Work out how to get a job that is best suited to you

Prepared: Making career choices involves knowing yourself, what you like and what you are good at.
Prepared: Making career choices involves knowing yourself, what you like and what you are good at.

As Confucious said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.

But finding the right career for you can be fraught with difficulty in the modern world.

Young workers are tipped to have nine jobs in a lifetime and work longer as the age of retirement is raised.

Conversely, it’s becoming more common for middle-aged workers to undertake a complete career change, often leaving the industry in which they had been employed most of their adult lives.

Also, technology has made redundant hundreds of lower-paid, lower-skilled jobs, while creating new roles across the nation.

It’s a revolutionary landscape to find work, much less a job that is satisfying, well paid and fulfilling.

Here are some tips that will help job seekers starting out as well as mature-aged workers seeking a career change.

CHOOSE WISELY

Making the best career choices involves knowing yourself; what you like (your interests), what you are good at (your skills and abilities) and what is important to you (your values).

Pick an industry in which you have an interest and don’t be swayed by negative people, who might think you are not up to the task.

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Success is often about figuring out what you like and are good at and doing more of it.

It’s common for employers to advertise prospective jobs online, so use the internet to access job listings online and any other websites that may prove useful in your search for work.

WRITING A RESUME

Once you have decided on your career and found a position that you believe may be the right fit, you need to write a resume to your prospective employer.

Resumes are your best marketing tool and should be succinct and readable.

This is the document that shows you have the right qualifications and appropriate experience to meet the requirement for the job and the employer’s expectations.

You can be as creative as you like with respect to your resume, however, ensure the document provides:

  • Contact details
  • Opening statement
  • List of key skills
  • Personal attributes
  • Career overview
  • Educational qualifications
  • Employment history, volunteering, work placements
  • References/referees

INTERVIEW TIPS

It’s often said employers make up their minds about a prospective employee within three seconds of their meeting.

So it’s important to dress well, allay any nerves and feel confident about yourself and abilities during an interview.

If you are called for an interview, practice your communication skills before the interview.

Develop a compelling story about yourself and tailor it to the job.