National Careers Week: 6 Expert Tips to Land Your Perfect Job

The UK’s unemployment rate is currently at a 48-year low of 3.7%, with over 1 million job vacancies waiting to be filled across various sectors [ONS]. There’s no better time to refine your CV and embark on the job search. However, securing the perfect role that aligns with your aspirations and skills can still feel overwhelming.

Dr George Sik, Chartered Psychologist and Director of Assessment at eras, shares his expert insights to guide you toward landing your dream job during National Careers Week.

“Finding the right job, whether you’re a recent graduate or advancing your career, can be daunting. It’s essential to consider various factors to ensure your next role is the perfect one for you. Shockingly, nearly 90% of UK workers report feeling unhappy at work, with over half expressing dissatisfaction with their roles. Prioritising job satisfaction can significantly impact your well-being, leading to increased happiness, motivation, and reduced stress levels.”

Know What You Want: “One of the most important things when you are looking for the perfect job, is to know exactly what you are looking for. Start by listing your hobbies and skills, then align your career choice with them. This clarity makes it easier to find a job that fulfills all your needs and requirements.”

Compare Current & Previous Jobs: “Reflecting on your current and past roles can help you identify non-negotiables for your next job. Understanding what works and what doesn’t is a great way to find the perfect fit. This insight enables you to pinpoint what you’re looking for and what to avoid in your next role.”

Decide On The Industry: “Choosing the right industry is an integral step in finding your ideal job. Before starting your job search, it’s essential to determine the industry you want to pursue. This clarity makes it much easier to pinpoint the perfect role for you. Creating a list of top companies within your chosen industry helps you target your job search effectively, ensuring you find exactly what you’re looking for.”

Take A Career Test: “Take an aptitude test to assess both your skills and ability to succeed in specific activities, while a personality questionnaire will help you better understand your preferences and interests. From these, you can generate ideas for roles that align with both your desires and abilities.”

Reach Out To Companies: “If there are particular companies you aspire to work for, it’s always worth reaching out to them. Even if they’re not currently advertising any openings, expressing your interest signals that you’re actively seeking opportunities. This proactive approach positions you favourably for any future job openings they may have.”

Constantly Apply: “Applying for more job roles increases the chance of finding your dream role. Sometimes, you may discover that a role is perfect for you only after going through the interview process and learning more about the company and its culture. The more interviews and experience you have, the better your chances are of finding your perfect role.”