How To Get The Job You Want
In this economy, there are more people needing jobs than jobs to be had—and a lot of the jobs that are out there don’t even pay a living wage. You don’t have to waste time in these jobs. In fact, wasting time in those jobs will not only not pay your bills, but it will also take away time you could spend looking for a better profession that can actually support you—and maybe even enrich your life.
There is nothing that can guarantee that you will get a job you want. But there are some things you can do to boost your chances. Many of them are adjustments to your mindset.
Take stock of your strengths and assets and begin to see yourself as self-employed.
Why? Oftentimes, job candidates think of themselves as being at the mercy of the job market. They are looking for an employer to solve all their problems. With so few opportunities and with so little job security, this is not realistic. You have to be as adaptable as possible to survive, and you need to be proactive. Consider your talents to be the services you sell, and potential employers as potential clients. Market yourself like you’d market those service. This attitude instills a sense of self-worth and also helps you to see how much you have to provide to others—and how to sell it.
Figure out what you really want.
Obviously we all want to be rich and happy. But what are your priorities? Is a higher wage your top consideration? Job security and plenty of openings? Flexible hours? Part-time or full-time hours? What about your work environment? How much control do you want over your life? What kind of lifestyle are you working to support during your off-hours? All of these questions should guide your job search and keep you away from jobs that won’t make you happy.
Research supply and demand in the job market and figure out where you can fit in.
Apply for jobs where you are a competitive candidate, and where there is a higher demand in terms of openings than supply in terms of other potentially qualified workers. If you still have the luxury of time and money to spend on education, spend it on a job with practical benefits. There should be demand for the job, the job should pay a living wage, and it should be something you can tolerate and be grateful for. It may not be your passion, but it should be something you love because of what it can provide you with.
As a final note, keep in mind that the majority of job openings are not advertised publicly.
Don’t just stop at job postings online. Post your resume, get on LinkedIn and fill out a profile, visit job fairs, join a professional organization, and cold-call human resources departments. Don’t keep your job search to yourself. Make it public. There’s no way for anyone to network with you or help you if you don’t put yourself out there.