Looking for your calling? Itching to figure out your purpose? Whether you’re just starting your career, or you’ve been working for several years but haven’t found your groove, putting some thought into your next steps can help you find meaningful work—and a job that makes you happy.
If your inner voice is urging you to look for a new opportunity, these 3 top tips are sure to get you moving:
The first step in figuring out what job is right for you is taking a hard look at your skills, personality, and experience.
- Test your skills. Different jobs are going to require different skills. Make a separate list of hard skills, things like typing speed, welding ability, or Microsoft Office expertise, and soft skills, like empathy, time management, and leadership. Generally speaking, hard skills are learned through experience or training and soft skills are inborn traits that can be developed with practice.
- Consider your interests. Doing something you enjoy and find engaging will ultimately lead to more job satisfaction. Brainstorm a list of your interests. Don’t hold back—think about what you would do if you could do anything, even if it isn’t necessarily practical. Looking for inspiration? Consider using an online career assessment tool such as the Strong Interest Inventory to point you in the right direction.
- Review your experience. Do you have education, experience, or certifications in any of your areas of interest? If you’ve been employed in the past, ask yourself what you enjoyed most about your work. If there was something you particularly enjoyed about the organization or your supervisor’s management style, add that to your list, too.
Use your interests, skills, and experience as a jumping-off point to research career paths that align with your personality and abilities. Tap into your network to get more information about specific jobs and career paths. Consider friends, exploring sources such as:
- Friends and family
- Social media
- Job fairs and professional events
Talk to a PrideStaff Recruiter
Your local PrideStaff recruiter is familiar with a wide range of industries and can connect you with leading employers looking for hardworking job seekers like you. Finding a new direction is easier when you have an expert in your corner, helping you pinpoint your job skills, polish your resume, and prepare for interviews. We’re happy to help you explore options until you find a great fit for you.
Want to achieve your goals and find success in a field that matters to you? Let us help! Contact your local PrideStaff office today.