Searching for a job isn’t just about finding the right title but more about finding something that you love doing. Happiness is vital because the more you like your position, the higher the chance you will pursue long-term career success.
When searching for a job, make sure you match your skills, personality and values to the selection criteria and job description.
Here are some factors to consider when trying to find a job that suits you:
There’s no point being in a job that doesn’t use your skills. It would be a waste for both you and your employer. Not only should your employer make use of your key strengths and abilities, but they should provide you with opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge.
A position that challenges your skills is important for stimulation and motivation. The challenges do not have to be huge, but it’s always good to keep the brain ticking. Being programmed to do the same thing day-in, day-out will become monotonous and result in a lack of enjoyment. When searching for a job, is it likely the role will be challenging enough while making use of your skills and knowledge?
While it would be nice to be rolling in the money, reality is the salary should provide fair compensation matched with your skills and experience. Find out how performance is measured and how often it is reviewed. It’s also important to ensure that company policies align with the conditions that are important to you, such as leave provisions and flexible working arrangements.
Fitting into a company is just as important as the work itself. Once again, this comes down to work satisfaction which will lead to long-term career success. It’s also a good idea to check the company values to make sure they align with your own. Research the management and the company’s financial position to give you an idea of what’s to come in the future. A little bit of research can go a long way in helping you find a suitable position.
A key indicator of job satisfaction is the opportunity for growth. Ensure the job has clear prospects for career development. You can do this by asking if the employer provides a professional training and development program.
For more advice on deciding if a job will suit you, speak to your Michael Page recruitment consultant. Their detailed business knowledge will help you determine if the role/company is the right fit for you and a positive step in your career progression.