Looking for work is never a fun prospect, but usually, it’s a necessary evil. If you don’t work, you don’t eat. It’s just that simple. Unfortunately, sometimes, in an effort to get back to work as quickly as possible, you take the first job that comes along and that might be one of the biggest mistakes you can make. What happens if the moment you settle into a job you find openings in a field you would rather be employed in? If you want to save yourself some time, effort, and major frustrations, why not take the time to find a job that suits you? Here are a few tips to help you in your search.
1. Temping During Your Search
To prevent yourself from jumping into the very first job that comes along, why not try temping for a while? This will bring money in, keep the bills paid, food on the table, and give you time to find a job that you just might want to make a career out of. In fact, that temporary position might end up appealing to you more than you would have imagined. Many careers were formed that way.
2. Job Descriptions Are the Place to Start
Unless you already have a degree or certification in the field you hope to enter, it pays to read various job descriptions to see if that is something you’d care to do 35 to 40 hours a week. Check out sites like jobdescriptionswiki.com to read through various job descriptions and learn more about jobs which might interest you. Of course, every employer will tailor the description based on what they need from their employees, but you could begin there with a rough estimate of what is involved in that position.
3. Location, Location, Location
With the ever-rising cost of gas, location is an important factor. If you need to drive an hour to and from work every day, that could end up costing what you’d make in two hours on the clock. Is it worth it? You could settle for less in a job that doesn’t suit you as well but is much closer to home. You also need to consider the cost of car insurance. You do know that one of the questions an insurance company asks is how many miles you plan to drive annually. The farther you travel, the higher your insurance premiums will be.
4. Company Culture and Your Boss
When you finally get an interview at a company that sounds good at first, you should take an in-depth look at the company culture. Does their mission closely resemble yours or would you be working in a company culture that doesn’t appeal to you? What about your immediate supervisor? You will probably, at some stage of the interviewing process, meet with the person to whom you will be answering to directly. Do you think you could work with this person eight hours a day? This is more important than you think if you want a job with a future.
The main point is, don’t take the first job that comes along if you are looking for a job with future prospects. You can always temp or work part-time to keep money coming in for the interim. Always look at job descriptions to see what appeals to you and start from there. Why start a new job once or twice a year when you can find one that suits you from the very beginning? It may take a little longer to find the perfect, job but give yourself time. It’s out there – you just need to know what you’re looking for.