The Best Job for You



What is the best job for you? Have you taken time to analyze your job goals?

Simply saying that you are looking for a good job that pays well is not enough. That is what most job seekers want. You need to identify the specific types of jobs for which you are qualified and that you desire. This will help to focus your efforts. You must target specific jobs and specific employers who have those jobs if you are to be successful.

Also, when you approach an employer you need to tell them what it is you see yourself doing - your job goal. Doing this in the job objective portion of your resume or in your cover letter is the most appropriate way to do this. You cannot expect them to analyze your qualifications and tell you where you might fit into their organization.

Sometimes, people choose a career and make plans to pursue it. Then, later on they find themselves in a totally different vocation. Or, a job candidate may apply for one position at a company, but the interviewer may recommend a different placement based on their needs, your qualifications or both.

The best job for you may not be the one you expect.

If this happens to you, keep an open mind and consider alternative positions or careers. Don’t exclude it just because it’s not what you originally planned.

Keep your options open when you are searching for a job. You might stumble upon a new career direction, be guided into it, or create it on your own. You may find that the best job for you is not what you expected when you started your job search.

Are you really looking for the best job? You need to figure out what YOU want and need from a job before you can find it. You can explore this by pondering some of these questions:

• What do I want in a job?
• Do I work better alone or as a team member?
• Do I like daily variety or do I like a consistent routine?
• What is the minimum salary I can accept?

Take time to assess your wants, dreams and requirements so you can determine what makes you happy. If you don't know what makes a difference to you in life then you will have a hard time finding it. You might end up frequently changing from job to job and never recognize it because you have never taken the time to discover what is really important to you in a job. Once you understand what you need then it’s much easier to choose wisely.

Also, once you know your priorities it will be much easier to create your resume and cover letter. You will be more focused in your job search and more confident in job interviews. Once you know yourself and know what you want in the long run, you are better equipped to answer those difficult questions such as: Why do want to accomplish at XYZ Company? Where do you want to be 5 years from now?

When you choose a job, you want to find a position that fits with your values, your skills and your priorities. Ultimately, if you are happy in your career, you will be more productive at work and this will benefit your employer. This creates a win –win outcome.

Building a career is a challenging task with many twists and turns. As you search for your ideal job be mindful of other possibilities that may arise. Consider other opportunities – even though you had not thought of them before. You may find a different approach is a stepping stone to your ultimate career path and thus the right job for you.


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