So, you’re job hunting and looking through ads online and offline. As you scroll through the choices, you sigh and wonder if you’d like any of these jobs.
Searching for jobs certainly isn’t easy. And it’s also time-consuming. But it’s better to take your time and find a job that you love. Of course, there are inherent benefits to having a job; but, a job that fits you could benefit you even more, in the long run. You’ll be more motivated since you love your job, and you may find yourself getting a promotion in the future.
If you land in a job that you’re not into, you’ll have less motivation to do your best, and this may result in you resigning or worse, getting fired.
Let’s discuss how you can find a job that you’ll love.
Before you start your search, do a self-evaluation to assess your strengths and weaknesses are, your skills, and what you’re passionate about. Ask yourself what your goals are. This can help you narrow the choices when you start job searching, as well as determine what recruiters can expect from you. You can seek help from people who know you best, such as friends, teachers, and colleagues, to help with the evaluation. Once you’re done, you can then form a resume around this evaluation.
Do some research
You’re not just applying for a job; you’re also applying for a company. Take the initiative to learn about the company’s culture, their goals, and what they stand for. Ask for insider scoops whenever possible so you know what to expect. If you have any contacts in your desired company, you can even ask them for a referral.
Let’s say you’ve landed a job interview with a company you like. After interviewing you, they would expect you to ask questions about the position and the company. Take this time to get to know what a normal working day is like, what values they have, and what they can offer you in terms of career growth. Remember, you may potentially work for this employer and spend eight or nine hours a day in the office. You want to be in an environment that helps you thrive and be productive.
Connect and network
Being well-connected has its advantages. Not only will you have more resources for job opportunities, a large network can help you become an asset to a company. Connect with old and new colleagues from your desired industry through trade shows, social media, seminars, or websites like LinkedIn.
Find a staffing agency
Want to get ahead? Get in touch with a staffing solutions agency that can help you connect with different companies and organizations. These agencies have insider knowledge on companies, and they may be able to provide you with tips and tricks for getting that job.
Make the decision
Hopefully some companies have called to say that you got the job. Congratulations! However, that’s not the end of it. Now you have to decide which company you’d rather work for. Asses each company offer, compare the job descriptions of each to see which one more closely aligns with your goals. If you think the offer is fair and the job will help you progress, then accept the offer.
On the other hand, you are free to reject the offer if you feel that the job isn’t something you want. Think about it carefully.
It’s not all that easy to find a job you love; but if you do some research and connect to the right people, you are stacking the odds in your favor.