Even in tough job markets, the jobs are out there.
It takes a little more work to find them, but you may discover your right-fit job in a place that surprises you. If you’re wondering how and where to find the job that’s right for you, read on.
What is “Right Fit?”
Getting hired and your success on the job can depend on your “fit” in the job just as much as your technical skills. Are you well-suited to the company’s culture and work environment? Do you have traits and values that will make it easy to form good working relationships with other employees at that company? The hiring manager will be examining these questions, and you should, too. Finding a job that fits will impact your satisfaction with your work.
Defining Your “Right-Fit”
Before you start looking for specific job openings, take some time to define what is right for you. There are many career planning and self-assessment tools online, in bookstores and libraries that can help. Consider some of the following elements that could influence your job search direction and ultimate employment choice:
Work environment and geographic location
Daily tasks and responsibilities
Advancement and training opportunities
Benefits and compensation
Narrowing Your Search
Narrow your search to a specific industry or profession using your right-fit criteria. Use resources like associations, trade journals, and sites like wetfeet.com and vault.com to explore industries and professions. Ask people you know who work in areas of interest to sit down with you for an informational interview. Finally, start narrowing your search to specific job titles and positions.
Where to Look
Look for job openings that are compatible with your research through:
Federal and local government sources.