Analyse your skills
If you are finding it difficult to hone in on some potential roles or industries, first consider your skills.
Look hard at your skills, particularly those acquired outside work. What do you do well? What would you say you’re proud of your ability in? Ensure you have plenty of up-to-date evidence of any skills development such as courses taken or events attended, as well as any voluntary activities you’ve done.
And remember, these don’t just have to be hard skills such as technical knowledge or management skills, they can be soft skills such as great communication, excellent organisation and teamwork.
Work out your motivations and dealbreakers
Sometimes we can be so swept up in the idea of landing a job that we forget to focus on what we actually want. A job isn’t just about working hard, it’s about enjoying what you’re doing, learning and experiencing new things – even if you’re just after a casual gig. Remember that while this may not be your job for life, it could be a great stepping stone into your future career.
To help you work out what’s best for you, start by creating a list of things you enjoy and that motivate you. What environment do you thrive in? Do you feel most happy when you’re collaborating with others in a team, or do you feel better focusing independently? Do you enjoy helping customers, or are you motivated by reaching targets and goals?
It’s equally important to also consider what you don’t enjoy so much. What are your dealbreakers? Do you hate commuting? Does working late nights drain you? Do you dislike rigid work hours?
With these in mind, you can narrow your search down to jobs that fit these criteria, and become closer to finding a role that’s perfect for you.