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How to find your perfect job


Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will make. Some will have made this decision at a young age, but for others it can take some time to learn what you’re good at, and how you can shape that into a career.

The career path you choose to embark on will determine the direction that your life takes. Although your career may be ‘only a job’, it’s something that will stay with you for the majority of your adult life. It will affect how successful you are and how happy you are you – so it’s not a decision to be taken lightly.

If you’re how to find your perfect job, consider doing these things:

1. Make a list

Take a step back and list your assets. A list allows you to look at the bigger picture so that you can make the most of your talents.

Break your list down into the following categories:

Knowledge and understanding

What qualifications do you have? What subjects have you studied?

Experience

What useful data have you gathered from your time in the job market so far? Which jobs/job made you the most happy? Where did you get the best experience?

Skills and talents

What are you good at? Have you received compliments or awards in a specific area?

Interests and hobbies

What interests or hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time? Whilst this may not be relevant for the job you’re looking for, it may give you some inspiration.

2. Define your life inspirations

Consider what you want out of life. Is it self-satisfaction? A big house, a car and lots of holidays? Or are you looking to own your own business one day? Whatever your aspirations may be, it’s important to determine whether they are realistic.

Take a look at your list, and see how those skills and experience can help you achieve them. If you cannot, you may need to attend a training course or enrol for further study.

If there are assets on your list that match your aspirations, highlight them. Consider now, how you can use these assets to reach your goals. Can you see a particular job that makes use of your skills?

3. Set realistic goals

Hopefully, you should be closer to deciding your perfect career. If you can make a decision, you’ll need to set goals for your progression. Will you need training? How long will it take? Do you have any contacts in your preferred field? How long do you want to be in that role before moving on?

Of course, your goals will change and develop as you do. You may learn a lot about yourself from your first position, and decide to spend longer there before moving on, or you might decide you’d rather stay put.

No one will achieve every single goal they set themselves in life. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t achieve a specific goal, by a specific date. Life happens, and your priorities will change. The important thing is that you change with them.

Good luck trying to find your perfect job and happy job hunting!

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