Finding a job that is a good career fit can be rewarding. If the hours you spend at work are satisfying, it can have a huge impact on your wellbeing. It takes effort and planning, however, to find a job that is a good fit professionally, use these tips to find a job that is right for you.
Take a personality assessment
To find the right job, you need to understand who you are. One way to find out is to take a personality assessment. The site, 16personalities.com provides a free assessment tool. It provides 16 different personality types, based on 4 pairs of personality traits.
As you start your job search, make sure that your job description fits your personality type. If you’re an introvert, for example, you probably will not be happy in a sales role that requires you to constantly meet new people.
Create an effective resume
The first impression you make in a job search is often your resume. The prospective employer will glance at your resume very quickly. Their goal is to scan your education and experience to determine if you’re a potential fit. An effective resume is clearly written and easy to read. Your resume should be designed to get the company’s attention. Consider these steps to write an effective resume:
· Find job descriptions for the types of positions that interest you. The Internet has made a job search easier in some respects. You can find a job search website that categorizes jobs by industry and state. If you know what you are looking for, the narrowed search is a great tool. If you are open to a new beginning in a new place then you can keep your search broad and see what might be out there for you.
· Note the keywords used in the job descriptions you find. Say, for example, that you’re looking for an accounting job in finance. You find some descriptions that may be a fit for you. The employer mentions that they want someone with banking experience. They also need candidates with a CPA designation. In this case, “banking” and “CPA” need to be clearly stated in your resume. You also need to mention these key terms in your cover letter.
· Decide how you want to organize your resume. You can use a resume that lists your work history in chronological order. With this format, you list your most recent work experience at the top, and your other jobs below. You can also organize your resume by function. This design means that you group your work experiences together. If you’ve managed people, for example, your resume would include a section on “management”. Decide which format presents your skills in the most effective way.
Use your network of contacts
Your network is a very valuable resource in your job search.
You may have a contact that works for the company you’d like to investigate. Other people in your network may work in the same industry. If you’re interested in an accounting job, for example, look for accountants in your network.
These people can educate you about the job, and possibly refer you to someone they know. If you’re interested in what a typical day is like working in the field, someone in your network can answer that question.
People in your network can also provide letters of reference. All employers now request job candidates to provide references. Typically, some references are from former employers and others are from individuals who know the candidate personally. Lean on your network if you need a personal letter of reference.
Use all of these tips to find out what type of work you prefer. Write an effective resume that gets the attention of the potential employer. Don’t forget to use people in your network. All of these tips can help you find a job that is the right fit for you.
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the above article. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?
I am still working on accepting that there are people with intolerant minds and that you won’t be able to change everyone’s opinion.
2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?
I’ve learned to appreciate my creative side and work ethic.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?
I’m most proud of what I’ve been able to achieve in my career thus far and I would like to raise it to new heights!
4. We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth–we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are–your Identity?
I can be an introvert, which tends to make it seem like I am avoiding people around me when that is not the case at all.
5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my creative artwork and writing.