After a challenging 2016, many of us are taking a step back to reassess whether our work is well-aligned with our values as social-impact professionals.
Are you doing work that you love? Does the mission of your organization still resonate as clearly as it once did? When you look ahead at the year to come, can you easily pinpoint opportunities for personal and professional growth?
If you’ve answered “maybe” or “no” to any of these questions, it may be time to recalibrate.
There are plenty of things that you can do to figure out what’s next.
Are you doing what you love? Does the mission of your organization still resonate?
Here at Idealist, we like to frame personal professional development, the job search, and professional engagement and growth as an ongoing process, and not entirely linear. However, if you’ve let your credentials and your contacts gather some dust over the months or years, you can dive back into the process by building a target employer list to start mapping out your professional path.
Target Employer List
A target employer list is simply a list of organizations that you’d be interested in working for, based on your criteria for a good fit. Looking at the job search through the lens of particular organizations, as opposed to specific job titles, can help to refresh your search as well as your perspective.
Organizational culture, history, mission, community, and impact all play a role in the level of job satisfaction and happiness of a full-time changemaker, and expanding your focus beyond just function and cause area can help you find a career at an organization that suits you.
Align Your Work with Your Values in 2017
We recently partnered with Net Impact to present a webinar, Align Your Work with Your Values in 2017, that covered how to use your targeted employer list as part of the process, as well as plenty of other useful insights.
Watch the webinar and learn how to reframe your job search and gain the tools to land a role at an organization you love in 2017.