I understand as well as anyone the importance of landing a job to pay the bills. Any job will do, right? Well, if you’re looking to turn this position into the start of your career the answer to that is a big fat no. Maybe you’re not exactly sure what you should be doing, or even what you want to do. But I’m here to tell you why “just any” job is not the answer, and how to find what’s right for you.
In times like these where jobs are harder to come by, picking up any position might seem like the best course of action – but if you can be picky, do it. Taking a position in which you are not well suited not only means you have to work harder to excel, but it also that the employer is not getting all that they should from the position. It’s like trying to jam two puzzle pieces together when they don’t fit. It leads to a problem, no matter how you look at it. And if you’re trying to grow within a field that doesn’t align with what you are naturally good at, you’ll find roadblock after roadblock after roadblock, and nobody wants to be frustrated with their work for their entire career.
If you’re not sure what you want to do, you need to first do a little research on yourself. Though you might think you’re good at everything (and hell, maybe you are), you are probably better suited for some positions rather than others. And if you’re like most people, you ultimately want to end up doing something you’re good at. If you’re not exactly sure what you’d be best doing, or you have a perception of your skill set that might be different from reality, take a personality test like the Jung Typology Test or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment (and for the sake of all that is good, be honest). Tests like these help to determine who you are, your strengths and weaknesses. By dissecting the results of these tests you can decide what type of work is best for you.
When looking for your next position it’s important that you stick to your guns, not only will you be a better fit as an employee, but you will also be much happier with your career choice. Once you’ve determined exactly what it is you want to do, do yourself a favor and create a video resume. Video resumes help highlight your soft skills, and will elevate your chances of landing a position that is truly right for you.