Being clear from the outset about not only the type of role you want, but also the responsibilities and work environment that most appeal will save you time in your job hunt and get you the best result.

Ultimately, most people are looking for a job that will make them happy and that they will want to stick with for some time. So, to find the job that is the right fit for you, you’ll need to do some self-reflection. 

As an initial exercise, identify what your career aspirations and financial goals are in the long-term. Then work backwards from that point flagging the roles or experience you'll need to get there. A helpful approach can be to identify role models whose career path you would like to mirror.  

Then, you need to flip the focus to what you want from a job right now; look at how it can fit into your lifestyle, offer challenges so that you grow as a person and also help you achieve those ultimate dreams. To decide what type of job would suit you best, try asking yourself these questions: 

  • In what environment would you like to work? Would you prefer to work in an office, a workshop or outside in the fresh air? 
  • How would you like to work? Do you want to work as a contractor, part time or as a full-time professional? 
  • What type of organisation would you like to work for - a small to medium sized business that is in growth or expansion phase, or a larger organisation with a strong brand and well developed products, services, processes, procedures and policies.
  • How important is location to you - do you want to be close to home, in the CBD or are you willing to commute?
  • What industry do you want to work in - mining and resources, aviation industry or a new sector that is poised to thrive?
  • What job title/ role would you want to apply for?
  • Do you want to be a team player, a manager or work independently? 

Knowing what you want out of a job will save you time applying for unsuitable roles, and enable you to tell your future employer or recruitment consultant exactly what type of jobs they should connect you with.

Assess your situation - do you have the necessary skills/experience?

Sometimes, once you have gone through the process of working out exactly what you want, you may discover that your current experience and skill-set don't align with your career goals. If your skills do not match the role, don't be disheartened ¬ with time and perseverance you can still get where you want to be. Conduct an audit of the skills you have and think critically about your strengths and weaknesses. From here, research a similar role online or speak to a recruitment consultant in order to identify where your skill gaps lie.

If you are currently employed in a role, make the most of any available training opportunities, ask to share knowledge with your peers and get involved in projects across business divisions. You should also speak to your manager about any areas where they think your performance or skills could be improved upon. 

If you aren't currently employed, this isn't a disadvantage, as there's plenty of external opportunities to up skill. Depending on how you prefer to learn, consider:

  • enrolling in a training course 
  • learning online
  • volunteering to gain experience 
  • signing up for a traineeship/internship
  • finding a career mentor in the industry
  • shadowing someone in your desired role
  • reading and absorbing as much information as you can

A Randstad recruitment specialist can assist you in your job hunt and connect you with a role that's right for you.  You can also gain further career advice from Randstad’s Career Hub.