you hear that Ellen Degeneres is hiring, please give me a call.
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!