The year is halfway through and your goals are changing with it. Or maybe you are shifting into a higher gear for success. This push could be in your career development and direction or most importantly job search. Let’s talk about job search.

Job search is a time and resource consuming exercise. It tends to dig deeper into the remaining limited resources whether time, finances or mental wellbeing. Therefore, you bookmark any jobsites and job boards you come across but has this ever happened to you? You come across a job description that sounds like the job was actually meant for you. You are dead sure that the hiring manager had you in mind while crafting the job description. You take a deep sigh and dive into it. However, once you read more into it, you start to wondering if the job is right fit for you or vice versa. Either way, these doubts and thoughts are totally fine because the truth of the matter is that many jobseekers aren’t sure how to go about figuring out if a job is a good fit for them. So, you’re not alone.

The best way to know if a job is right for you is to get very honest about what you can offer as a candidate for it.

So, how do you figure out whether or not a job is a good fit? Here are some tips.

  1. Understand your natural strengths

Strengths are tasks or actions you can do well. These include knowledge, talents, proficiencies and skills. Your natural strengths are the abilities you have used in your previous workplaces to complete assignments, relate with others and achieve set goals. Therefore, it is important for you to take some time to map out what you’re good at. You could be good at managing projects but do you like working with people? You could be a people’s person but are you good with strategy? Once you figure out what your natural strengths are, you should use them in your job search.

Also remember, a good resume is built upon core strengths and skills and understanding them could be beneficial in your job search. Let’s list your skills.

2. List & understand Your Skills

Now that you’ve identified your natural strengths, the next step is to list the skill sets you already have.

  • List skills that are relevant to your organization or the one you are applying for.
  • Determine the areas of work in your company or the new company you are applying to and list the specific skills associated with each.
  • Do a SWOT analysis to identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for growth.

For example, hard skills are the job-specific skills that are necessary for you to do a job. Examples of these skills include email marketing, handling customer service, project management, and database creation and management. Look at your previous jobs and find out the skills you gained. After that, figure out which ones you like using the most.

Once you know which skills you like using, you’ll be able to focus on searching for jobs that let you use those skills daily. The key lies in knowing which skills they are.

3. Identify companies you admire

Now you know your natural strengths and have listed your hard skill sets. The next step is to list some companies you admire. Do you have companies you admire? Take a moment and think about them.

Knowing which companies you admire and respect will help cut down the number of bad opportunities you run into during the job search. This process is often referred to as “building your interview bucket list’’.  By making an interview bucket list, you’re creating a list of companies to target while doing your job search. This list will eventually help you to identify key opportunities you may want to pursue.

A bucket list also helps you further understand a company’s values, beliefs, company culture, and goals. Once you create this bucket list, you can reference it when looking for job opportunities throughout your entire career.

While the above tips are important to remember in your job search, there are many other factors that come into play when deciding if a job is a good fit for you. To make it simple, find a job that allows you to maximize on your natural strengths and skill set. That way you will be able to maximize you chances of landing the right opportunities.

Once you land yourself an interview, write to us on careerdevelopment@gaprecruitment.co.ke with subject ‘Interview Coaching Tips’. We shall respond with advice on how to prepare and win interviewer to your side. Remember to visit our new website www.gaprecruitment.co.ke for more job opportunities.  Goodluck!

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