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How to Find Your Ideal Job

November 17, 2015 Jonny Lilley
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If you’re not happy in your current role, you may be thinking about taking the plunge and finding something new. Trouble is, it can be difficult to know where to start! Is this a problem for you? There are a lot of ways to land a new job. Some are tried-and-tested, some are creative, and some rely on what can only be described as guerrilla tactics.

Of course, there’s a big difference between finding a job and finding your ideal job. The latter is likely to take longer, but will hopefully be a great deal more satisfying in the long term.

Are you determined to find a role that’s perfect for you? Let us inspire you with our quick guide.

Consider a change

Your ideal job won’t necessarily be the one you’re currently working towards. If you really want to find the right role, you’ll probably need to accept this. Could it be time for you to have a career change? Career changes are far more accepted now than they were even ten or twenty years ago. Whatever stage you are in your career: it’s not too late to make the switch. Not sure what you’d like to do instead? Get a few ideas with a personality career test.

Do your research

When you’re looking for a long-term role it’s even more vital to make sure you’ve done plenty of research. The Sunday Times’ survey on the best 100 companies to work for (including small companies and non-profits) could help you to narrow down your choices. You may also want to pay a visit to any workplaces you’re considering before you put in an application. Potential employers are often happy to have an informal conversation about the role before interview and this can be a great time to get a feel for what it would be like to work there.

Consult your network

One of the reasons it can be hard to find a new job using traditional methods is because most of them are never advertised! Research suggests that 60% of vacancies never make it to the press or online job sites; instead many of them are being filled via networking contacts. Once you know the kind of role you’re looking for, it will be well worth your time to let your network know. Friends, family members, previous colleagues, professional contacts and friends-of-friends can all help to keep an ear out for unadvertised jobs and will be likely be able to get you in touch with the exact person you need to speak to.

Think outside of the box

So-called guerrilla job hunt tactics are becoming more and more popular. We’ve heard about job hunters going to lengths such as creating a stand out CV, investing in online advertising and even buying a London billboard! What could you do that would make you stand out from your competition?

Create your own

You may reach a stage when you realise that the reason you can’t find your ideal job is because it doesn’t exist… yet. Self employment is at a 40 year high in the UK, so there’s arguably never been a better time to set out to create your own perfect job.

There’s plenty of support available if you decide to take this option. In fact, we’ve got plenty of inspiration for you right here on our blog.

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