Finding a job that’s the right fit
FINDING A JOB THAT’S THE RIGHT FIT
by Josh Johnston, Founder of Lifelong Group
It only takes a quick peek at JobFlex’s job listing to see the amazing number of roles that are out there. It’s all a little overwhelming. So, how do you wade through the astounding number of organisations, industries and specialities to not just find a job – but more importantly, find the right job for you. The job that you can fall in love with. The place you can feel like you can make a difference. This is no easy feat, but here a few hints that might point you in the right direction.
What do you want your job to say about you.
Our career goes a long way to forming our personal identity. What we spend our working lives doing says something about who we are and what we value. If there is a conflict in what you believe and what the organisation you work for does then this can be an area of real pain. Luckily, as pro-active jobseekers we can avoid this pitfall by plotting out what we feel is important. Think about the brands and organisations you naturally connect with. What do they say about you and what you value? Having a clear idea of what you value means you know exactly what to look out for when you are on the hunt.
Where did all the time go?
You know those situations when you’re super involved with a task. You’re focused and you’re producing awesome results. Then you look at the clock and just like that, hours have passed. Psychologists call this idea Flow (1) and it’s a great place to be. It often comes about when you are really engaged with what you are doing and you’re performing well. To help you hunt down your ‘Flow moments’ sit down for a moment and plot out the last few scenarios where time disappeared. What were you doing? Where were you? Then, consider what patterns you see in your list as you look over the few situations you have listed. Are there specific situations or tasks can quickly put you in this state? Having an idea of what tasks or concepts move you to a state of Flow can be a great thing to consider when wading through the job posts. Finding that junction of passion and talent is like finding a GPS to the perfect job.
How’s your driving?
Back in the 80s a study was done on a group of US students (2). They were to asked consider their driving skills and then rank themselves. The outcome was pretty staggering. 93% of the students surveyed ranked themselves as ‘better than average’. To put it another way – 93% thought they were in the top 50% of drivers. The math doesn’t really add up, huh! What’s at play here is what’s known as the ‘Dunning-Kruger effect’. When we’re not so good at something, we tend to over-estimate our skills. This can have an interesting effect when we are looking for the right role for us. We may inadvertently gloss over the prefect role because we believe it might be a little underneath us. It’s important to note that this isn’t arrogance at play here. This is a bias that we all share. So it pays for us to recognise this bias and not let this mental shortcut rob us of what could be a really great opportunity. Discuss with a previous workmates or bosses your level of skill in different areas. It might be confronting at first, but knowing where your strengths truly lie (and inversely where you need to develop) is a huge asset for a potential employee. Looking for a job that you can get excited about can be a difficult task but the rewards are evident when you find somewhere you can fall in love with.
Have you just landed your dream job? Got some tips to help others find their diamond in the rough? Comment below and share your experiences with others!
Josh Johnston is the Founder of Lifelong Group. Lifelong offer online audio classes that are designed to help support small changes so people can find more happiness, fulfillment and success in what they do. You can download the Introduction Class for Lifelong Online for free on their website www.growlifelong.com and follow them on Facebook for more tips on growing happy.
1 Csíkszentmihályi, Mihály (1996), Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention
2 Svenson, O. (February 1981). “Are we all less risky and more skillful than our fellow drivers?”. Acta Psychologica 47(2): 143–148