How To Know What Career Is Right For You

When you finish your education, it can be extremely difficult to know what career direction to go in. Do not worry, this is remarkably common and almost everyone experiences this. You may even have already had a career but you find it’s just not for you, this is also normal and quite a positive thing. 

It often means that you have outgrown your current career and want to move on and continue your career journey, and after all, you’re never too old to learn something new! If you are unsure of which path to take then following these five simple steps will help you. 

Career Quizzes

Although people associate these as being a silly test that you complete in school, they can actually be very helpful in your adult life when it comes to choosing a career that is right for you. These are also sometimes known as aptitude tests, and can help you to realise more about your personality than you may know. 

Some of the tests that you find online may seem ridiculous, but if you find a legitimate test, then it can be an amazing tool when it comes to finding your career, especially if you have no idea where to start. 

Some things that you should remember about when completing a career quiz or personality tests is that they need to be reliable and valid. You can test this by completing the tests multiple times to see if the responses you get are consistent with one another. You should also be able to use the tests to your advantage. You will likely be given a range of different careers, you should implement your own interests and your strong points to help decipher which recommended career would be best for you. 

Consider All Your Options 

When you are faced with lots of different options when trying to find your perfect job, it can be extremely intimidating. However , in order for you to be able to make an informed decision, then you need to be aware of your options. By creating a list of options, along with their pros and cons, then you can begin the process of narrowing down your options. 

Pros and cons will be very helpful when finding the right career for you as you can assess the different ways that different types of careers will suit you and whether you think you would be a good fit. Although having a lot of options can be daunting, it can also help you to see something that you haven’t previously considered as a potential career choice for which you could be a perfect fit. 

Identify Any Overlaps 

One of the main things you should consider when on a job search or looking for a new career path is any skills and qualifications that you may hold. By doing this, you can identify whether there are any overlaps in the qualifications and skills necessary for the careers that you are interested in. 

You should also consider what you enjoy doing in your day to day life and see if you can incorporate any of these things into the work environment in any of the potential careers that you have identified. This would help you to understand which careers you believe you would be suited to and you can actively seek the careers where there are multiple overlaps. This will help youtube be happy and satisfied in your career. 

Network

Whether you are currently on a job hunt, or just want to get a feeling of other potential career paths you could take, networking is an amazing tool to help you. The more people that you communicate with and meet, the more insight you have into what different career options are like, and if others enjoy the career. 

Networking is also extremely helpful in the job application process because a lot of the time, it can be more about who you know than what you know. There are even statistics that prove that around 85% of jobs get filled through networking, so definitely bear this in mind when searching for a new job. 

Ask A Mentor 

When people think of a mentor, they think about someone who you pay to give you advice on your career such as a career coach, and these can be great and very informative. However, a mentor can also be someone who has experience in a specific field who then conveys the information they have learnt on to you. Starting a new career can be extremely difficult, so having someone to help guide you through that process makes it a lot more manageable. 
Once you find the right mentor, they will be happy to give you guidance and boost you up in the  career ranking. Almost 80% of CEO’s thank their mentors for getting them where they are today. After all, when you have a mentor, you will likely be learning from the best, so what better person to help you find the career that is perfect for you.

Self-Improvement To Stand Out From The Job

Why self-improvement helps you stand out from the job hunting crowd

In such a competitive era, it’s vital that you make every effort to set yourself apart from all the others when it comes to attracting the attention of a potential employer. So let’s consider the basics of what you should be doing to make yourself attractive to employers.

Examine your Social Media footprint.

Image result for party picturesIf your entire Google search is dominated by party-fuelled pictures of you, a good quality employer may have an image problem in bringing you on board their team. Be prepared to delete photos, posts and even entire accounts in order to present yourself in the best possible light.

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Be prepared also for some images and posts to still show on Google / other major search engines even after you’ve deleted them – in which case you may need to seek expert guidance on removal techniques.

Your CV.

There are entire YouTube tutorials on preparing the perfect CV, and with good reason. A badly prepared, badly written CV will not only cost you the job but will likely cost you even the opportunity of an interview. Avoid falling at the first hurdle by ensuring your CV is short, relevant to the job you’re applying for, believable (no false claims of management experience or similar, for example) and presented in the proper format – most recent employment first is the format preferred by most recruiters, as it lets them see at a glance if you have the right background for the job. Finally, avoid making the most common faux pas in CV preparation: your personal details, including email and mobile telephone number, should be accurate and up-to-date. Think about how many job opportunities have been lost because someone forgot to update their mobile number…..

Be prepared (part 1).

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If you’re sending your CV out there with your email address and mobile phone number on it, you need to make sure you’re checking your emails a few times a day and that you answer your phone when it rings – particularly if it o

C:\Users\Molly\Desktop\phone.jfifrings from an unknown or anonymous number. Most businesses recruit from an anonymous or withheld phone number, so do make sure you pick up any and all calls placed to you during the time you’re accurately job hunting. It’s fairly routine now for the first contact to be an informal telephone interview, so if you’re not picking your phone up you’re falling at the first hurdle and you will never get that job opportunity.

Be prepared (part 2).

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Keep track of what you’ve applied for, who the recruitment agency was, when the closing date was, when you can expect to hear back etc. By keeping a folder of all your applications you can easily find the job referred to by the recruiter or HR manager when they call you. There’s nothing more unflattering than a candidate who can’t remember, or doesn’t seem to care enough to remember, applying to you so avoid this outcome by keeping a good record of all your applications.

Be prepared (part 3).

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Do some basic research on each company and job before your original application, and keep this information with your CV and application. That way, when you do get the telephone call for that first interview you’re already on your way to being prepared to ask and answer questions about the company and the role you’ve applied for.

Presentation.

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You will need to look, dress and sound the part of the perfect employee to add to their growing team. Check out the company and its current staff online for a look at what to wear, what style of personal presentation they seem to favour, and then adapt your wardrobe to suit.

C:\Users\Molly\Desktop\career-dreams-legos.jpg If you’re doing all of the above as a regular routine, you’re going to stand out a long way from the crowd in every job-hunting scenario. But above and beyond all, what employers want to see is self-improvement and a commitment to learning and bettering yourself. After all, what new staff member is easiest to train than one who is already showing the ability to learn new skills and to develop new understandings and routines?

C:\Users\Molly\Desktop\highlight.jfif Use your CV and job application form to highlight new and recent learning. Be honest about the challenges it presents, what you like about it, what its benefits have been for you; and don’t forget to highlight how your new learning techniques and the new knowledge you’ve gained can be used to help your potential new employer. Employers are going to be impressed by someone who can show a straight line from their knowledge to helping the company improve and develop, and that’s only going to help you to stand out even further from all the other applicants, leading to an increased likelihood of you being selected for interview.