Job application success series – Job hunting

  February 20, 2017

Searching for the perfect job can quite frankly be a minefield of frustration and disappointment is you don't approach it in the right way. At Happy Work we want to help graduates and students succeed in their careers and put all that studying and hard work to good use. In our new blog series we explore some of the key aspects of successfully applying for jobs, and offer some advice on avoiding common pitfalls and mistakes. We'll look at CV writing, doing your research when you get offered an interview, and finally how to shine in interview. But first up we explore the actual job hunt stage.

Job hunting – how to get it right

As you may have noticed in some of our other articles, we are very passionate about people finding the right job for them, and the fact is that much of this comes down to actually locating suitable jobs in the first place. After all there's no point having a stunning CV and excelling in the interview if you're doing all this for a job you're not really bothered about. So approaching the job hunt in a sensible fashion is the first step to success. So what does that look like? Well the first thing to consider is what you want from your job. At this stage don't think about the actual types of job you think you want or specific job roles. Why? Because there are so many different jobs out there that whittling it down to just a few is going to restrict you a lot, and because you're (probably) never actually done any of the jobs you're thinking about, you don't actually know what you will enjoy.

But what you do know is who you are and what motivates you. So like we say, forget thinking about actual job roles right now, instead consider questions like: do you want a job with a lot of variety or something more consistent? Do you want a job directly related to your degree or are you more flexible? Is money an important factor? If so how important is it – are you willing to take on a job that sounds boring for more money? How far are you willing to travel? Are you looking for a job with good progression options and a place where learning is actively encouraged? Do you want to work for a 'big brand' or are you more worried about working somewhere with similar values and ethics to you? Do you want a job where you have to interact with other people a lot (whether that's colleagues or customers) or do you prefer to work on your own predominantly? Are you logical, creative or a mix of both?

There's so much more that you can ask yourself, but these are the real questions you need to consider, because the answer to them will really help whittle down your job hunt, while at the same time opening up new opportunities. This is because you won't just be applying to anything and everything in order to get a job, but you will be open to roles you may not have previously considered, because they meet your personal criteria. Decide on what is most important to you, and then stick to this while you hunt for a job and you can't really go wrong.