Let’s talk about how to find your perfect role for a minute. Not just any role. If you’re not picky, you can find a shed-load of jobs with a couple of clicks of your mouse. But if you’re looking for a role that fulfils you instead of just being a stop-gap, the process is a little more strategic. But let’s get things straight. Strategic doesn’t necessarily mean difficult. In this post, I am breaking down the process to find your perfect role into 3 simple and easy to follow steps.
1. To find your perfect role, you have to know what it looks like
Say what? You’d think this would be obvious, but it goes a little deeper than the surface level stuff you might be thinking of. Sure, you know what type of role you’re looking for. Perhaps you know what industry you’ll find your perfect role in. Maybe you know what the salary is that will satisfy your needs… and that’s about where it usually ends.
But here’s the thing. There’s more to your dream job than just the role type and money. If you are seriously trying to find your perfect role, then you’ll be looking for a position that meets a few extra requirements. You’ll want to be feeling fulfilled by the work you do and the opportunities your role provides. You will want to ensure that the position and organisation are aligned with your purpose, vision and values. Perhaps you’ll need to consider whether the role offers you adequate flexibility and work life balance.
All in all, it pays to think about these things before you start just flicking your resume left, right and centre. If you’re struggling in this area, you might want to consider signing up for my free 7-day email course, The Career Clarity Quest.
2. Think outside the square when it comes to job title
I know it’s easy to get hooked on job title. But as times are changing, organisations are becoming far more fluid and there is less need to pigeon yourself into a particular role type. If you’re in marketing, you might be familiar with the battle of CMO vs CTO. If you’re in human resources, the grey area might be between human resources functions, or even the argument about where the payroll function should sit – HR or finance?
The key here is to loosen your expectation about job title and in some cases even industry. By thinking a little more broadly, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to really find your perfect role, even if it’s a little bit outside the square.
I know this can be difficult, so my biggest tip here is to focus on the types of work tasks you enjoy completing and the outcomes you are great at producing. By doing this, you open yourself up to a whole new world of flexibility when it comes to your next gig. This mentality is also great when you’re thinking about a career change, because it means that you’re focused on your transferable skills and how they could be utilised in different situations, rather than on a specific position title.
Stop! Read these tips and find your perfect role in 3 simple steps!
Develop a strategy that doesn’t rely on online job boards
I have talked about the hidden job marketbefore on this blog. In fact, I have talked about it quite a bit. But I just want to reiterate here, that if you’re relying on the chance you’ll find your perfect role on an online job board, then you might be disappointed.
The future of job seeking is far more proactive than reactive. The most successful job-seekers aren’t the ones who are just sitting around, playing the waiting game. They are the ones who are developing a clear strategy and then chasing their dream positions persistently.
Now, a good job search strategy looks different for every single person. There isn’t really a one-size-fits-all approach. But some of the things you might consider are building connections, conducting informational interviews, networking online and in person, working with recruiters or executive search companies, and approaching companies directly. And if you are going to be sending introductory letters or approaching businesses in a different way, you should be tailoring your personal statement or letter of applicationto suit the organisation you’re approaching, rather than utilising a blanket introduction.
This might all see like hard work, and it is. But you know what they say. No pain, no gain. If you really want to find your perfect role, you have to be willing to do the hard yards when it counts.
So, what do you think?
Are you willing to take a little extra time to lay the foundations before you try to find your perfect role? I promise you, my clients achieve far better results when they do. If these tips help, please let me know. And if there’s anything I can do to help you find your perfect role, please get in touch.