There are many ways you can get a job. Online postings, networking, recruiting firms, handy connections and luck are common tactics, but the main question really is: how to get the right job?
In order to find this elusive right job one must ask themselves certain questions. What do you really want? Consider salary, location, work-life balance, international exposure and potential for career advancement. In addition, one must take time to know oneself. This includes an honest evaluation of your interests, capabilities, weaknesses and motivation level.
Do your research. Find companies that fit you. Dig deep into workplace culture, meet with current employees and decide how and where you can make contributions. The process of landing the right job may be long and frustrating. From the first phone call to signing of the contract ranges from days to months. Don’t get discouraged.
Persist. Make connections. Make more connections.
In the end, my career was found through previous work connections, early engagement, flexibility and heavy negotiation. The perfect job was offered to me on a platter of international travel, great colleagues and great benefits. Fight for the job that inspires you and you will eventually be rewarded.
Andrew Lee is a former Economist at BHP Billiton and management consultant at Deloitte Consulting. He is interested in economics, corporate finance and strategy. For consulting opportunities, please connect him via LinkedIn.