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Best Tips For Finding A Job That’s Right For You

Many parts of the U.S. have been slowly reopening to help boost the economy following weeks of business closures and travel restrictions. Meanwhile, some people look at it as the right time to seek job opportunities. 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of people to stay at home. That also led to record unemployment and significant financial loss across industries.

However, it is still possible to find the job you want or take on a new path heading to a more fulfilling career. But before you go online and look for vacancies, you should first check these exercises to better understand your goals and the job that is right for you.

Understand Your Current Situation and Needs

You should first focus on knowing your context and understanding your needs. Ask questions about your role in the family, the situation with your current employer, your salary and even your age. 

This way you would understand if you need a job that supports either your physical, mental or financial well-being.

“To figure out how you want to or need to adapt, start by defining your context and work on building a plan that either regains or sustains your personal stability,” Amelia Kruse, a certified professional coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), said in an article posted on mindbodygreen.

Understand Yourself More

After looking around you, focus on your core drivers and values, character strengths, personality traits and your belief system. Understanding these internal factors may help you further understand what job would actually be most satisfying. 

Kruse recommended taking online assessments, like the VIA Survey for your character strengths and the Enneagram Test for your personality traits. You may also invite a friend or a family member or a professional to help you reach some conclusions. 

Look For Your Happy Place

For this exercise, you have to return to your external environment. But focus on the factors that either support you and negatively affect your stability, confidence and growth. 

“An environment isn't just about physical space but also has aspects of time and energy,” Kruse said. “Ask yourself questions like what are the aspects of the environments I like to be in? Do they need to be visually stimulating? Are they fast-paced? Are they time-pressured, high energy, and noisy, or do they tend to be calmer, more quiet, and relaxed?”

Find The Right People

Now that you understand yourself, look at the people and activities that you want to surround yourself at work. See the activities and people you want to engage and interact with.

Kruse suggested that you look for those who would inspire and help you grow. You should also identify the actual tasks you want to be engaged in day-in, day-out and make you feel most alive, boost your energy and give you purpose.

“Workplace culture is highly influential on a person's happiness and success, so it is paramount to know the kinds of cultures that you are more likely to grow and be successful in,” she said.

Take Action

This final exercise is where you begin to look for roles in the industries that interest you. You can also talk to your friends and colleagues to locate the area where your dream job is or to know if you have to create it for yourself. 

Employment and COVID-19 The Department of Labor reported in May 2020 that more than 41 millions of Americans filed for unemployment insurance in the U.S. since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pixabay

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