Find the job that’s right for you

It’s important to find the right career and company – work is such a big part of our lives. So how do you find the job that’s right for you? How do you choose the right career path?

Start by looking at yourself

When you choose a career path, it’s important to consider your skills and interests – if you enjoy your work, you’ll enjoy life. So take some time for a little self-assessment:

  • What skills do you have? How can these skills help an organisation?
  • What interests you? What do you enjoy? What are you passionate about?

Use the answers to these questions to refine your job search. Match your skills and interests to a career or role, instead of trying to adapt yourself to suit a job.

Next, look for the right company

Deciding on a career path or role is half the battle – next you need to find a company that’s an equally good fit for your personality, values and ambitions.

Take time to research the companies that interest you. Check out a company’s leadership, mission and vision. Consider their culture. Understanding a company’s financial position and goals for the future will give you a feel for their current state and mindset.

Look at company websites, as well as media articles about the companies you’re researching. Follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Then, when you’re happy that you’ve found a company that’s a good fit, delve into the roles they offer. Is the role within a large team, or is it more of an independent, autonomous position? Take the opportunity to contact the company for more information and to express your interest.

Find out more about building the career you want, from writing your resume and cover letter, through to cultivating your career and making positive career moves.