Time for a new job? How to find the job of your choice

Wish list

You’ve come to the realisation that you’re over your current job! Be it a lack of advancement, unhappiness with the company or simply unmotivated by the work, it’s time to face the reality that continuing in the role is not beneficial for you as well as your employer. Many struggle to get to this point, fearing change and insecurity with the unknown and therefore holding on to something that’s not productive. But having got here, what now?

A lot of people who are looking for a new role or a career change often have difficulty in figuring out what they want for their next role. After all, you don’t want something similar to your current role because you know it’s a matter of time before the work starts to become the familiar demotivating situation you’re currently facing. Here’s a quick exercise that’s worth considering to ensure you have a fair idea about that next step.

Write Your Own Advertisement

Writing your own job advertisement can assist you in clarifying what is most important to you in your next role. This format is not dissimilar to the one employers use to formulate their advertisements.

List your own criteria for the job of your choice:

Mandatory/Essential Criteria:

  • Salary not below $
  • Workplace safety 

Highly Desirable Criteria:

  • Promotion opportunities

Wouldn’t it be nice:

  • Located 15 minutes from home

Knowing and listing these criteria will help you choose and prioritise the roles that you come across in your job search. For many people, focusing on what you truly want is no easy task. It may require a lot of thought and some soul searching. Nonetheless, it’s very important in your career transition, so give it the time it deserves.