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JOB SEARCH / APR. 10, 2014
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How To Find The Right Job For Yourself

Finding the right job for you can be a tough challenge. When it comes to our post-secondary education, we're expected to know what we want to do when leaving high school. For some, this is simply not practical. It can take a while for you to find yourself and what it is you'd like to do for a career. Finding the right job for you is attainable. The most common advice you hear is to go for a job that you would love or that you have a passion for. This is easier said than done. Here are some key components in terms of finding a job that is right for you.

Your Skills

No one knows you better than yourself. What are some of the skills that you have? Skills are important within a job; they set you apart. Some of us have skills that come naturally, others work hard to achieve these skills. Some skills that may lead to a career are:

  • Cooking
  • Fixing cars
  • Math skills
  • Language skills
  • Sewing
  • Painting
  • Writing
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills

These are just a fraction of the skills that people possess. Focus on what you're good at. Generally, if you are good at something, you spend a fair amount of time doing it. If you are already putting time into a skill you enjoy, why not transfer this to the work world?

Your Values

If you are working in a job that encourages and expresses your own personal values, you're more prone to stay and enjoy your work. If a company displays the same values as you do, you will want to support that environment. To give you a rough idea, here are some common values that people express:

  • Achievement
  • Balance
  • Certainty
  • Competition
  • Creativity
  • Direction
  • Enjoyment
  • Flexibility
  • Health
  • Leadership
  • Power
  • Respect

We are all different, therefore our values are different. Focus on a job that respects or even mimics your values. This will make your job more enjoyable, and provide a good fit for your personal value system.

Your Goals

As mentioned, we're all unique and all want different things. For some, security is more important than opportunity. We all set different goals for ourselves. This comes down to individuals who are either promotion or prevention focused.

  • Those who are more promotion focused will be; creative, enjoy taking risks, strive for new opportunities and think in a more abstract manner.
  • When it comes to prevention focused individuals, they tend to be individuals who; think within reason, plan, anticipate problems and are more detail-driven.

Basically, promotion focused people are concerned with opportunity and achievement; while prevention focused people are all about security. With that being said, you do not need to strictly be one or the other. Entrepreneurs for example, will need to display both focuses. They need to have a promotional focus to begin, and a prevention focus to keep their business running.

At the end of the day, you do need to enjoy what you do. Search for jobs that will provide you with a position that encourages your skills, supports your values and allows you to reach your goals. If your job checks all these boxes, enjoying yourself will come naturally.

References

Grant, H. (April, 2013). The Surprising Key to Finding the Right Job For Yourself. Forbes. Retrieved on April 3, 2014, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/heidigranthalvorson/2013/04/18/the-surprising-key-to-finding-the-right-job-for-you/

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