Finding your dream job is a task by itself. It requires the time and effort to apply to be interviewed, then be offered a job even when you’re fully skilled.
It took me about nine months from the time I realized it was the right time to begin looking for a new position until my first day with HubSpot.
Short story short, looking for the perfect job or your ideal career isn’t an easy job. This can prove stressful lengthy, and a challenge. Butdon’t fret because that’s the reason we’ve put together this guide. Follow this guide and the process will be much less daunting regardless of your profession and work experience or your career objectives.
How to find a new job
- Take a look at your persona
- Think about your skills
- Take a moment to reflect on your background
- Brainstorm your career goals
- Make a list of businesses you’d like to work at
- Take a look at companies similar to the ideal you want.
- Network professionally
- Get rid of the accounts on your Facebook and other social networks.
- Make sure you update your LinkedIn profile
- Create your resume
Based on the specific circumstances of your situation, you might not have to go through each step. This checklist is intended to guide you through the first steps of your job search, you are free to change the list as you need to.
1. Think about your character.
Your personality tells your personality like your hobbies as well as what makes you content, and the way you interact with others -and even the kinds of jobs that you’re likely to succeed in. There are numerous ways to integrate your personality features and traits into the job hunt.
Use one of the test of personality online to discover more about your unique characteristics and the kinds of roles that those traits make you the perfect candidate for. This can be helpful when deciding on the type of workplace that you’d be the most productive in.
Your personality can help you find your ideal job in other ways too such as when your results come with specific information about you being introverted, shy and reserved, then you should look into the best jobs for introverts.
2. Think about your skills.
Your set of skills is a record of your skills that include solving problems, making decisions, along with the capability to function under stress. Alongside using your strengths to identify the kind of job you’re capable at, it’s typically you’ll see on your resumetherefore, listing your abilities is an effective exercise to do also.
Also, consider your transferable skills. They are those that are transferable from one position to another, even when they’re not in the same industry. If you’re switching jobs or industries, figuring out what transferable skills you have that could fit into a new role is crucial. Some transferable skills include:
- Management of projects
- Public speaking
- Building relationships
- Analytics and reporting
If you’re in need of more advice to help you succeed, learn more about your own specific ability and what it means in the career you’re a perfect fit for by taking a job aptitude test.
3. Reflect on your surroundings.
Your work experience as well as education level — or experience — could aid you in determining a career path that you’re best to.
For instance, I was a student of journalism at college and then worked for an local news outlet following the completion of my studies. After a few years I made the decision to quit the field. My experience — which was focused on writing and content was what made me the perfect candidate for a post for the blog of HubSpot.
If your experience isn’t in line with your new career goals it’s fine also! But, it may need an additional amount of research from your side on the best way to transition into an entirely new profession. You might need to return to college to complete a master’s program or get a certification of some sort or even work in the entry-level positions in the new field of you are interested in.
4. Brainstorm your career goals.
Think about your career and personal objectives to help you decide the best next step. Think about issues such as work-life balance, pay as well as your objectives for the coming five to 10 years. This will help find the right job -various industries and jobs are subject to a variety of standards in regards to things like flexibility or culture. Also, consider career development.
5. Make a list of your ideal businesses.
If you’re not sure about a specific job make an outline of the companies that you would enjoy working for. This is a great method to track opportunities for the companies that you’re the most attracted to and stay focused.
You can tailor your cover letter, as well as your career highlights and the skills you have in your resume so that they match the needs and expectations of specific jobs in the top companies you’re considering.
6. Think about companies that are that are similar to your dream company.
Take into consideration companies that are similar to the ones you have listed as the top choices Additionally, you should consider companies similar to those on your list. If, for instance, your aim is to be in marketing for Nike think about applying for a similar job in a growing, newer business in the same sector similar to NOBULL.
Being open-minded and open regarding how you’ll achieve your goal (such as working for Nike) it will help you not be confined to one narrow career alternative, while also gaining invaluable experiences throughout the process.
7. Connect professionally.
If you’re hoping to remain in your current job or create a new direction in a different one professional network, it’s essential to be on the right side of. Today, a lot of the job offers that job seekers get are the result of networking.
Networking can help you get your foot in the door at a company of interest, gain a new and valuable reference in the industry, and determine whether or not you really want to move into a specific role.
8. Clean up your social media accounts.
Today, recruiters, hiring teams, and department leaders at virtually every company will take the time to research candidates online, including on social media platforms, prior to determining whether or not they want to request an interview.
This means you’ll want to ensure your social media accounts are private or remove pictures, videos, and/or comments that may lead a hiring manager to believe you aren’t a good fit for outreach. After all, the last thing you’d want is for the hiring manager at your dream company to disregard your experience due to something they find on your Instagram or Facebook profile.
9. Update your LinkedIn profile.
Did you know there are over 800 million LinkedIn users? Included in that impressive number are job seekers, businesses, and recruiters looking to fill positions, as well as people who are content with their current roles.
With all of this exposure, it’s important to make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and accurately represents your current and past experiences. Be sure to describe — in detail — information about your current and past roles, promotions, notable mentions, education, awards, and anything else you feel is worth sharing. Initiate and accept connections to expand your network to receive endorsements for your skills, experiences, and traits.
