When it comes to getting the career you want – all bets are off. It’s not as easy as having a degree, although it helps. The career you genuinely want fills you with passion, and it might not even be in the same industry as what you do now.

And life throws us curve balls all the time; house moves, new babies, and more make it more difficult to find a job that we love. 

So what can you do in your quest for your perfect career? 


Big companies

Make a list of 10 companies you feel you would like to work for. Research the number of employees, the company’s history, and some of their recent positive and negative news. Give yourself an overview of their hiring and firing process, and pay close attention to the reviews from previous employees. These can give you golden nuggets of information that might change how you view some companies. 


Mentors

There are mentors and coaching for everything from lifestyle to career. And they all have a massive range of different experiences. This means there is more than likely a mentor or a coach that will work with your needs. 

ou are looking for a mentor, you will be inundated – take the time to check out all of the profiles and see what fits. 

Be sure to ask a few questions as you narrow down the options. Which companies have the people they worked with, worked within. This will give you an indicator if the mentor has insight into the industry you want to move into. 

Ask if they have published work, and make sure that you read it. 


Resume

It is rare that people read CVs and resumes anymore; instead, they are scanned by automated software, and the keywords are highlighted. If you hit enough of the keywords, the CV will likely hit the desk of the recruiter. 

Each time you find a job spec that sounds interesting to you, carefully tailor your CV to meet what they need. It is important that you aren’t lying but rather highlighting your area of skills that meet their needs. 

When in doubt, look for job titles that are similar to the one you’re thinking about applying for since this is frequently a good alternative as well.


Social Media

Before you apply to work anywhere, look at how their social team treats customers and interacts with other businesses. This can be a good indicator of some of the company culture. It is crucial to keep in mind that the company might have a different tone of voice for customers and staff. 

Make sure that all of your own social media profiles are ready to be seen by any potential employers, and if there is anything you shouldn’t have tweeted or posted, delete it. 


If you run a small business and are hoping to branch out and move into an office, then check out: tips to improve your business’ online presence. It can give potential employers a good idea of your skills.