Finding a good job can be difficult. But if you take the time to plan and prepare yourself, you can easily find a job that matches your strengths and skills.
In this article, I’ll share 6 steps you can take to start looking for a new job, and hopefully find one that fits your needs.
STEP 1: Be Honest About Your Skills and Experience
Before you start applying for jobs, you need to figure out what kind of work you want to do. This will help you narrow down your search to a manageable amount of places.
Don’t just assume that because you’re good at something you want to do, you’ll automatically get a job doing that thing. You may end up working in a field you don’t enjoy.
The first step is to figure out what you want to do. The next step is to determine what you have the experience for. The third step is to find the types of jobs that match your skills.
STEP 2: Start With Companies That Care about Employees
Companies that care about employees are usually the ones hiring. So if you want a job where you’re more likely to be treated well, look for those kinds of companies.
I know this seems obvious, but there are so many employers out there who don’t really care about their employees, and they’re the ones you should avoid.
Some of the signs you want to look out for are:
The company has more than 5 people on staff
The company’s social media posts talk about their employees and not the owners
The company has a blog or some other form of communication that shows they care about their employees
The company has a website that talks about how it values its employees
The company makes regular posts about how it’s trying to better itself
The company doesn’t make fun of its customers
The company is active in the community
Local companies are often more focused on their employees. This means they’re more likely to be flexible and understanding when you have family issues or other personal obligations.
Finding local companies to apply at is one of the easiest ways to find a job. But don’t just go to the local Chamber of Commerce or your local business association.
You need to find companies that are looking for employees and are willing to work with you. Look for a job board or an online forum that allows companies to list openings and let people apply.
If you want a job that requires traveling, you should also look for companies that have offices in your area.
STEP 3: Read Job Descriptions Carefully
Some companies will tell you upfront that they aren’t interested in hiring for a specific position. That’s fine. Just keep in mind that it’s not necessarily because they don’t want you.
Some companies might not want to hire someone for a particular position because they have too many qualified applicants. In this case, they’ll tell you upfront that they’re not interested in interviewing you.
Read job descriptions carefully. Some companies have job descriptions that are very broad. They may say they’re looking for an “experienced programmer”, but they don’t specify what kind of programming experience they’re looking for.
So if you don’t match the description exactly, don’t bother applying.
You can also find job descriptions online and figure out what the company is really looking for before you apply.
STEP 4: Apply for Jobs That You Match
There’s no reason to apply to jobs you don’t match. If you apply for jobs that aren’t a good fit for you, you’ll be wasting your time and theirs.
When you apply for jobs, make sure to describe your skills and experiences. If you don’t match the description exactly, say so. If you don’t match the skills listed, explain why you’re still interested in the job.
In many cases, the people doing the hiring are not technical experts. They’ll rely on their job descriptions to make decisions.
If you have a hard time getting through the hiring process, look for jobs that require a resume. You can send your resume as an attachment instead of writing it up yourself.
STEP 5: Write Out Your Resume
A resume is a very important part of the hiring process. It’s the first impression that people get of you. If they don’t like what they see, they may decide not to give you a second chance.
Writing your resume should be one of the easiest parts of the process. Make sure to include all of the skills and experiences you have and don’t forget to mention any certifications or awards you’ve received.
You can find samples of resumes online or just use one of the many free resume builders.
STEP 6: Contact Companies That Hire For Your Skills
Once you’ve written out your resume, you can start looking for companies that are hiring for the positions you want.
The first thing you should do is start looking for local companies that match your skills.
If you’re interested in a job that requires traveling, you can also look for companies that have offices in your area.
Most companies will post their job openings on job boards like LinkedIn or Monster. You can also search online to see if any companies that you’re interested in are hiring.
I recommend looking at sites like Indeed and Glassdoor to find companies that are hiring. You can also look at sites that specialize in specific industries.
In most cases, you’ll have to fill out an application form. Don’t worry about how to fill it out – just get it done as quickly as possible.
Once you have the application done, send it off to the company. If they like what they see, they may want to interview you.
You’ll usually be asked to complete a test or project before they decide to hire you.
Thanks for reading!