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TIPS FOR KNOWING IF A JOB IS RIGHT FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE STARTING OUT IN YOUR CAREER

Starting out in your career can both be an exciting and daunting time, particularly for first time job seekers who are eager to land a job in an industry they’re passionate in.

But, finding the “perfect” job isn’t the easiest thing to do and there is no fail-safe checklist to ensure if a job is right for you. In fact, you might often find out a job isn’t quite right for you, once you have started – or if you were like me when I took my first job, I knew after one day that it was not the right role for me (a bit hasty, but my view never changed).

I took the first graduate position offered to me.  It was a research role with a finance association, but it was the wrong culture, the wrong role and the wrong company. I stayed until I found a new position 6 months later and was part of a graduate program. Clearly, I didn’t do my due diligence because I simply had no idea what to ask. 

If you’re currently eyeing a potential job, but can’t tell if it’s the right one for you, we’ve listed some tips that will help you make the decision and minimise the risk. You won’t eliminate them all, but at least it is a start.

DO YOUR OWN DUE DILIGENCE:
Run a Google search of your own to find out about the organisation. Is this a reputable company? 
For many job seekers, an organisation’s culture can play a large role in whether or not they’d want to work for the organisation. This kind of information can also be helpful during the interview process if you do decide to apply for the role – interviewers like to know that you’ve done your research!

HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE JOB DESCRIPTION:
Think about things such as:
Is the organisation clear about what they want from the applicant? 
Is there a position description to detail what you will be doing? 
What are there expectations? 
Having a better understanding of these aspects will help you to better prepare your application to suit the advertisement by highlighting skills and characteristics that fulfil any expectations.

ASK QUESTIONS:
During a job interview, you can be the interviewer as much as the interviewee!
Remember that while a prospective employer wants to see if you’ll be a good fit for the role and company, you also want to know if it will be a good fit for you too.
At the interview, don’t be afraid to ask questions such as:
How would you describe the culture?
What is staff retention like?
Is professional development encouraged? 
Why do they (the hiring managers) like working with the group?

BE SELF AWARE:
Take a moment to ask yourself things like:
Why are you excited about this role?
Is it the industry and type of company you want to work in?
Is it the type of role that engages you?
Can you see yourself working for the individuals who are interviewing you?
Will there be the opportunity to progress within the role and company?
Answer these and you will gain a better sense of whether this is the right role for you.

Knowing if a job if right for you doesn’t just give you the chance to have a fulfilling career, but can also make the job application process itself a little less stressful.
Be prepared to take risks, but try and enjoy the process and GOOD LUCK!!

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