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How to find the perfect job


Last month, we looked at how to be happier in your current job. One of the talking points was to make sure you’re in the right job. You need to know what makes you happy and what you’re looking for. Once you have a clear idea of what you want, it will be much easier to find it. Today we’re going to look at how to find your perfect job.

What Skills, Qualifications and Experience Do You Need?

Once you know what the job is, do your research. Find out what is required to qualify for your perfect job.
Make a list of where you are now. Don’t just think about the obvious technical skills, think about your personality as well. Are you a great problem solver or communicator? Do you have management or leadership skills? Everybody who applies will have the technical skills to be able to do the job, so what other skills can put you head and shoulders above?

Both of these steps can be difficult, mostly because we’re really bad at knowing what we’re capable of. LinkedIn is a great tool to help with this. Look at other people’s profiles; what do they list as skills? Can you claim that skill as well? Also, use LinkedIn’s search feature to find people doing your perfect job. Look at what skills, qualifications and experience they list.

Who Do You Want to Do Your Perfect Job For?

Just as important as doing the job is who you do it for. Doing the same job for two different companies can be a vastly different experience. Who you work for can make the difference between a dream job and a nightmare.

Most people just wait for jobs to come up. That’s an easy way to end up with something that won’t be perfect for you. Find out about an employer’s values and culture. Do they match your own? Make a dreamlist of companies you’d like to work for. As a bonus, get in touch and ask them what they’re looking for in an employee; that proactive attitude can be very appealing to certain employers.

Lots of publications do a list of the best companies to work for. The Times 100 Best Companies to Work For is a great example, and you could also look at companies that have the Investors in People award.

Is Your CV Right?

This is such a big topic that I’ve just made a note to give it its own blog (or two). But here are a few key points.

Start with your personal statement and profile; keep them punchy. Then, highlight your best skills; this should indicate how you’ll add value to the team. Then you want a list of your key achievements in your previous jobs and personal life. Then employment history, education, personal interests and references.

Proofread it at least four times. Get your friends and family to proofread it. Check it on Grammarly and Hemmingway Editor. Your CV is your advert; it needs to be of a high quality and there cannot be a single mistake.

But it doesn’t need to be just text on plain paper; you can get creative. It can be difficult to get noticed in the job market, and there’s nothing wrong with giving yourself an advantage. This will be a personal approach depending on your personality, your perfect job, and the business you’re applying to.

Could you turn your CV into a brochure or a video? Could you send a gift with your CV? Could you direct people to a website or blog? Could you hand deliver your CV or follow it up with a personal phone call?

Don’t just apply for a job, when you can sell yourself. Again, social media like LinkedIn can be a great tool here. Could you find out something about the person that will read your application and personalise your effort?

Build Your Network

People often get a job because of who they know, so build your network. You never know who might know someone, who knows someone, and so on. Getting a job is like choosing to buy something; people are much more likely to make a particular choice if someone they trust tells them it’s the right choice.

Building your network can be done online or offline, preferably both. Social media is a wonderful tool for this, particularly LinkedIn. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone; I can tell you lots of people get jobs be sending messages to potential employers online.

Offline, you could look for look exhibitions or networking events. But don’t discount friends and family, you never know who might be able to help you. Let everyone know who you are and what you’re looking for!

Don’t Give Up!

Finally, looking for a job can be soul-destroying. But, hiring people is equally horrible, and most companies hate doing it. Having a proactive and enthusiastic person, knocking on your door and telling you all the wonderful things they can do might sound awful to us, but most companies will love you for it.

And don’t be put off if it looks like they aren’t hiring right now. Companies have been known to find space for the right people, and people leave and get promoted all the time. Just because there isn’t a job now, doesn’t mean there won’t be one tomorrow. If you’re already there, ready and waiting, you can jump right to the front of the queue.

That’s it for now, but if you want a lot more detail on how to find your perfect job, why not get my book The Happy Worker; How to Find a Job you Love and Love the Job you Have? It’s available from Amazon and comes with a workbook that will allow you to do all the exercises I mentioned in the last 2 blog posts.

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