By Kat Krull
When it comes time to search for a new job, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for and how to attain it. Do you want to continue working in the field you have experience in? Or are you looking to make a transition? What jobs can you get with your current skills and experience, and what jobs are right for your personality type?
Finding a compatible job is easier said than done. With thousands of jobs posted every day on major job boards, company career sites, and social media, it can be challenging to really focus in and find what you’re looking for.
However, there are certain things you can do in order to ensure your new position will be the right move for your career. Check out these four ways to find your most compatible job:
- Research ideal companies. Making a list of companies you’d like to work for helps focus your job search on opportunities you know are a good fit. Look at the company career site to get a good idea of the company values, company culture, etc. to determine if it’s an organization you believe in and would enjoy working at.
- Discover your personality type. How do you work best? Do you prefer working mostly on your own, or do you thrive in an environment where collaboration with colleagues happens on a regular basis? What type of company culture is right for you? By identifying your personality type, you can discover the best position and company for you and truly understand your working preferences in a new job.
- Discover different possibilities. Look for jobs that are related to your field, but not an exact match based on your degree or past jobs. All too often, job seekers box themselves into only looking at a few specific titles or types of jobs, when they could actually work successfully in a variety of other positions. Even if the particular job opening does not directly lead to your next job, the connections you make during the process just might.
- Set up informational interviews. Meet with people who work in the position you’re interested in. Get a feel for their daily projects and tasks to see if it aligns with your vision of the job. Not only is this a great way to learn about the job and get an inside look at the company, but you’ll also make connections at the organization at the same time.
How did you find your most compatible job? What advice would you give to candidates searching for new opportunities?
Kat Krull is the Marketing Manager of ApplyApp.ly, an innovative job search engine that finds job seekers their most compatible open positions. You can find Kat and ApplyApp.ly on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.