Step 1: Finding the right job for me

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An important first step of the job search process is knowing what job to look for. Before establishing what job you want, you have to know yourself. We’ve compiled lots of information to assist you in determining your self-concept.

You’ll find the listed topics in the Finding the Right Job For Me Guide (if you’re on your mobile device, you may need to scroll up or down to see the list). Click any of the links to jump directly to that topic, or scroll to explore the whole guide.



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The Importance of Finding Yourself

Do you want to find your dream career? Find yourself first.

The job market is always evolving and so are you!

Take some time out of your busy day to disconnect, get cozy at home or at your favorite coffee shop, and sit down with this helpful guide.

This could be the first step toward the life you’ve always dreamed of. Make sure you know yourself before diving in.  

Having trouble with finding a job that fits you? Let’s take a step back and ask yourself; What kind of worker am I? Do I tend to get my work done ahead of time? Is my work space usually organized? Do I work well in groups or do I prefer flying solo?

If you don’t know what type of worker you are, then how do you know what job fits you best? Since you don’t know yourself entirely, maybe that’s why finding the “job for you” has been so tough.

Knowing your work ethic along with the knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses allows you to find a job that fits properly and feels good. When starting the big and scary job search process, it’s important to make sure you know yourself before you start looking for a job that is perfect for you!

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Self Reflection

Knowing yourself will help you …

     - Ease into the job search process.

     - Narrow your career search.

     - Save time.

     - Explore smarter.

     - And most importantly, gain confidence in yourself!

 Knowing yourself, you are able to get a better grasp of what talents and abilities you are able to bring to the table. This is only the beginning of finding yourself, the process takes years- maybe even your whole life. So why not start early, and learn about what you want now and what you can handle at the moment!

Your Dream Optimal Job may be tough to grasp. Take the short survey on the next page to measure where your preferences fall.

Knowing who you are can help you get a better grasp on what kind of environment you thrive in and what kinds of limits you are able to push yourself to!

 Understanding your identity is your greatest tool in order to decide what’s best for you.

My Optimal job

It’s easy as 1-2-3!

Here’s an exercise some people fund helpful. Think about what the perfect job might look like. Follow these simple steps…

  • Step 1 – My Optimal Job – Place a Red “X” in the position (1-10) that represents the optimal job that’s perfect for you.

  • Step 2 – Acceptable Job – Place a Green “X” in the position (1-10) that represents a job you could tolerate.

  • Step 3 – Share your thoughts with others until you have them refined.

It may be tough to find a job that meets all of your requirements but this exercise shows where your preferences fall in regards to the work environment.  By knowing this information you are closer to realizing what career path fits best.

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Some folks told us that this exercise it difficult to do on their screen. So We created a worksheet.

Click the button below to download it.

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Digging a bit Deeper

If you completed the previous activity then you should know where your preferences lie.  This activity can also help target what field you may want.  This workbook is here to help you realize what you want out of life, along with how your character can best achieve it!

The following pages will have various self assessment quizzes; free and paid for. The tests range from fun Buzzfeed quizzes to the professional Myers-Brigg Test, MBTI.  As you explore you will see that there are an array of test that will tell you more about yourself. So why not try them all?

Before going any further, take some time to think about what you picture your perfect career as.  Doing this will help you have a more concrete vision of what you actually want for your future.  Since you have already done the first activity, you should have a good idea of what criteria you hold yourself to.

Once you have completed the upcoming page, you are ready to start the quizzes.  Remember to apply what you have discovered about yourself in the following sections.

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Plan the Perfect Career

Where do you see yourself in…

 

 5 years?

 

 10 years?

  

 25 years?

 

How do you plan to get there?

Helpful Tools

Don’t know where to start?

Here are some helpful surveys to jump start your search:

Being in college and having enough money to buy groceries can be a struggle at times, so let’s not break the bank when trying to find out who we are! Let’s start off with a free survey:

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16 Personality Types.

Time to Complete: 12 Minutes

Cost: $0

Purpose: What is your personality type? There are 16 personality types in this survey.

https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

With this test you'll be scored and identified by 16 personalities in four different categories. The categories include:

  • Explorers

  • Sentinels   

  • Diplomats

  • Analysis's

From the information you receive, you are able to identify how your personality is categorized.

“What’s your Animal Personality Type”

Time to Complete: 10 Minutes

Cost: $0

Purpose: Find out what your personality type is based off of a fun twist to the Myers- Brigg Test

https://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/whats-your-animal-personality-type?utm_term=.fl5or238d#.cmkG5ZORx

“What Kind of Worker are You?”

Time to Complete: 7 Minutes

Cost: $0

Purpose: See what type of work

environment fits you best!

http://www.playbuzz.com/danieledwardrosen10/which-kind-of-worker-are-you

Helpful Tools Continued…

MBTI Assessment:

https://www.mbtionline.com/TaketheMBTI?gclid=CjwKCAjwwbHWBRBWEiwAMIV7E4oRw51vMvt_3YPDMOO1TNv1N_5yOwf2m_f5FPiyRVU-u1RNU0lnxRoC1I8QAvD_BwE

Time to Complete: About 30 minutes

Cost: $49.95

Purpose: Identifying what type of person you are will help narrow the job search for you.

