This can be an easy question to answer or it can be a difficult question to answer.
But, figuring this out will help your job search.
Understanding what you want to do and how your skills can help you can target what you want.
This makes success a lot more likely.
We’re after sniper precision, not a shotgun blast going in all directions.
Once you’ve decided it’s now time to compare this to what you listed out in the last step.
You’re looking to see how much overlap there is between what you want to do and what skills and experience you have.
By being specific about what you want to do you can tailor your job search making it a lot better.
Grow and Use Your Network
Most job vacancies aren’t advertised. In fact, they are filled before they even get to that stage.
How? Personal recommendations.
Personal recommendations are worth their weight in gold.
Using your network will provide those opportunities. These people not only provide the introduction but also act as a mark of quality on your behalf.
So it’s always a good idea to invest in your network.
Your network of contacts, colleagues, bosses, friends, family and acquaintances is something that you should always be growing and nurturing. If you haven’t already, start.
Over time you will generate contacts, friends, acquaintances.
They can help you find work, progress your career, break into an industry and more.
One of the best ways to do this in todays modern age is through LinkedIn.
It’s not only one of the greatest job-hunting tools it’s also one of the greatest career development and networking tools.
We’re not going to get into the details of how to best use LinkedIn here. A quick Google search will help answer that for you.
Take the time to build a network. These kinds of professional connections are worth their weight in gold.
They can recommend you, endorse your skills and expertise and make you well known within your industry.
Your network also includes your family. Your family and friends are the best pre-existing networks you can use to help find you a new opportunity.
If any of them work within the industry or role you’re after then talking to them about this can be the easiest way of securing a role.
It’s not guaranteed, but, personal recommendations go a long way to
Focus Your Job Search – Be Precise
Everything we have listed until now has been leading up to this: the actual job search.
But, you can’t go in guns blazing to everything and everywhere.
You aren’t going to get a good response if you take that approach.
So do your research and select the roles and companies that you want to work for.
With the previous steps you’re going to understand your skills, you’re going to know where you want to go into. Now you need to find those companies and positions.
Be specific. Look at their culture, their ethics and whether they match what you want.
This will quickly develop a shortlist of companies that you will want to work for.
This is highly important as you will be checking their careers pages repeatedly for any opportunities.
You can also use their job descriptions to help find other companies or roles that best fit who you are and what you want in your career.
You should now have a clear focused idea of what companies and what roles you want to go for. You should also have a good idea of the kinds of skills, experience, qualifications, key words and attitude you need to have to succeed.
The clearer and more precise the image in your head, the better.
Broaden Your Job Search
Wait? You just said focus your job search and be precise.
However, by having a clear focused approach to your job search, you can broaden where you look and how you look to achieve the best result.
There’s more than just one way to find a job.
In fact, there are dozens of ways.
Now that you have made your search criteria as precise as possible, you have to make sure that message reaches as many opportunities as possible.
Go beyond your normal Google search. Go to career fairs, go to recruitment agencies, go to the companies directly.
Those companies you identified earlier? Regularly check their career pages, set up a google alert or call them regularly to check for vacancies.
Found a specialist recruitment agency that deals in your sector/industry? Contact them and talk to them.
Found a generalist agency that works with the companies you want to be with? Contact them.
Go through LinkedIn jobs for specific keywords that could throw up companies or roles that you hadn’t considered or thought of.
Go through more than just Indeed, got to Reed, CV-Library, TotalJobs, Glassdoor, Adzuna, JobsIn websites etc.
Talk to your network and see what’s available, most jobs have become vacant and then filled before they’re ever advertised through simple networking.
Another tactic you can use is broadening your search to include roles just underneath your key role.
You are more likely to be accepted but this role can act as a gateway or transition into the role you want. If anything this can also allow you to generate paid experience and further develop your skills.