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How Can You Tell If a Job is Right For You?

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When you’re looking for a new role, you’ll have to go through the process of searching job postings, reading the descriptions, and then deciding whether or not the job is for you.

How do you assess these job postings? What are you looking for? Keep reading to learn more about some of the things you should be thinking of.
 

What is the job like?

Review the list of responsibilities for this role. Today, some companies are including an estimate of how much of your time will be taken up by different tasks. For example, the job post might include that 20% of your time will be spent on administrative duties. For positions where a time estimate isn’t included, it’s likely that the first few tasks listed will take up more of your time.

Remember that short job descriptions may have left out a few smaller tasks, while longer job descriptions might include a few things that you won’t need to do very often.

After going through the tasks this job will involve, ask yourself: are these things you’ll enjoy doing?
 

Do you have the qualifications?

Next, look at the requirements that the company has specified. Typically, this section will lay out what kind of education and experience is needed for the role. If you’re missing a couple of things that are on this list, you may be discouraged, but don’t be! Usually employers will put together the qualifications section based on the perfect candidate. Guess what? Nobody’s perfect!

Many employers will accept a combination of education, training, and experience that add up to the equivalent of the requirement. You can generally apply to jobs that you meet 80% of the criteria for. Just remember to respect when companies include terms like “required” or “minimum”.

After this section, ask yourself: does the job fit your skill set? Do you have skills from past experiences that would be transferable to this role?

 

Would you fit in at this company?

One of the most important things to consider when you’re going through a job posting is whether or not this company is a fit for you. Evaluate things like their culture, values, and purpose. Look through their company website and read the “About Us” page as well as the “Careers” page.

You can also go look at reviews of the company on Glassdoor and check in with any connections you know who may already work at the company. Regardless of the tasks you’ll have to do at a job or what the qualifications are, at the end of the day, you have to like and care about the company and the people you’re working with!

Looking at the company, ask yourself: Do their values align with yours? Does this seem like a place you’ll be able to come to work at every day?
 

By looking out for these things, you’ll be able to gain a better idea of whether or not a job is a fit for you. Good luck with your job search! Click here to start searching through jobs on BCjobs.ca and find your next dream job.

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