When you go hunting for a job, there is some ground work you need to do rather than directly apply for each job you find on the web.
CLARIFY YOUR TARGET
First of all, you need to sit down, grab a paper and write down some thoughts on :
ASSESS YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
If you want to know your strengths, try to come up with a matrix that links what you are good at with what you enjoy doing. You can also think about what your friends come to you for when seeking advice, or what you enjoyed writing about in university or in the course of your career. Don’t just say you are good at marketing - rather try to find out the qualities that make you good at marketing. When it comes to your weaknesses, if you have any doubt, then just ask your colleagues or other people around you. As for the things you don’t like to do, they are easy for you to spot - just the thought of you doing them will give you a headache. And you will be spared the trouble of applying for positions you would not fit into.
SET YOUR GOALS
After defining your strengths and weaknesses you can think about your financial goals and try to link them with your strengths and weaknesses. You should avoid being dreamy and rather be realistic as to how much money you can make with what you can offer.
USING YOUR NETWORK
When this is done, you are ready to start hunting for the job of your dreams. Make sure you concentrate your efforts on networking and discussions with the people around you, rather than just consult job boards. Indeed, although the latter can give you an idea of what is available on the jobs market, today, most jobs are being filled through connections and networking.
This contribution is based on a more exhaustive Harvard Business Review article entitled "How to Get the Right Job".
Contributor: Yazan Chachati