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"How To" Series, Part 1: Top 5 Tips to Finding the Right Job

Finding the perfect job is on everyone's bucket list at some point in their career. The right job for you is out there, and we have some tips on how you can find it. First, you have to understand the four reasons why finding the right job is so important.

  1. Reduces stress and depression.

  2. Allows you to channel your passion.

  3. Provides a sense of meaning to your life.

  4. Aligns with your personal values and creates more joy overall

Finding the right job can improve your well-being and your overall outlook on life - yes, it has that much impact on your every day! When you have a job that you love and aligns with you, work becomes more enjoyable and feels less daunting.

Now that you understand why the "perfect" job is good for you and will help your overall wellness, you can now learn five helpful tips that can ensure you find the right job for you.

Tip #1: Start making Brainstorming Lists

  • Lists are good for uncovering likes/dislikes, and overall themes of what is important to you. Some good Brainstorming ideas you may want to start with:

  1. You want to identify your current hobbies, interests, skills, that you find may cross over with your career or career you want.

  2. Write down any and all of job position you want (Dream Big!) and duties that you enjoy or would want to do or learn more about.

  3. You will want to think about your current company, and what you like/dislike about your current position/company. Consider all details from physical space to work in benefits to people.

  4. You will want to think about your "jobs wanted" list to include ANY and ALL keywords/job titles you would be interested in, noting specifically different industries you would still enjoy working in.

  • Once you have done some of these "brain dumps" and have some good lists - start to review them for consistencies, trends or anything else that sticks out.

  • Ask for feedback from friends and family for words that they think describe you or valuable traits they see in you can also help later on in the job searching process.

Tip #2: Identify what you really want! If you could set the perfect (work) stage, what would it look like?

  1. Where (location) do you want to work?

  2. What field(s) are you wanting/not wanting to work in?

  3. Why (Individuals or types of people) do you want to work for and/or with?

  4. What kind of companies do you want to work for?

  5. What size company do you want to work for?

  6. What type of job are you looking for (hours and pay)?

  • With these questions, you will be able to narrow down and/or expand your job search. No idea is a bad idea in these beginning stages.

Tip #3: Connect with your network.

  • Developing connections between friends, family, and coworkers on platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook are great ways to stay connected. The same is true with companies you are hoping to work for or partner with one day. Liking company pages and adding them on your profiles, subscribing to their newsletters or blogs or podcasts are a great way to stay informed and in touch with your dream companies.

  • Reaching out to the administration or HR offices or your dream companies is another great way to put your name into their systems. Contacting a few leaders or personnel in different departments and sending your resume, portfolio, cover letters are all great ways to get your name and qualifications out there.

  • Get curious! If you are wanting to know more about a company or group within an organization, once you connect, ask for coffee or to connect and ask questions!

Tip #4: Different Opportunities

  • Before jumping into a full-time position, here a few things you could do to know for sure whether or not you want a career in that job field:

  1. Get an internship or work at a temp agency.

  2. Look into a job shadow for another position at your current company.

  3. Join a club or class involving some of your interests.

  • All three of these can be used to get a feel for your field of choice, helping you decide whether you really want a job in that field.

Tip #5: Never Give Up

  • Applying for jobs, day in and day out, can be stressful, hard, annoying and lonely. There are a few things you can do to access lots of resources and ways not to feel so alone in process.

  1. Talk to a career counselor or career expert.

  2. Take the Myer-Briggs Personality Test, figure out what your personality type is and make connections with those who are similar to you.

  3. Contact Us at Hire DSM! Our recruiters would love to help you get started on your job search journey. We have lots of resources, connections, and knowledge. Working with a recruiter is a free resource to you and could really help guide you in your search!

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