Tips for finding the right role

Published: 19 Jun 2018 By Illesse Uppal

So, you’ve taken the first step towards your dream role and decided to look for a new job. Now the hard work begins; According to our recent poll, more than half of people surveyed voted that the hardest thing about the job search is finding the right role.

To aid you during this difficult time, we have compiled some expert tips and materials that will help you to find a job you will enjoy.

Firstly, you need to spend some time thinking about the role you want. Don’t waste time applying for any role you come across as odds are it won’t be what you want. To help you understand what you are looking for in your next role, spend some time thinking about what you disliked about your last role. Whether it was the organisation, the type of work, or the sector for example, these are factors you will want to avoid next time.

Next, you will want to think about when you had a great day at work. What was it that made that day so successful? – which elements of your role did you enjoy?

These factors will help you to come up with your wish list for your ideal job. Pull together a top ten list of essential criteria for your next role, including the values that matter to you, organisation culture, flexible working and salary to name a few. You will want to compare every role to your list, and ensure it meets at least six of your points before you consider applying.

A crucial skill that will aid you in the job search is organisation. Before you start applying for roles, you will need a way to keep track of which jobs you have applied for. At least once, everyone has answered a call from a recruiter and had no idea which job they were referring to. You can avoid this and ensure you come across as prepared and collected by ensuring you have a spreadsheet or some sort of way to track your progress. If you don’t want to use a spreadsheet, click here to find 5 apps and tools that will help you manage your job search.

Once you have your checklist and progress tracker, you can start looking for roles to apply for. With roughly 90% of recruiters using LinkedIn as their primary search tool, it’s a good idea to set up an account with LinkedIn to let recruiters find you and also browse professional roles. You can also find a variety of roles on WMJobs to suit whatever stage you’re at in your career.

Once you find a role you think would be a good fit for you, you should research the company to find out more about the company culture. The culture of a company can make or break your induction period, so it’s best to investigate it rather than being surprised when you start. A good way to get an understanding is to look at the employer branding and see what current employees say about working at the company. You can do this on sites such as Glassdoor.

If you are happy with the company, and the role meets your criteria, then follow our CV and interview advice and you should be on to a winner.

Happy hunting!

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