No matter if you’re in need of a new role, members of your professional network as well as recruiters, hiring managers, and employers will be able to view your LinkedIn profile and reach out to you if they choose. Who knows — maybe you didn’t even realize you were missing out on applying to your dream job.
Learn how to use LinkedIn for professional networking, business, and marketing.
10. Prepare your resume.
Once you’ve narrowed down the type of role you want, be sure that the skills on your resume mirror what companies are asking for and tailor each resume you submit to their specific needs. Focus not only on listing your job duties but the results achieved thanks to your actions. Let’s say you were a call center representative in a previous role. You could say:
“Answered 50+ calls per shift.”
A more effective statement would be:
“Answered 50+ calls per shift, decreasing customer hold times by 30% and improving overall customer satisfaction.”
The second statement has more impact because it details exactly how your actions improved company operations and provided benefits to customers.
Prepare your resume at the beginning of your job search to ensure your latest and most relevant work experience is available to recruiters and hiring managers for review.
Without a strong and recently updated resume, the companies you apply to won’t have reason to take you seriously. Additionally, pay attention to the details when it comes to your resume including font and which skills of yours you choose to share with specific companies — this is how you’re going to make an impactful first impression that sticks with hiring managers as they review the resumes of other applicants.
Note: When in doubt, try updating your resume with a template to achieve a professional look and feel sure to blow hiring managers away.
How to Find a Job You Love
Now that we’ve reviewed which steps to take in the first stages of your job search, you might be wondering how to find a job you’re truly passionate about — one you love. That’s why we’ve compiled this collection of tips and tricks to help you find your dream career.
1. Get specific about what you want.
In order to find your dream career, you’ll need to get very specific about what that looks like. Ask yourself:
- What is my ideal role? Name it if you already have that nailed down.
- Do I prefer a company that is environmentally or socially responsible?
- Is there a particular company, or company size I prefer?
- What are my work/life balance requirements?
- What is my ideal salary?
- What is my ideal career progression?
- Do I already possess the skills I need for this role or do I need to skill up?
Aim high. You are trying to find your dream career, after all. Once you’ve made a list of all the attributes you’re looking for in your next role, you’ll be able to filter out anything that doesn’t fall within those requirements.
2. Use job search sites.
Today, job search sites, or job search engines, are one of the most common ways to find a new position. These sites provide you with valuable information about companies and positions including location, industry, salary, necessary qualifications, culture, and more.
Other benefits to using a job search site include the ability to upload your resume and cover letter for quick and easy application submission. They also provide you with the option to receive an alert when a new opportunity, that fits the criteria you share, becomes available.
There are a number of popular job search sites, used by millions of people around the world, with these capabilities (and more). Here are six of the most common to get you started:
- LinkedIn isn’t just a professional networking site — it’s also a job search site. The platform will take you through a series of steps to help you begin and narrow your job hunt. You can view position openings while employers can read your resume, view your LinkedIn profile, and Connect.
- Tech Ladies is a free job board and supportive online community dedicated to helping women learn, grow, and extend opportunities in the tech industry. Simply upload your resume to their job board and apply directly through the site.
- Glassdoor gives you access to job listings, employee reviews, interview tips, salary information, and more. You can post your resume so hiring managers can contact you directly and the site includes a feature in which you can view interview questions specific companies tend to ask — which is a great interview prep technique.
- Indeed provides you with access to new job listings, company reviews, and accurate salary information. The site also allows you to post your resume so recruiters and employers can easily reach out.
- CareerBuilder gives you the opportunity to search for a new job based on specific criteria including your experience, location, or skill set. Upload your resume so employers can recruit you. The site will also review your profile and recommend jobs to help you find the right match.
- Monster allows you to upload your resume for a free assessment to ensure everything looks perfect. The site has a variety of other res such as opportunities to receive professional interview advice as well as access to the latest — and most popular — job listings, salary information, and company reviews.
- Craigslist is a straightforward and simplistic job search site. Employers post their latest job listings and you can sift through them by location and/or one of the site’s 20+ industry types.
3. Check company websites for openings of interest.
Maybe you heard about an opening at your dream company or an opportunity at a specific business of interest that you want to learn more about. If this is the case, go directly to the website of the given company you’re interested in to review their career opportunities and job descriptions. If they provide a career newsletter that sends new job openings, subscribe to that, too.
Rather than looking for positions that meet more general criteria, this is a great option for those who know they want a specific company’s name on their resume or culture to be a part of.
4. Craft unique cover letters.
Your cover letter accompanies your resume to persuade employers into believing you’re worth their time and consideration so they bring you in for an interview. Your cover letters should describe why you’re a great fit for the position you apply for. And when paired with your resume, a recruiter should understand why you’re qualified for the opportunity.
Save time and use templates to craft your perfect cover letter.
Now, you may be thinking: Not all companies require cover letters.
