6 top tips for finding a job you’ll love.

Looking for a new job is one thing, however finding a job you’ll love is another. That’s why it’s vital to do some research to understand what you’re looking for in a new opportunity. It’s time to really think about what role would excite you to get out of bed and off to work every morning ready to take on the world. 

Now we all know that not everyone finds their dream job straight away. But stay positive and by following the tips below you could get closer to developing your career further. We’ll cover the following subjects to get you well on your way;

What do you value in a job?
  - Research
  - Career goals
  - Challenges
  - Looking for the right job
  - Company culture

1. What do you value the most?

Understanding what you value the most when it comes to a job is the first step. Have a think and ask yourself, are you looking for great benefits? Or maybe it’s the company culture you value most? Perhaps the salary is your main priority or work-life balance. 

Either way, there will be something that you will put front of mind when it comes to looking for that dream  job. This will impact your way of thinking when considering new opportunities. 

2. Research.

Research is essential when deciding which job is best suited to what you’re looking for.
Take a look at what companies offer their current employees by browsing their website for details on benefits, perks and details on salaries. It’s also worth looking on sites like glassdoor.com to read about the company first hand from those who either work there or have interviewed. A good source is their social media accounts, it can give good insight into company culture and if it’s one you’d be happy fitting into.

3. Career goals and success…

Don’t be led by what you think other people or society at large defines as success, identify what a successful career looks like to you. Think past status and income to find out what you want to get out of your next job. Once you know what your career goals are finding next steps to getting you there will be much easier.

4. Take on the challenge!

Finding a job that engages you day-to-day means you need to be ambitious. Don’t limit yourself right from the start, but really consider what role would excite you to get out of bed and off to work every morning. Then do your research and make sure you get to know as much about the role as you can. Identify skills you might need to improve on and think about ways to gain the needed experience through online training, YouTube tutorials or volunteer work. 

5. Find your match.

Ensure you’re looking for the right job. Part of the reason you’re looking for a new role may be the fact you cast your net too wide and applied for jobs that either weren’t a great fit for your skill-set or you just weren’t interested in. 

Think about softer benefits that a company might offer and consider the general work culture - it’s important. Recent Randstad research revealed that 87% have joined a company specifically because of the cultural fit, and 80% have left a company for the same reason. To find a job you love and will be happy in you need to work for a company that matches your own values. A supportive work environment will allow you to grow and build your career. 

Make a list of your skills; this will help with finding the most relevant opportunities. You can run your CV through a website like Adzuna; they can value it for you and provide insight into the terms you use most on that document. This will provide you with some guidance on what roles to pursue.

6. Consider the working environment.

You’ll need to consider the kind of organisation you want to work at. This could be as simple as whether it's a competitive or collaborative working environment. It could also include the type of attributes that you would need to bring to the organisation, or the values they work towards. It’s worth looking into the history of the company, the strategy and overall vision in the about us section of their site - this will also help prepare you for an interview.

While these concerns are linked to company culture, you should also think about the more practical elements of the organisation. Is it a large or small company, for example. You also have to consider your future career path. Where will you go from the position you’re applying for? Is there much room for progression or will you have to look elsewhere to move up the career ladder? 

It is important you take the time to reflect and start thinking about what you want your life to look like — what kind of job you want, what kind of environment you want to work in and what kind of relationship you want with your manager and colleagues. By following these six tips you can help yourself work towards finding a job you love.

Check out Randstad’s career hub for more tips and advice to help guide you along the path to career success. 

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