How to Find the Job That’s Right for You

You’re finally ready to look for the perfect job for you. Starting on a new career path is exciting, but also a little bit overwhelming. How do you find the job that’s right for you?

Explore Your Career Options

Having a degree doesn’t limit you to working in a specific job. Rather, it opens up a world of possibilities. For example, a marketing graduate could work in the marketing department of a big corporation or be in charge of the social media accounts at a small company. They could also work for an ad agency, a nonprofit organization, or as a content manager for the digital interactive development team at a medium-sized company.

The trick is to really explore the field you got into and find out what you can do with your degree. There is always more than one type of job you can get with any degree, and there are many different companies that are l for an employee with your qualifications.

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Be Open to Relocation

We don’t believe that jobs are scarce. However, it’s possible that certain kinds of jobs are harder to find in a specific area of the country. If you want to keep all of your options open, then you may want to consider relocating. This is especially true if you’re highly specialized. For example, while IT employees are going to be in high demand almost anywhere, only few cities have nuclear power plants that require specific personnel to man it.

The downside is that few employers pay for relocation these days. Therefore, it’s a good idea to let potential employers know when you’ll be moving to the area and when you’ll be available for an interview on your application. Otherwise, if you apply from out of state without addressing the issue of relocation, your resume will end up in the trash without being read.

Figure Out What’s Important to You

We know job hunting can be difficult. That’s why it might be easier to just settle for the first job you can get than to find the job that’s right for you. However, in order to make sure that you get into a good career, you really need to figure out what’s important to you. Do you want some flexibility with your hours or the ability to work from home? Do you want to be able to work on your own, or would you rather be told what to do every hour of every day?

It’s okay if you don’t know what type of work environment you thrive in, especially if you’re looking for your first real job after graduation. But that doesn’t mean you need to settle or stay in a job that’s not satisfying in the long haul. Additionally, priorities can change over time. You may not require flexibility now, but down the road this could change. At that point, it’s important to reevaluate your priorities and make sure that you are still in the right job.

 

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Do What You’re Good At

Obviously, most people search for jobs they can qualify for. After all, you’re not going to be hired for senior-level positions right out of school. Still, there could be a world of difference between what you’re actually good at and what you qualify for based on your education and employment background.

For example, if you majored in accounting, you should have a reasonably good understanding of financial statements. But if you found taxation laws too complicated in school, then maybe you shouldn’t try to work with a CPA for two reasons: One, you won’t enjoy it. Two, your employer will notice sooner or later that you just don’t excel in that area.

Find Something You Really Enjoy

People don’t stay in the same jobs or career fields for the rest of their lives anymore. But while switching jobs and careers is not uncommon, some stability is desirable for anyone who is dependent on a paycheck. That’s why we recommend finding a job that you can really enjoy doing. Here are more reasons why it’s worth the effort to look for a job that you won’t get tired off day after day:

  • It will be easy for you to be good at what you do.
  • You won’t mind learning new things about your job.
  • You won’t dread going to work in the morning.
  • You’ll be more productive than your coworkers.
  • You’re more likely to get a pay raise down the road.

Don’t Be Afraid to Start Over

The interview process is often very one-sided. In most cases, the employer is looking for a perfect fit, but as the applicant, you won’t really know what you’re getting into until you start working. While any job requires some adjustments, you may end up in a job you really dislike. Whether you can’t stand your coworkers, dislike the office rules, can’t get along with your boss, or don’t do the type of work you thought you would be doing, sometimes it’s better to just start over. And just because you really enjoyed working for an employer for the first two years doesn’t mean that it will always be the right job for you. Staying at a job that’s not right for you isn’t good for you or your employer, so don’t be afraid to start from scratch.

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