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Asked by Madeline on August 25, 2017

I've read that employers like to see a vision or goal in employees, but also want broad skills that can be applied in any area. How do you suggest one pick a "purpose" while keeping a broad enough intellect/ open mind to satisfy employer needs?

Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on August 29, 2017

What do you want from your career?
What are you good at and what do you enjoy?
What does the community you would like to work in, need?

The first thing to do is to honestly reflect over these questions and start writing down your answers. If you are unsure or do not like your own responses, now is the perfect time to start researching and strengthening your skills. The combination of your answers will determine what you can do and where to start. Keep in mind that the world and technology will inevitably change your career. Keep building on your skillset so that you can easily adapt in the years to come. At ManpowerGroup, we call this Learnability - the desire and ability to quickly grow and adapt one's skill set to remain employable throughout their working life.

Best of luck!


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Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on August 30, 2017

This is a great question and I truly wish more people would think about this before they start applying for jobs.  There are some key questions you need to ask yourself as you are the only one that can answer them honestly.
1. What are you passionate about in life?
2. What makes you say I am engaged and interested in this topic and constantly want to learn about it and grow my subject knowledge?
3. What are your values, ethics, and how do you see these as a part of your career path?
Answer these questions and it will help you define your purpose career wise, but more importantly what you value about yourself.  It is not about a job or even that job, but the type of work, employee and person, you want to do and be.  This will help you craft the type of employers you want to work for as well so that you can narrow down your focus to those that match up with your values. 

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