Probably one of the biggest problems to plague job seekers is their confusion of where to begin. When you are trying to find a job, it can be very easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many things to consider. Your qualifications, your past experiences as a worker, your level of education, and what you are looking for in terms of income, are just a few things that might be going through your mind. It can make job hunting seem like an almost impossible task. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. There are a few steps you can take to make things easier.
1. Determine what it is that you want from a job.
What is most important to you? A good income? Flexibility? A job that fits with your interests? If you don’t even know what you’re looking for, you’re going to have a hard time finding it! Make a list of the three most important things that you think your job should have. This will give you a good base to work from as well as help you to narrow down your job choices.
2. Consider your skills and qualifications.
Not everyone has the skills or qualifications necessary for the job they want. It’s important to think about what you’re good at and what you need to improve upon. Ideally, a job should be suited to the skills you already have. It should challenge you to improve upon them while also helping you to build new ones. It is also important to remember your qualifications. Many jobs require a high school or college degree or at least a certain amount of experience before they will hire you.
3. Talk to people you know.
Even if you have figured out what is important to you in a job, where your skills lie, and what qualifications you have, you still might be struggling with what to do from there. I found it tremendously helpful to talk to people. Ask the people you know about their work experiences. Get a general idea of what the people around you do for a living and how it affects their lives. Ask them about their salaries, their bosses, and the atmosphere of the environment they work in. This can help you make good connections as well as give you a better idea of what a certain type of job would be like.
Yep, that’s just three steps. I bet you were expecting more! There’s going to be more later, but we’re just getting started here, and I think it’s easier to break things into small chunks. Also, please note that there does not have to be a specific order in which you do these things. You might find that it suits you better to think about your skills before you try to determine what you want from a job. Or you might find it suits you more to talk to people you know before you even consider the other steps. Whichever way you do it, hopefully these pieces of advice help you get you started.