And that’s true — some companies openly say cover letters are your choice. If this is the case, it’s up to your discretion as to whether or not you want to send one in. (Personally, I always choose to take the time to tell potential employers about the reasons why I am taking their hiring process and a specific opportunity seriously, but that’s just my prerogative.) If you send in a cover letter, ensure it’s concise, well-written, and helps you stand out among other applicants.
5. Prepare for every interview.
Needless to say, nailing your interview is a critical component to receiving a job offer. Although interviews are often high-pressure experiences for job-seekers, thoroughly preparing for them is a great way to relieve some of the stress.
Practice answering interview questions using the STAR method. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Results. The method works by having candidates craft their answers to describe a situation, the required task, their chosen action, and the result of that action, putting their past work experience into context.
To help you prepare, review the following commonly-asked interview questions and consider your responses.
You can also use other res for interview prep like the Search Interview Questions feature on Glassdoor or blogs about the job search process in a specific industry.
6. Determine the most important parts of a position to you and look for them in your search.
What’s important to you in a company and position?
Is it flexibility in terms of work hours?
Do you require the ability to work remotely full or part-time, or do you want to go into an office every day? Refer back to your dream career must-haves list.
Do you care about the size of the team you’ll be on?
Think about these types of questions when determining which opportunities to apply for so you can ensure the company and position are right for you — and vice versa — before spending time on the application.
For example, if a top-rated workplace culture is important to your application process, review the websites of the companies you’re considering to learn about their culture-related initiatives. Take a look at HubSpot to understand what I mean — HubSpot’s unique Culture Code is explained on their career page as well as in many other locations throughout the company website and Blog. This allows applicants to learn about the importance of workplace culture to the company and its employees as well as how it plays a part in the interview and hiring processes.
7. Think about how you’ll manage an offer.
The final part of your hunt for the perfect position is also the most exciting — accepting an offer!
Once you receive a job offer, be sure to get all of the details about the position, including salary, benefits, and expected start date (along with any other important details).
Remember, it’s normal — and often expected — to ask for some time to consider an offer upon receipt so you have the opportunity to think about and review it in detail before officially accepting it. If you ask, a hiring manager may give you a day, two days, or even a full work week to make a decision.
Don’t be afraid to decline an offer if the specific opportunity isn’t the right fit for you. Other offers will come around — be patient and wait for the one that makes you excited.
Also, you may choose to negotiate your starting salary upon receiving your offer. There are professional and realistic ways to negotiate your salary that you can follow to ensure the process goes smoothly.
Lastly, give your current employer two weeks’ notice — this will allow them to begin searching for your replacement if necessary or at least provide them with a cushion in terms of time to make any necessary adjustments.
How to Find a Remote Job
Today, remote work has become increasingly popular. With technology that allows you to collaborate with team members in real-time from anywhere in the world, instant message, and meet via video chat, remote work has become a more common perk offered by businesses across all industries.
Whether you’d like to become a digital nomad, or you’re looking for a position that’s part-time or full-time remote, there’s an option for you. So, let’s take a look at how you can find your dream remote position.
Note: When searching for a remote job, you can follow most of the same steps that you would if you were looking for a non-remote job — as we reviewed above. However, instead of using the job sites we mentioned earlier, you’ll want to use job sites specifically created for posting and identifying remote opportunities.
But before you review those sites, take some time to think about the pros and cons of a remote position.
Pros and Cons of Remote Work
Now, it’s important to remember that depending on your point of view, work style, career goals, and preferences, you may find some of the following points to be under the incorrect column in your eyes — that’s totally fine … it’s all a matter of perspective.
|Pros of Remote Work||Cons of Remote Work|
|Flexible hours||Lack of office space or work-related events to attend with colleagues|
|Ability to work from anywhere||More distractions|
|No commute||Possibility of feeling lonely or unmotivated|
|Increases employee retention and loyalty (by providing this option for employees upon being hired or later in one’s career)||Little work-day structure|
|Increases size of talent pool which is a positive for businesses looking for the best possible candidates||Can make team communication difficult|
Remote Job Search Sites
Now, back to those job search sites specific for remote opportunities we mentioned — here are a few of the most popular options for you to pull from.
Note: If you’re looking for a part-time remote position, you might want to focus on applying for freelance opportunities.
- AngelList is a startup community. The site includes a job finder in which users can search specifically for remote work in the world of startups. There are also a number of articles published on AngelList’s Blog which provide insight into remote work, remote culture, and related opportunities for users to learn from and use for inspiration.
- FlexJobs lists a wide range of flexible (hence their name) opportunities on their site including part and full-time positions that are either partially or completely remote. As a job seeker, you have the support of the company’s trained researchers who work to identify and screen these positions to ensure they’re legitimate and worthwhile (no matter if you are entry-level or an executive).
- WeWorkRemotely offers a wide range of categories and industries for job seekers to browse and learn about remote opportunities. They have a number of res on their site for users to educate themselves with as well as determine which specific type of remote positions would be ideal for their career goals.
Begin Your Job Search
Starting the job search process can be overwhelming at times. So, remember to use job search sites to narrow your search and take advantage of the wide array of res available to job seekers today to help identify the right opportunities for you. Then, prepare for your interviews and remember to be patient — that dream job of yours might just be around the corner.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in February 2019 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.