Finding the right job, whether you are already established in your career, recently graduated or looking for a career move is imperative for individual happiness long-term. Many people take jobs for a number of reasons, whether it is to fill a gap on their CV, have a salary, gain experience, or with the hope of gaining the role they want in the company at a future date. These are valid reasons and may help in finding the perfect role one day, but if you are routinely working hard at a job you see no future at or do not want to have years down the line, it is important to start thinking about what will make you happy long-term so you know where to go next and don’t burn out. Here are our 4 steps to finding the right job for you.
Step 1: What kind of jobs suit your personality?
The first and most beneficial thing you can do is to be honest with yourself about your personality traits. What are you like and in what environments do you thrive best? If you are shy and get physically ill when stressed for long periods of time, perhaps a cold-calling, telephone-based stockbroking or sales role is not the best job long-term, even if the idealised stereotypes of those roles appeal to you. If you hate maths even though it has always come easy to you, perhaps an accounting role is not conducive to your happiness. Whether you enjoy being sporty, academic, creative, numerical, outgoing, caring, or practical, the traits you have and what you enjoy doing can help determine what job will both suit you best and make you feel positive about going to work.
Step 2: Let your priorities influence your career choices
The second step is to reflect on where your priorities lie and what makes you happy. It can be helpful to brainstorm what you find important in life on a sheet of paper. Money might come up as a first priority, or maybe having a work/life balance. Is it a priority to work in certain industries, or being able to travel in your role? Perhaps a role where you are able to help people is more of a priority than a role with a high paycheck and a company car. Whatever you decide, writing, drawing, or visualising it on a sheet of paper may give you more clues as to what you need in life and in conjunction with the personality traits you have, this can be one of the best ways to determine which roles are best for you.
Step 3: Apply this to your job search
The third step is to look on job boards and research roles that interest you. If you hold up your bubble map/priority template next to the job specification, does it align with your template? For example, if having a work/life balance is your top priority, then applying for a job that states long hours and working on weekends is almost certainly a waste of time.
There are numerous graduate schemes which are quite generic in terms of what relevant experience they need you to have, and which have spent vast resources on a recruitment drive to convince graduates to work for them. These can be great ways to get into fantastic roles, but it is a good idea to compare these against your template. Make sure your own values correlate with the company you are applying for.
Recruiters can be an asset once you have determined what you are looking for, and can keep you updated with the latest vacancies that match your job preferences. You can subscribe to job alerts to make sure you stay informed about new opportunities.
Step 4: The interview is for you, as well as the employer.
Finally, interviews are a great way for an employer to see if you are a good fit for their company, but they are also an opportunity for you to see if the company is right for you. Use interviews to ask questions about the things that are important to you, such as career progression, company benefits, flexible working, and where the former employees for that role are now.
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