Finding the perfect job, the perfect work culture, or the one employer who can give you all the things that you want can be difficult to say the least. And that’s because the “perfect job” not only involves being in a role that you enjoy but also considering the work-life balance and salary that comes with it. But given the circumstances – job market competition and limited opportunities for work – you just have to find the job that gives you the most of what you need.
Everything can be made easier if you take the time to break down these things to smaller pieces and think about what you would really enjoy doing. So, here’s what you need to do:
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1. Figure Out What You Want
Figuring out what you want to do can be a great starting point. You probably have many skills and interests which you could relate to a job, but it’s impossible to figure out what you want as a career until you have listed all of the potential routes or jobs in one place. Also, it’s often easier to figure out what you don’t want to do instead of what you want to go into, so start looking at all your available options – and it might have nothing to do with your college degree.
After that, you will need to find out more about different industries, either through research, volunteering, or job shadowing to discover what you would enjoy doing the most and, as such, if it’s something you want to go into.
2. Research Companies
Most people would go blindly into a job. This means that they would send a résumé to an employer, and get invited in for an interview but would know nothing about the company they are applying for. And I am not talking about knowing the basics such as the exact date the company was founded or what they are working on – that’s like the kind of information you are supposed to know, anyway. I am talking about the workplace culture which is more difficult to get information on.
So, when you are in an interview, find out more about what it means to be working there. Ask interviewers how they would describe the type of environment you will be based in if you were given the job or how they are used to working. Alternatively, ask someone you know who has worked there in the past, and find out how they felt working with the company.
3. Find Meaningful Work
Following your passion may not be entirely legitimate as far as it concerns finding your ideal career. In that sense, you could be passionate about something but may not have the right skills or talent to go down that road. If you are searching for a job, then you should look out for the one that gives you a sense of a purpose. So, instead of happiness, look for meaning in your career. There is greater satisfaction in working in a role that you find meaningful because that is when you are more likely to want to contribute to and invest in in the long run.
4. Work on Your Passion
Finding the ideal career isn’t about following your passion but cultivating it. You look at different jobs and take on different roles, and that is how you find out what it is that you want to do and what you don’t want to do. That is how you get passionate about a specific area in your filed and that is when you start producing real results. Once you try on the different suits and you have found the one that fits, that’s when you know the job is for you.
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Figuring out where you would like to work can be difficult, but just like everybody else, you have to start from somewhere. So, how are you going to do it? On what criteria are you going to base your research? Let me know in the comments section below!