Do you have the plan to do something different, but you do not know what to do?
For many, work can be frustrating as it fails to be a good match in terms of the people, skills and the results one achieves.
If you are going to spend your time and energy on finding a new job, you must find something that motivates you. It is not about finding a job, but the right job- or at least a steppingstone role that finally helps you get where you want to be.
Things to consider when deciding what kind of work would suit you
- If you disliked your previous job, was it your team, the role, the industry or the organization?
- What have you enjoyed studying the most- training courses, learning or academic courses?
- What jobs done by your friend’s interests you?
- What advertised jobs have attracted you?
- Of all the jobs you have done till now, which one you enjoyed the most and why?
- If you would get the same payment, what work would you choose?
- If you are given the chance to take someone else’s job for a day, what would it be?
Here are a few practical steps to find the right work that suits you.
- Analyse your skills. Have a look at your skills, mainly those that are acquired outside work. Find out in what you are good at. What skills do you want to improve? Ensure that you have plenty of up-to-date proof of skill development, voluntary and learning activities.
- Work out the top 10 job criteria of yours. Create a personal wishlist of the ingredients in your right job- think about the important elements like the kind of people you enjoy working with, results you like to attain and the working style of the company. Find out what products or services matter to you the most? Look for jobs that match at least 6 among the top 10 criteria.
- Focus on the job ingredients. Do not always refer to job titles, but ask for some ingredients, like “I am looking for a job that involves these skills, this working style, knowledge etc.” Allow individuals to make creative suggestions instead of just responding to your defined job aims.
- Research well before starting the job search. Do not rely on the second -hand information about the industries, rather find yourself. Choose a couple of job ideas and ask around till you get a chance to talk to people who are into that role. This way you will understand what the job is like. Find people who love the work they do and who can tell you what the tasks are involved in that role. This also helps in increasing your visibility in the job market.
- Present yourself right. When you get closer to deciding what your perfect job is, present yourself in short and focused statements. Summarise your skills and knowledge quickly and say how can you help the organization grow.