 Following the grading of…

  • Extroversion (E) or Introversion (I)

  • Sensing (S) or Intuition (N)

  • Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)

  • Judging (J) or Perceiving (P) 

Once you get your results… find out what it means at Personality Perfect:

http://www.personalityperfect.com/16-personality-types/


Holland Code Career Test:

https://www.truity.com/test/holland-code-career-test

Time to Complete: 10 minutes

Cost: $19

Purpose: Measures your interest levels in six occupational areas.


MAPP Career Test:

https://www.assessment.com

Time to Complete: 22 minutes

Cost: Free/$90/$149.95

Purpose: Connect your test results to an actual occupation.

Identifying what type of person you are will help narrow the job search for you. Here are some examples of why:

  • Introvert? Maybe sales isn't for you.

  • Adventurous? Maybe sitting in a cubical all day is a job you should consider staying away from.

  • Empathetic? I would recommend not becoming a Firing Consultant

Take a Break!

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Getting a bit flustered?

Searching for a job can be a tough and strenuous process, you aren’t expected to figure out and understand who you are in just a couple of days.  

But now, you at least have a better idea of who you are and what you enjoy.

So, if you feel like you need to take a break, then go for it.  Maybe you will notice more about yourself as you go about your day. Bookmark this page, so you can get back easily!

Take a break. Watch The Office. Learn a bit about LinkedIn. Relax!

 

REFLECTIONS

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If you took any surveys, what were your results?

Now that you know a bit more about yourself, you are one step closer to finding that perfect job! From your results you should have been able to identify specific personality traits that you can turn into strengths.

Record Your Thoughts Here:

16 Personality Types:

 

Holland Code Career Test:

 

MAAP Career Test: 

 

MBTI Assessment Test:

 
 
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Things I Learned About Myself:

  • Distinguished my strengths vs weaknesses

  • Became aware of my true potential

  • Evolved to be more confident in myself

  • Found out what makes me happy

  • I have a clearer view on what I want in life

  • I recognized where I can improve

  • I found what inspires me

  • Learned how to stop and reflect

  • Distinguished if I am an introvert or an extrovert

  • If I would rather work in a group or alone

  • What my desired salary would be

  • Identified the work atmosphere I fit best

  • Established the company values that I can’t compromise with

 

BREATHE, YOU ARE ALMOST DONE!

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self-swot analysis

Thrive Global tells us that “A SWOT analysis is a tried-and-true method businesses use to identify internal strengths and weaknesses and external opportunities and threats. The assessment is included in any business or marketing plan worth its salt because it provides critical information needed to create a strategic plan for growth.

This important exercise can also be helpful for individuals. Whether you’re looking for a new job or trying to climb the corporate ladder, a personal SWOT analysis can help you achieve your goals. It’s a creative method of self-assessment to help you assess where your career is and where it could go.” …Read More

Try creating a SWOT for yourself. It’s one of the simplest and BEST self-assessment tools available.

Be Honest!

Strengths

 

 

 Weaknesses

 

 

 Opportunities

 

 

 Threats

Did you have any “Aha!” moments as you reviewed your SWOT?

Good Luck with your further exploration!

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We hope that you know a little bit more about yourself than you did before!  You are one of a kind and you should know where your talents lie.  So don’t stop exploring who you are.

 Remember to stay true to what you stand for and don’t alter yourself for a job, when you’ve found the perfect one you’ll know!

 As you continue your journey, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. Life is a beautiful thing and with a clear mind you can accomplish anything!

 To help with your career search look to the ”Career Exploration” workbook for further help.

 Thank you for taking the time to put yourself first. Hope to see you again in our other books!

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authors

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Anthony, Nathanael, Colleen, Kyla, and Sabra

We hope you found this e-book helpful. Feel free to share it with friends.

Good luck with your job search. Please let us know how it goes by sharing your thoughts on social media or connecting with us.

 

References

“16 Personality Types Overview | All Myers Briggs Personality Types.” Overview | All Myers Briggs Personality Types, www.personalityperfect.com/16-personality-types/.Burton, Anne.

“What's Your Animal Personality Type?” BuzzFeed, www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/whats-your-animal-personality-type?utm_term=.fl5or238d#.cmkG5ZORx.

“Free Personality Test.” 16Personalities, www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test.

 “Holland Code Career Test.” Holland Code Career Test , www.truity.com/test/holland-code-career-test.

“Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.” Official Myers Briggs Test & Personality Assessment, https://www.mbtionline.com/TaketheMBTI?gclid=CjwKCAjwwbHWBRBWEiwAMIV7E4oRw51vMvt_3YPDMOO1TNv1N_5yOwf2m_f5FPiyRVU-u1RNU0lnxRoC1I8QAvD_BwE

“Take the MAPP Career Test and Launch Your New Career.” Assessment.com - Home of the MAPP Assessment - Assessment.com, www.assessment.com/.

“What Kind Of Worker Are You?” Playbuzz, 2 June 2017, www.playbuzz.com/danieledwardrosen10/which-kind-of-worker-are-you.