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6 Questions to Ask Yourself in Your Job Hunt

Job hunting can be a stressful process. It can be tempting to send out mass email applications, but are the jobs that you are applying for truly what you see yourself doing in the long-term? Job hunting requires much strategic planning and reflection on your own skills and interests. Before you start applying for jobs, it would be great to sit down and set your expectations of your desired career, and set expectations for yourself. Here are 6 questions to ask yourself in your job hunt. 

Am I suited for certain kinds of jobs?

It’s easy to get carried away by the glitz and glamour of what a job can bring; high annual pay, great employee benefits, attractive bonus packages, and the job being in the industry that is a popular choice among peers, among other reasons. While these can be in your consideration, it is also important to go back to the fundamental question: “AM I SUITED FOR THE JOB?”. This can be answered through evaluating your strengths and weaknesses. Taking time to understand your skillset and shortcomings can be so beneficial. Look back and identify experiences and projects that showcase your capabilities. 

You can also recount your experiences at school, your previous company, or during your internships and identify the tasks that you fell short in. As you recount on them, identify the areas where you struggled to perform well in and the kind of job that requires you to perform in these areas. From there, you can filter out the jobs that might not be suited for you. Collate a list of jobs that fall under your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll be able to focus on searching for jobs that fall under your strengths, and narrow down the kind of jobs that you will apply for. Knowing what you are suited for creates more detailed job targeting and frees up more time for you to prepare for your interviews.

 Have I Upgraded my Personal Branding?

Before you start applying for jobs, make sure that your resume and professional profile on LinkedIn have all been updated with your latest jobs and work experiences. Remember to tailor your resume and cover letter accordingly to the jobs that you apply for. A good cover letter showcases knowledge about the company that you are applying for, and provides reasons as to why you are applying for a job in the company. It also shows that you have dedicated time researching the company. 

On your LinkedIn account, a professional headshot can also enhance your personal branding. Some companies look up your LinkedIn account upon receiving your resume, so be prepared to leave them with a good and lasting impression of you. As you prepare for interviews, remember to dress appropriately when you meet your potential future co-workers. Wearing formal attire is always appropriate when you go for interviews. 

What is the desired work environment that I want?

It’s important to be practical and consider the location of your workplace. If you live far away and take hours to reach the office, you may want to consider the office hours as well and if it’s convenient for you to travel back and forth. Are there modes of public transport available for you? Are working hours flexible? Do you work better in a team or remotely? These are some questions that you can ask yourself further in your job hunt.  

What is the salary that I want?

Deciding on your desired salary can be tricky. It is tempting to settle on the given salary when you are offered a job. While difficult, it is important to evaluate carefully the kind of salary you want, even before you go for an interview. Take a moment to evaluate what you desire in your next job, the career progression opportunities, the employment benefits involved, and the working culture etc., if you rank these in order of priority, you can also make better decisions when the time comes to negotiate salary. As you take all these into consideration in your job hunt, remember to constantly find reasons to justify your desired salary. 

How can I find out more?

You have seen the job and read the scope of work required. If you are keen on applying for this position, go a step further and try to understand the company even more. A good way to find out more is to research on their company website, social media platforms, and read any news articles on them. Understand the kind of products and services that they offer, their portfolio and see how they differentiate themselves from their competitors. Reading up on competitor companies can also give you an idea of what the industry will be like. These can help to build on your background knowledge of the company, which you can share during the interview. This also shows that you have come prepared and are genuinely interested in the job position. 

Additionally, going for networking events with people can help you understand the industry landscape better. Talking to the professionals helps you to widen your horizons and give more context and perspective to the roles that you are applying for. Read up on the latest trends and happenings within the industry if you also come across any news that might build onto your knowledge. 

Have I planned my schedule carefully for interviews?

A job hunt can be less anxiety-inducing if you have thought things through. Before applying for more jobs, remember to also pace yourself and make time for preparing for interviews. It can be tiring and stressful if you are called up for an interview when you are busy preparing for more within the same week. As you prepare for the week, consider the amount of time you need to do your research, rehearse for the interview, while juggling your existing commitments if you have any. 

A little preparation goes a long way. If you are feeling lost in the midst of finding a suitable career, you can fall back on these questions to reshape perspectives. 

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