How to Find a New Job

If you can fit into a box or have strategic connections on your network it can be smooth sailing, otherwise finding a new job can become a draining and emotionally challenging endeavour.

Recruiters don't take any chances and always prefer to go for someone who has done the same job in a different company for at least a couple of years, that means you would be stuck doing the same job for life. Hello?! 21st century?!!

There's a tech-savvy generation who is able to build a business and secure profitable partnerships by manoeuvring social media.

It's not uncommon to find really good advice from someone in their 20s, who's traveling the world after mastering YouTube and/or Instagram, and is able to lead a financially sustainable lifestyle outside the 9 to 5 routine.

Pioneering companies, such as American Express, are offering flexible working not only in terms of hours but also location, employers can log in and work from anywhere with a wifi connection, not necessarily the office.

And let's not forget the advocates of the side hustle, where you have a job that pays the bills at the end of the month, while working on your personal dream during your spare time. Many entrepreneurs have emerged after being able to pull it off, particularly women.

Considering we spend most of our time working, our quality of life as an everyday experience, is highly dependent on what we do. Academic studies may or may not determine what we end up doing, so how to find a new job?

Unfortunately there's no magical formula, but I can share some advice based on my job hunting experience. This personality test does give you a clue not only to who you are, but also to what career avenues could be more appropriate to your character and give you a sense of fulfilment.

Apparently I'm a protagonist, a "natural-born leader" and I do connect with the strengths and weaknesses identified, and have actually done some of the suggested jobs.

If you need some practical career advice, I recommend Lynda Rainier, a career strategist who offers guidance on a wide range of topics on her YouTube channel. In terms of job interview preparation, my personal favourite is this one:

It really doesn't matter which way you go, the crucial point is to know yourself, not only your strengths and weaknesses but also your limits. Be inspired by those at the top of their game in your field of choice, and prepare to the best of your ability.

Hard work and perseverance are needed all along the way. Good luck!

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