Finding a job is a little like dating. There are plenty of jobs out there and a quick online search will highlight numerous options but finding the one that is a great match for you can be tricky. How many of your first dates turn into long-term relationships? How many first interviews turn into a long-term job role?
When it comes to conducting your job search, you’ll want to set yourself up for success and aim to find a role that is an excellent fit for your career now and in the future. Whether you’re looking for a career progression stepping-stone or a stable opportunity for the long haul, there are a few simple tips you can employ to find a job you will love.
1. Look for roles that match your personality
Before you even make a start on your job search, it’s important to ensure that you know what you are looking for and that this is a good fit for you. If you aren’t sure about what career you want to pursue, take a career personality test to see where your natural strengths lie. You should also think about what you enjoy and feel passionate about and consider options where you can turn this into a career.
2. Make the most of your contacts
Applying for jobs is great but think about how you can also use your connections to boost your company knowledge. You may have connections on LinkedIn that already work for the company you have applied for and can give you a great insight into what it’s like to work there. You may have friends and family members who know of good companies or roles that would be a good fit for you. If you can get a referral for a position, that’s even better.
We recommend registering your CV with CV-Library too so that employers and recruiters can get in touch with you about relevant opportunities.
3. Remember that interviews work both ways
When it comes to interviews, it’s all too easy to focus on making a good impression and losing sight of the fact that it’s just as important for you to assess the company. Be sure to prepare your own questions to ask and try to get a good feel for the company culture and team you will be working in.
4. Find out more about the company culture
Attending an interview and visiting the premises is a good way to understand the company culture but what more can you do? Looking online for employee reviews, i.e. on Glassdoor.com, should help you to get a valuable insight. Remember, it’s important to figure out whether the company is the right fit for you, your values and the stage you are at in your career.
5. Ensure the role is a good fit
When it comes to ensuring the role is right for you, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you really want this role?
- Will you enjoy it?
- How will this role boost your career?
- What progression is on offer?
- Does the job offer the flexibility and work/life balance you need?
- What salary is on offer and does it meet your expectations?
- What additional benefits does the role offer?
- What hours will you be required to work and is there any travel involved?
These are all great areas for you to consider and weigh up before accepting a job offer. While the job may not tick every single box on your wish-list, decided on what your priorities are and ensure that it meets those.
Bringing it all together
Finding a job that you love may take some time and effort, and you’re not always going to get it right. However, if you follow these steps you are setting yourself up for success. What’s important is to think carefully about what you are looking for and check out the role and assess the company thoroughly before accepting an offer.