When you are out of work, and you suddenly get the offer of something, the temptation to jump straight in is very strong. And let’s face it, it could be argued that any job is better than no job at all. You would, after all, get short shift from the JobCentre if you became extremely fussy and turned down every suggestion that was made.
However, you must be contented with your work or you won’t do it well and, as a result, eventually decide it’s not for you. So how do you go about seeking and finding the job that’s just right for you?
The way you set about your search is very important. You need to have all your skills and attributes at your finger tips so that when you are scanning the advertisements, you will know when you come across something that matches, in part at least, some of your skills or background experience.
Or there may be something in a job advertisement that particularly interests you, yet for which you don’t actually have the right experience or background. It may be you then need to make a good case for being considered for the job. This can work sometimes with employers who are looking for someone a little different or with a more varied background than they have had before.
Show how adaptable you are prepared to be in your letter of self-introduction. Lay out your skills and experience, briefly and succinctly. You might be surprised how often this can yield results. When you attend interviews, have a set of relevant questions ready to ask, you’ll always get the opportunity.
Sometimes the things you are interested in are not on the regular job description but can be added by an employer eager to employ an adaptable person. Unless they know your interests, they can’t be expected to offer the chance, can they?
If you’re really energetic in your search for a job, you’ll end up with more than one firm offer. This may present you with a dilemma and you must give serious thought to which offer you decide to accept. Remember it won’t always be the case that the highest salary will be the best. Nor will it necessarily be the most convenient to get to.
There are other considerations such as good prospects, a pleasant working environment, an interesting job, potential for developing the position, uniqueness. Sit down and list all the advantages and disadvantages of each offer so you can evaluate each accurately.
And if, in the end, your instinct indicates you accept what on paper looks like the least promising prospect, don’t ignore it.
Be prepared for a “running-in” period. Adapting yourself to a new working environment isn’t always easy. It can take time to adjust to new conditions, new work, new colleagues and new management attitudes.
The first weeks can be difficult, so don’t just leave. Give yourself a chance and you might be surprised how well you eventually do fit in.
If you have a three-month trial period, give yourself all of that before deciding the job isn’t for you. In the meantime you can go on looking for something else.
It is often the case that unsettled new employees are performing so well that when they say they are not happy at the end of the trial period, employers will try to relocate them within the firm, or change their work pattern.
Recruitment is an expensive business and it’s often more cost effective to make an employee happy than to just let them go and have to start the recruitment process all over again.
Finding the job that’s exactly right for you won’t be easy. It might take time. It will certainly take a great deal of energy.
However, nothing worthwhile ever comes too easily and when you’ve landed the perfect job, you’ll know it will all have been really worthwhile.
Source: EDP Jobs24 supplement Thursday 1st August 2013