It’s not easy to narrow down what you want to do for the rest of your life. Unless you’re one of the few who knows exactly what you should be doing and how to do it, finding the perfect career can be daunting.
Finding the Perfect Career
You may not even be aware of certain opportunities until you begin to search for jobs. So, how do you find a career that’s ideal for you?
What Are Your Passions?
These days, it’s easier to make a living out of your passion. So, before you start your job search, it’s worth taking some time to figure out what you really enjoy in life.
Even if you don’t have qualifications in the area you want to work in, there are plenty of entry level jobs where you can gain the qualifications you need as you work.
Knowing your passions will help you determine what kind of industry you want to work in so you can go for a job that you’ll gain satisfaction from.
Research Your Industry
Once you know the type of job you want, you need to research what the job wants from you. Researching your industry and the specific job role you’re looking at will give you an idea of the qualities the employer is looking for.
You may even find examples of interview questions and the answers they want to hear. You’ll also have the opportunity to look at the amount you’re likely to earn per annum and whether it will suit your current outgoings.
Keep Changing Your Resume
As you travel the road to finding your perfect career, you may apply for a few different jobs along the way.
You may have to work your way up through the ranks and that may mean applying for each new role as you go. Your resume should change for each individual job. Different employers will be looking for different things, even if you’re applying for the same job.
Tailor your resume to the company you want to work for and focus on bringing out qualities that the employer finds important. Your resume should always be bespoke for each new application.
Know the Pros and Cons
Although you may think you have a passion for something, doing it as a job could turn out very different. It’s always wise to look into a particular career before putting all your eggs in one basket.
For example, the pros and cons of being a teacher may include the hours of work you have to put in and the satisfaction you get from helping a child to learn. There are advantages and disadvantages to every kind of job.
So, before you go head first into something, make sure you research and talk to people who already in the profession.
Showcase Your Expertise
It’s not all about building a glowing resume anymore. More and more people are getting hired online because they’re building their own brand.
For example, using sites like LinkedIn is a great way to brand yourself and show potential employers what you’re capable of. Not everyone likes to sing their own praises during an interview, but it’s easier to showcase your talents online.
Perhaps it will be uploading a creative version of your resume, using a vlog to show employers who you are or providing a direct link to an online portfolio.
However you choose to do it, it’s a great option for getting your foot through the door.
Organize Your Search
There may be times when jobs are few and far between and you feel like pulling your hair out. However, that usually means that it’s all or nothing.
You may find that a few jobs you’re interested in crop up at the same time, so it’s important to get organized. The sooner you apply, the sooner employers will know of you.
Why not create a spreadsheet where you can input all the job details, whether you’ve applied or not and when your interviews are taking place. The more organized you are, the easier it will be to apply for jobs during busy periods.
Build Your Contacts
Stepping into a new career without any experience can be daunting and difficult. However, if you build up a list on contacts in the industry, it will make your initial days much easier.
Getting solid advice from people who have been there and done it before is a great way to skip some of the hurdles you’ll be presented with. It also means you won’t have to look for job leads all by yourself.
There are some companies that don’t even advertise job roles because they end up with so many applicants. Knowing someone within those companies is a great way to find out about those jobs before anyone else does.
Keep Chipping Away
The process of finding the right job for you can be a tedious one. You may feel like you’re getting nowhere and you’re just waiting for the right roles to appear.
When you’re trying to find a job that suits you, keep doing something job related every day. Along with searching for jobs, read an industry related blog each day or buy a book to develop your industry knowledge.
There are always things you can be doing to make yourself more appealing to the right kind of employer.
Give Yourself a Break
The right job isn’t necessarily always the easiest to find. If you’re finding yourself under pressure or feeling stressed, it may be time to take a break.
Don’t feel like you can’t take a break while you’re job hunting. Doing something that helps you to unwind, like exercise or watching a movie, can help you to change your perspective.
Approaching job hunting with a positive attitude will often get better results. If you feel you need to take some time off from job hunting, don’t be afraid to do so.
Learn to Tell Stories
One of the main areas where people trip up during interviews is when they are asked to give examples.
If your interviewer asks you to give an example of a time where you took the lead in the project, it can be difficult to recall details on the spot. If you don’t want to slip up in an interview, it’s best to prepare a few stories in advance.
Of course, these stories should be based on skills you already have and examples of you using these skills. Think of stories that will showcase your abilities and rehearse them with yourself before each interview.
Always Be Prepared
Walking into an interview without doing any preparation will not get you a job. Interviewers will be able to tell you aren’t prepared and will give the job to someone more organized.
It’s important to be prepared for every interview you attend. Practicing answers to common interview questions, like ‘why should we give you the job?’ is essential.
The more preparation you do, the more confident you’ll be in your answers.
No matter what job you apply for, you can guarantee you’ll have a lot of competition. So, to get ahead of the game you’ll need to make yourself memorable.
One such way of doing that is to take a thank you card to the interview. Hand it to your interviewers after the interview so they know how grateful you are for opportunity, no matter what the result. It’s a great way to stay in their memory while they interview others.
The perfect career isn’t easy to find but once you do, it can change your life.
This is a contributed post.
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