In the search for a job, many individuals become so caught up in the process that they often forget one of the most important steps in a search: Finding a job that fits their lifestyle.
According to U.S. News & World Report, hiring expert William Tate says job seekers need to "energize their search for a job" by knowing what they want in a career, then making the moves to go out and get it. Paying homage to Shakespeare, Tate said that during the search for a job, "to thine own self be true."
"It's so important to be true to yourself and loyal to your own interests," he said, adding that if you know what it is you are looking for, you will be better able to express your interests, goals and unique talents. By doing so, you can see how your individual skills can fit in with an employer's needs, ultimately making the job search more successful.
"Engage in a self-skill assessment. [Take] the time to go through all of your work-related abilities and talents and ascertain the level of skill and talent you have," he said. "Determine how motivated you are to use each of these abilities and skills. Match your findings against what would make you happy and fulfilled every day in a career."
In addition to knowing what you want, you also must know what kind of employer can give that to you. Even though many jobs have overlapping skills, all organizations are different, and this uniqueness could mean pursuing a career with one company over another. For example, Tate says, if you have strong writing skills, does a fast-paced and deadline-oriented setting like journalism appeal to you, or would you be more inclined to work in public relations?
Understanding the culture of a company you hope to work for is also crucial during a job search, the media outlet stated. When looking at potential organizations, it will be important to ask yourself a few simple questions, Tate says.
"Do your future peers hang out at a local coffee bar or restaurant? Go there and make friends and learn about the company first hand at a casual social gathering," he suggested. By doing this, you may be able to make a contact with the company, which can lead to references or the all-mighty introduction to more people in the organization.
Finding a job is a full-time job in itself, Tate says, and idle time can greatly lower prospects. Tate suggests networking "on steroids," and to move well beyond responding to online job postings and classifieds, perhaps even identifying the hiring manager of an attractive company and making contact. Take advantage of things like Google, which allow you to learn ample amounts of information about people, which can allow you to join groups or organizations target contacts belong to.
Finally, it can be beneficial to go for a "trial run" with a company, Tate told the news source. While employers want to be sure you are a good fit for them, it is equally important that you enjoy your surroundings. In some instances, suggesting that the company hire you as a paid consultant for 90 days may help with this decision.
When looking for a job, be sure to understand what it is you want, as this can greatly affect the search process.