“What do you want to be when you grow up?” “What do you want to do with your life?” “Why are you here?” Questions like these help us shape our identities and give us a general sense of direction. And while you aren’t defined by the career path you choose, a job that matches your skills and values can help you find purpose, fulfillment, and happiness. Whether you’re new to the job market or looking for a fresh start, here are some tips that will help you find your way.
4 Steps To Take
Inventory Your Interests
When picking a career to pursue, a lot of people try to figure out what jobs pay best. Unfortunately, this is like trying to build a pyramid by starting with a capstone and building upwards. Instead, start by thinking about your interests and what you do in your spare time. Wouldn’t it be great to find a career that lets you do what you love? It’s possible! Let that idea be the foundation for your job search.
Assess Your Skills
After you’ve spent some time thinking about what you like to do, consider what you do best. What are your gifts, talents, and skills? Are you an artist? Are you a champion organizer? Do you get compliments on your cooking? Everyone has something (and usually several things) that they do well. These skills could be especially suited to certain professions.
One more thing: As you’re thinking about the skills you have, think also about what skills you’ve always wanted to acquire. Learning how to do something well and then putting those skills to work – literally – can be incredibly empowering.
Identify Industries That Interest You
Remember that question about what you want to do when you grow up? It’s not just a question to ask of children. What industries have always fascinated you? Would you like to get on the cutting edge of computer technology? What about the medical field? Perhaps you’d like to make and repair cars in the automotive industry. Identifying trades that appeal to you is an important step in narrowing your job-search focus.
Write Your Personal Mission Statement
Once you’ve taken the steps listed above, you should have a clearer picture of the course you’d like to plot in your career. Now, write it down. Whether you want to give back to your community by becoming a nurse, or you want to use your carpentry skills in a job that takes you to different places every day, a mission statement is a fantastic way to crystallize what you want in a career. If you decide to work with a recruiter or a job search service, a mission statement will help shorten the time it takes to find a job that’s a perfect fit for you.
Mega Force is Here for You
Speaking of job-search resources, Mega Force can help you find the right career opportunity and market yourself more effectively. Start by filling out our online application, and once we have an opening that matches your skills and experience, we will contact you to schedule an appointment for our pre-employment process. We’ll help you prepare for your interview and, once you’re hired, we’ll help you get oriented at your new job. Let’s get started!