Tips on Finding the Right Job for You
Overview of job searching.
Job searching is by no means an easy feat. It requires a lot of time and energy which can leave someone feeling drained. There are so many paths to choose from in approaching a job search and no one size fits all. However, we can certainly make the journey more fruitful if we apply a structured to get to the end of goal.
What to look for in an organisation when you search for a job.
The all-important question is, “What are the important factors for me when finding a job?” We can categorise these factors according to these basic needs.
- Location. Not necessarily the distance or area but the comfort level of where you are working at and if you can truly be productive in your work environment.
- Relationship. Your relationships with your colleagues are also a basic need you can take into factor during your job search. By evaluating your working style, you allow yourself to set boundaries.
- Values. You need to look at the type of organisation you want to work for and evaluate if they align with the values you believe in and consider important at work such as hierarchy structure, sustainable development goals, and work-life balance, among others. Working for a meat packing industry would seem to be out of the question for a vegetarian, as an example.
- Growing Needs. This is an additional value on top of our basic needs and it could largely influence both advancement in your career and willingness to stay with the company long-term. Mental health issues have been an existing workplace concern, but have proven to have doubled during this pandemic period. Employees have been experiencing burnouts as they try to cope with the “new normal” in the workplace while also maintaining productivity. With majority of employees still working from home, it also became rather challenging to draw the line between work hours and after-office hours where work is supposed to stop. This has been creating an unhealthy work-life balance that could be detrimental both to productivity and mental health in the long run. It is important to know if the organization you are eyeing recognises the importance of a healthy work-life balance and respects the time employees need to have outside of work.
- Opportunities. Learning opportunities provided within an organisation is also a growing need. Whether you want to pursue a personal ambition or further your career by taking up a course, you can look to see if your organisation supports the various programs and initiatives that are heavily subsidised by the government.
Go through Job Descriptions and research on company and role.
A very helpful tip is to use your experience in the search for a job. What were some things that interested or irked you in your past roles? Vet through the job descriptions carefully to look out for these tasks and duties that excited or put you off. It pays to do your research!
One example of an exercise you can tackle is to identify your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Why not use the SWOT method on yourself? It acts as a pros and cons list to further examine if a company or role are a good fit for you. You can then look at how to improve your chances at securing a job by focusing on your strengths and devising ways in which you can add value to the organisation.
Zero in on industries that spark your interest. You can then do a job search by selecting the desired industry such as manufacturing or hospitality and further filter down by sector, whether it be engineering or finance roles.
What is your worth? Remember not to short-change yourself and negotiate a salary that you see fit. Of course we need to be realistic and have a rough guide based on the years of experience skillset, as well as last drawn amount. Theses factors may drastically interchange in that you might take on a new role in a totally different industry or sector which would then command a much lower salary if you’re starting from the bottom.
Asking the right questions during your job interview.
It is common knowledge now that interviewees should also ask questions during an interview. The questions can pertain to the role, personal development, performance, colleagues, organisation, culture, or the next steps to the process of hiring.
Here are 5 questions that can steer you onto the right path:
- One of the most basic and often asked question is what a day on the job would look like. This will give you a rough idea on how you can formulate a work plan prior to starting the new role and allow you to break up your tasks and manage your expectations.
- It is always good to see what training programmes and incentives organisations have to further your career and personal development. This helps to create a well-rounded individual and work on areas you may lack either professionally or personally such as an UI/UX or leadership course.
- An important way to gauge where the organisation is headed is to ask! They might be privy to information that is not published or tell you what is scheduled to roll out in the coming year. If they are serious about hiring you, they will want to be loud and proud about their accomplishments. This will also give you a sense of direction if what they have to offer in the future piques your interest or is something that you will feel will be beneficial for your personal and professional growth.
- The most curious piece of conversation for you can be your colleagues. Who are they and what are they like? This will give you direct access to your team members and a sense of the demographic or if you will be the right fit.
- The next steps are crucial as it will lay out the timeline in terms of when to expect that call back, or if they will at all. They might set up several more interviews with colleagues and hiring managers or this might be the end of the road for you. Listen to their response and you will ultimately be able to gauge how transparent or interested they are in you as a candidate. Always keep a positive mindset as you might be surprised at the outcome and stay polite even if it is not what you want to hear. Never burn any bridges with a bad attitude.
To round it all off, we hope these tips and tricks help you secure Jobs in Singapore in this ever-changing climate. Good luck and stay professional!