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5 secrets to finding the job you love

Updated: Jan 20, 2018

Despite the naysayers, you can have it all and that includes the job that will make you wake up on Monday morning and be excited.

It's not just enough to have the edge, you now need the whole counter in order to stand out and these 5 secrets will propel you into a better 2018.

“You can create your own job by advertising yourself on free online listings. Why not get potential employers to chase you?.”

1 Decide on exactly what you want and do not sell yourself short

Having a remote thought in your head and keeping it there for yours will do nothing in terms of helping you to go forward. Not knowing what you want will not either. There is something that can be done about both of these issues if this is where you are right now.

If you have an idea of what your next role will look, feel and smell like, then right it down. If you are still mulling things over, then list the reason why you are not satisfied with your current role and this will help. Research other roles in your field. Speak to friends and family about their career and you may find that someone is doing something that you like the sound of.

2 Decide on how much you want it

Are you feeling that if you don't leave your current job in the next month you are going to explode or are you just toying with the idea of dream job? Are you hungry enough. The fact is that if you do not want it very much, you are unlikely to go through all that is necessary to obtain this brand new job.

3 Take yourself on an extensive job search

Your job search should be comprehensive and it's best to leave no stone unturned. Great sources include:

  • Online job boards such as Montster, CW Jobs, City Jobs, Indeed

  • LinkedIn

  • Local Jobcentre Plus (yes the job centre - plenty of professional, high paying jobs listed weekly)

  • Network with friends and family

  • Perform a Google search for your desired role

4 Tailor make your CV and cover letter for each job you are applying for

It is definitely not a one size fits all scenario here. By editing your CV to closely match the job description you are making it clear that you are an ideal candidate for the position because your skills and work history is proof.

By writing a unique cover letter each time, you can relate to the job description and explain any gaps in skills. If there are asking for 10 things in particular and you only have 6 of them, do not let that put you off from applying. If you are applying for a position that you have not done before and you feel that you have transferable skills from previous roles, you can explain this in your cover letter.

5 Prepare extensively for the interview

Research the organisation, read the job description several times and practice answering difficult questions in front of the mirror.

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