How to Decide What Job to Look For

You’re stuck in a rut? Maybe you need a total life overhaul – have you thought about that? Think about where you are in life. Are you happy? No? Well what can you do to immediately change that? You can change the people you surround yourself with, you can get a new hobby, you can join a gym – there are plenty of things you can do. But, let’s say you do any or all of those things and, well, you still feel that rut. Maybe it’s time you take a look at your job and really ask yourself if it is making you happy. If it isn’t maybe it’s not fulfilling enough or it doesn’t pay well enough or you don’t like your boss – whatever it may be.

If you’ve come to that conclusion, great – now you know where to start. But now you need to decide what sort of job to look for.

How to Decide What Job to Look For

So you’ve decided that your current job is robbing you of your life blood and, luckily, that is something you can change. Now it’s time to dig into where to look and how to decide what job to look for.

Ask yourself – what are your goals with this new job? Will it just be a filler job so you can get over some debt? If so, you may not have to look too far for a job. However, if you’re looking for a new career, that is a whole other conversation.

If you’re looking to change careers, really ask yourself, “What do I enjoy doing?” If you’re currently a sous chef but you love animals, maybe you need to look into going back to school to follow your passion for taking care of animals. Maybe you’re a convenience store clerk but have always wanted to join the FBI. Well, you have an idea of what needs to be done. You just need to take the next step – putting these thoughts into action.

If you want a career that you’re not super qualified for right now, you’ll need to look into options such as; going back to school, looking into apprenticeships, and volunteering with various organizations. Such activities will not only be getting you some top-notch experience, but they’ll also be great additions to your resume, leading you to the top of the pile when employers are reviewing job applicants.

You have an idea of what is making you unhappy in life? If it’s your job, you need to figure out how to decide what job to look for. Once you have an idea of approach, that’ll put you in motion for a totally new – and exciting – career.

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Job Search: the Dos and Don’ts

In search for a new job? What you do doesn’t count much, but the way you do it…

Job searching can be a frustrating venture – whether you’re an experienced in job searching or completely new to the job world. So, what’s the key to succeed in job seeking? Knowing where, and how, to look effectively.

Below, we have compiled a list of Dos and Don’ts in your job search. Take a look:


  1. Use the filters – Most job sites will offer filtering options that allow users to tailor search results to their specific requirements. Alongside searching for your preferred job title and location, you should also make use of job type, salary, and suitability tools, to provide you with the most personalized results.
  2. Set up daily alerts – Never see your job search as a one day task. Although it might seem more convenient to just dedicate a few hours to your applications – this definitely isn’t the most effective method. You’ll limit yourself to a smaller number of vacancies, and won’t be able to see new roles as they come up. So, search as frequently as possible, and use daily email alerts to ensure you don’t miss out.
  3. Think outside the box – Using the job title to search is fine as a starting point, but it never hurts to try different ways of saying the same thing – i.e. alternate phrasing/wording. Use keyword searching to pinpoint roles looking for specific skills, responsibilities or qualifications, and you’ll end up with a much more suitable set of results.
  4. Make sure your preferred sectors are accurate – Whether it’s that you’re not 100% sure on your ideal job title, or you just want to be found by recruiters from outside your favored industry, taking the time to edit your sector preferences should never be overlooked. What’s more, as many jobs span different sectors, pigeonholing yourself into one area might just be limiting your results – regardless of your overall suitability.
  5. Start being specific – If you’re getting too many irrelevant results, it could be that your search is just not specific enough. Instead of wading through a large list to find the ones you want, consider narrowing your search. Sometimes a slight adjustment to simple things like location, or adding in a few extra keywords (see: Boolean searching) can make a big difference to what’s available.

Honorable mentions: Be discreet, search by most recent, network, do your research, follow up after you apply.


  1. Apply for every job you see – Rushed job applications are unlikely to impress any hiring manager, so sending out as many as you can (as quickly as you can) could mean that you miss out on the job you actually want. If you don’t take the time to gain a thorough idea of what each role entails, you might end up applying for unsuitable positions – which is only wasting your time, as well as the hiring manager’s.
  2. Forget to complete your profile – Having a full and comprehensive profile will avoid the danger of underselling yourself, or not providing enough information to validate a recruiter’s consideration. An unfinished profile is only likely to indicate a lack of effort to prospective employers, and just means you’ll miss out on another way to leave them with a good impression.
  3. Tell everyone about it – Although venting your job search frustrations on social media or to your colleagues can seem like a great way to let off steam, it’s unlikely to ever end well. Not only will potential employers be able to view your online profiles, your current one will too, so don’t give them a reason to doubt your professionalism. Bottom line – whether it’s good or bad news, always keep your job search on the down low.
  4. Expect an instant reply – Remember: the recruitment process takes time. If you spend a week job searching and are wondering why you haven’t heard back from anyone yet, don’t panic. Responses can take up to six weeks to come through and in some instances, even longer. Stay motivated and patient, and most importantly, don’t let a long response time leave you despondent.
  5. Have your profile hidden – Sometimes your CV or profile can be hidden on a job site without you even realising it. Unless you have a good reason for not making it visible to recruiters, it’s always best to leave this box un-ticked in your profile’s privacy settings. Then, you’ll get the most coverage possible, and won’t risk missing out on your perfect opportunity.

Honourable mentions: Have a negative approach, be afraid to ask for help, use an inappropriate email address (see: [email protected]), give up.

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