How to be extra sure you're not going to hate your new job

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When applying for jobs you have to remember that it’s not only about whether you are right for the job, but whether the job is right for you. To be happy you have to find an entry-level or graduate position that suits you, your skill set and your personality. 

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when trying to match a job to your skill set:  

  • What are the duties and responsibilities of the job?
  • What skills and qualities are required? 
  • Is there anything I need to learn?
  • Do I have most of what the job ad is asking for?
Use examples to prove you are the best candidate

Often employers and recruiters want to hear about specific situations that required your skills to solve a problem. This is a great way to give employers insight into your abilities and to prove that you are the best candidate for the job. If you don’t have any skills related to the job, perhaps it’s not a good match for you.

Work experience will count in your favour

In general, companies tend to pay more attention to candidates with work experience than those without. Try to get an internship in the field you would like to work in or apply for a part-time job that will help you develop valuable skills such time management, communication skills, the ability to work within a team etc.  Having work experience, any work experience, is better than not having any at all.

Be realistic about your career choice

Sometimes it may seem like it’s impossible to get into the field you want to. You may have studied all the right things and have the needed skills, but the industry might be too competitive to get into. In this instance, look at other ways you can do something similar. Find a job closely related to the industry you’d like to work in, that’s easier to find, for example, if you’d like to work in the marketing industry, try to get a job in sales.