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How to Find the Right Job for You

By Mikkie Mills

Many of us reach a point where we are dissatisfied with where our career decisions have led us. Maybe we just took the first opportunity available, or we might have enjoyed our job once upon of time and are now at a dead end. Whatever the case, we all deserve to be gainfully employed at a company that appreciates our hard work and dedication. If it is time for you to make the big switch, here is how to find a job that is right for you...

Apply Your Personal Interests

Working a job that you hate can make you miserable in due time. To avoid putting yourself in this predicament, consider working in an environment that best suits your personality. For example, if you enjoy working with numbers, you may prefer taking a job as an accountant versus working at a clothing store. You should never feel out of your element at work. If you have trouble narrowing down a particular field, try taking an online career compatibility quiz to help you find the right path. You can also plug your hobbies, skills, and level of experience in various career search engines for additional guidance.

Consider Your Skills And Capabilities

What are you already well-versed in? Having prior experience in an area of work often makes it easier to make a good first impression. You will also find that the training process will go a lot smoother, and you won't have to feel as though you are being thrown to the wolves on your first day. Learn how you can find a position that matches your skill set.

Have A Salary Amount In Mind

You must be sure that your job of choice can handle the weight of your obligations, so always be clear on the salary before taking a job. If the position offers an hourly wage, get clarity as to how many hours you are expected to work during each pay cycle so that you can calculate gross wages. If the salary is too low for you at the moment, decline it or try to negotiate for a higher wage.

Ask Questions During Interviews

Interviews are your chance to get as much insight as possible regarding the position and the company as a whole. Take every opportunity to ask questions so that you are able to make informed decisions. If their policies and ethics don't match yours, it will probably not be a good fit for you.

Get the Inside Scoop

Before committing to a position, you should figure out all there is to know about the company. If you can, make a trip to the site so that you can see how things are run. Pay attention to the employees. Do they look unhappy or overworked? Is the building sanitary? Is this a company that you can see yourself being proud to be employed with? Also, check out online reviews. There are many sources available that showcase the opinions and experiences of those associated with various companies.

Consider All Options

Companies review all eligible candidates during their selection process. Apply this same principle to your job search. Never put all of your eggs in one basket or jump at the first opportunity offered to you. It is best to have options, so apply to as many positions that appeal to you. Always be looking for more job opportunities.

Searching for the right job can feel like a scavenger hunt. It can be tedious and tiring sometimes, but it is better to do your due diligence to avoid getting stuck in a position that doesn't fulfill your needs. Be patient and trust the process so that you will be able to make decisions that your future self will be proud of.

About Mikkie Mills: “I’m a Chicago native who loves to share her expertise about personal development and growth. When I’m not writing, I’m chasing the little ones around or rock climbing at the local climbing gym.” More articles by Mikkie.

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