Whether you are currently in a job or out of work, there are different ways to approach looking for a brand-new job. For some people, there is a necessity to just take any job, the first job that they can find, in order to pay the bills. For others, there is a desire to make a career change and look at the longer-term approach of career happiness and job satisfaction. There is never a right or wrong answer, as every person has a different story to tell and different challenges to overcome. What does make a massive difference to the happiness someone feels in the workplace, is whether or not they are working in a role that matches their specific skill set and experience. There are different ways to do this, including staff training and long-term career goals, and here we’ll look at the options open to you.
Before searching for a new job you should always consider what skills you possess. By listing the skills and qualifications that you already hold, it gives you a better chance of finding a job role that suits you, and also provides you with a better chance of being successful when applying for a job role. Increasing your employability should always be a main goal of a job search, as it can make all the difference to your long-term prospects in whatever career you choose to follow.
Sit down and list all of your skills. You should begin by looking at your current (or most recent) job. Look at the job description for that role and what qualities that employer was looking for when they employed you. This is a good starting point for any new job search. Write down these qualities so you have them on a separate list and you can use this to search for job listings that are looking for similar qualities, skills and experience. This part of your search should include hard skills, such as the specific training and skills you have that relate to your work, such as specific software that your job role was required to use.
After this, you can begin to list your soft skills, which are those that relate to your own personal characteristics. This includes things such as good communication skills, being a good listener, having empathy, managing your time effectively and being a great problem solver. This gives you a great basis from which to conduct a new search for a job that matches your own skills, both soft and hard.
Looking for work takes on a number of tasks and approaches. It certainly helps to have the guidance and expertise of a specialist recruitment agency to help you in finding the perfect job that matches your skills, qualifications and experience. It can be difficult to match your expectations with a job role that you have a genuine chance of being accepted on, or one that is the correct choice for you, at the current point in your career and based on your career plan and desires. Always go that extra mile to ensure you are well matched with a job and you will find that you have much higher levels of job satisfaction. Working in a job that doesn’t match your skills and experience can cause stress and unhappiness.