How to Find the Right Job Based on My Skills

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If you are searching for a new career, it’s important to choose the right job based on your unique skills and abilities. Choosing a career is akin to choosing a pair of shoes. If the fit is wrong, you will end up uncomfortable and unhappy in general. It’s important to choose the right career that is in line with your skills, interests and range of knowledge so that you can be a success. Here are some ways to find the right job based upon your skills.

Finding a Job

  • Decide exactly what your skills are and what you do well. A good way to choose the right job is to evaluate what skills you currently possess and what skills you hope to learn in the near future. This can be accomplished by making a list of all the things you are proficient with, the activities that you enjoy and how well the two match up with current occupational types. You can generally identify some possible careers by reviewing the Occupational Outlook Handbook offered by the United States Department of Labor (www.bls.gov).

  • Find out what employers are looking for in job candidates. By doing some research on regional companies, including learning about the major types of industries and common job openings, you can generally determine the skill sets required to perform some of the jobs that interest you the most. Once this information is revealed, you can then search for job openings within the industries that fall in line with skills you already possess. This may require a certain level of compromise, but will assist you with earning a job faster.

  • Create a career plan for obtaining meaningful employment. This often involves creating a resume that highlights the skills for the particular job roles that you are focusing on. For example, you may be at an entry level as far as your skills, so you will need to determine what jobs exist that are at the entry level skill set. If you have advanced skills, then you will need to focus on jobs within the industry you have chosen and bring attention to the skills you have that match with more advanced job requirements.

  • Consider a transfer to a different role rather than a complete job change. If you are currently employed and unhappy with the work that you do, chances are you are in a career that is not the best match for your skills. While you could start completely over with a different career, it’s often better to evaluate the skills that you currently use daily to determine if there is an alternate career that would use these same skills. Mid-life career changers often choose to transfer to a new department or take a new job within a related occupation, rather than start the entire process over again.

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