One of the toughest parts about getting a job is finding the right job in the first place. With so many job postings, it’s a frustrating and exhausting struggle to find the positions that are truly the best fit.
We understand that sifting through job openings can be a tedious and drawn-out process that often feels like a waste of time. So, how can you feel more efficient in the job search process?
Here’s what you should always consider when looking through job openings:
Obviously, the best job opportunity for you is the one that will make you the most happy. No kidding, right? But this is something so simple that it is often overlooked in the panic mentality of ‘I need a job, NOW.’
Not only will being happy give you a better attitude going into work every day, it will also improve your productivity. According to a study by Warwick University in the United Kingdom, happy workers are believed to be more productive by 12 percent.
Undoubtedly, different perks at work make different people happy. A survey conducted by Virgin Pulse found that 44 percent of employees believe a flexible work schedule is their top priority at a job, while 30 percent of employees thought that free programs and other resources that support their well-being are the most important features in a job.
To keep track of what job qualities will make it a better fit than others, you need to make a good old fashion list. Start with the top five qualities/perks/aspects of a job that are going to make you happy to go to work each day. Once you prioritize the list, compare every position you come across by identifying what qualities you can check off. Be flexible and open, but don’t disregard your list entirely.
There are hundreds of ways to look through job listings online, but the key is finding the best site for the industry that you are interested in — all while ignoring the ‘spam’ jobs. The best way to avoid listings that are either fake or spam is to search job listings using top-rated job searching sites (the Indeed’s of the job search world), or sites that are targeted specifically to your industry.
Most of your larger sites are going to offer free apps for the job search as well (both Monster and CareerBuilder have great options).
Don’t feel limited, however, to just the biggest and self-proclaimed ‘best.’ Identify what works for you. That might be niche, it might be focusing on company career pages directly, and identifying a connection you can network with. The key reminder here — use the sites that work for you!
This is another often overlooked point and a critical mistake to make. Most job listings will include basic but important information such as whether the job is part-time or full-time and a company name. While most job-seekers only pay attention to the companies they know, force yourself to stop and give each company its due diligence.
A great resource for this is Glassdoor’s ‘Look Inside Any Company Tool.’ This unique tool allows you to search any company you are interested in to find valuable, in depth information about them, which can help you decide whether or not the company is right for you, even if you’ve never heard of them.
Of course, social media acts as a great way to understand the company brand as well. Review what they’re sharing, how they engage with customers and social media connections, and what their brand shows about the company culture.
Paying close attention to detail will help you identify if the job you are considering for is right for you, before you ever click apply. Don’t get distracted by position titles alone. Instead, keep your eye on the prize of a long, happy career doing what you love in an environment that’s the best fit for you.
How do you consider the best job search sites and what’s most important in the best fit job for you?