February 14, 2014
Everyone wants to find a perfect job to love, but it can be elusive. That’s why this Valentine’s Day, we at Simply Hired have decided to focus on helping you find that dream job. We’ll leave the relationship stuff to other websites.
Before we dive in, we should preface this by saying it’s very rare to find a job that you’re happy with all the time. Just like any relationship, every job has its ups and downs – there is no way to avoid this reality. However, you can find a job where the ups outweigh the downs, and the chance for work to make you truly happy abounds.
Here are seven tips to help find that sought-after job:
1. Set a career mission
Just as in love, it’s impossible to find what you’re looking for in your career if you don’t know what you want. So think about where you want to be at the end of your career, and what you want to have contributed. Do you want to own your own company or become a published author? Maybe you want create the next great mobile app or find a position with enough flexibility to spend time with your family. Whatever your mission, use it to help you select a job that will help you reach your goals. Although it may be unrealistic to know exactly what you want to accomplish in your entire career, having an idea to work from is much easier than going at it completely blind.
2. Know what you value
In order to find a job you truly love, you need to know what you value. Think about what items are important to you in a job. Whether you want flexibility, a big salary, the opportunity for creativity, or security, if you know what you value, you can better identify if a company and job is a fit for you.
3. Know your strengths
One of the best ways to find a job you love is to pursue jobs where you can excel. You should play to your strengths. If you’re an extremely creative person, look for a job that demands creativity. If you excel at leading teams, develop a career in management. If you’re persuasive and love talking to people, consider a job in sales. Determine the skills you possess and then start mapping them to potential careers.
4. Recognize your weaknesses
Many job seekers get distracted by company perks, salary, and other factors, and neglect to think about the qualities of a potential job that indicate it may not be a good match. If you’re a night owl, a job that requires you to be ready to work by 6 a.m. won’t be a good fit no matter how great that 401k match. Make sure you honestly identify your weaknesses and preferences to truly find a job you love.
5. Find a mentor
Mentors can be a great inspiration. They can give you direction, assist you in decision-making, introduce you to important connections, and help you grow as a professional. They can also help you identify what to expect out of your job and in your career. Consider finding a more experienced colleague in your field to help you evaluate your potential dream job opportunities.
6. Research the job
When considering a new job, many candidates make the mistake of trying to “win” the job rather than truly evaluating if the job is a good fit for both the company AND the candidate. Make sure you know what you are getting into before the first day of your “dream job.” Find out what former employees say about the company. Read up on people’s experiences in different departments. With this information you can make an educated decision about whether a potential job is a good fit.
7. Evaluate all of your options
Since job listings moved to the web, it has become increasingly easier to miss a great job opportunity. There are just too many job listings and too many websites. This is where a site like SimplyHired.com comes in handy. Since Simply Hired indexes all the job listings on the web, a job search here means you’re seeing all the jobs currently available.
In order to avoid sifting through thousands of openings on job search websites, use search filtering to zero in on the jobs for you. Be sure to enter in your level of experience, location, and job type (full or part time). This will enable you to see only those jobs that are relevant to you.
Now you have seven tips to help you find a job you love!
Good luck and happy Valentine’s Day!