Every month here on Job Journey, we release a Job Spotlight article that breaks down one of the most popular jobs in today’s workforce. Next week, we’re releasing the Job Spotlight eBook, chock-full of information on careers you’re interested in, including compensation, job responsibilities, and more!
In the meantime, we’d like to help you figure out the kind of job you want. What matters to you? Is it the company culture? Your job duties? A certain kind of leadership style? Once you’ve answered those questions, you’ll be able to narrow your search to find the ideal job.
What’s Your Long-Term Goal?
Decide what you ultimately want to do in the future. It’s never too late to start working toward a new dream—however, you need to know the steps required to get there.
If you want to work in a new industry, research the industry online and discover what common career paths look like. Enroll in online or after-hours classes if you can. Develop a good understanding of the job you want.
Find Your Preferred Work Culture
What type of work culture do you thrive in?
A family-oriented work culture is one in which “everybody knows your name,” from accounting to marketing to the CEO. Your boss might see your kid’s school play or organize a fundraiser when your co-worker’s mom is ill. There are periodic company events, like holiday parties or other social gatherings, where everyone gets together just to have fun. The key word here is relationships—people who like each other and work toward a common goal.
In a competitive work culture, the focus is on reaching goals and milestones with an aggressive drive. People go to work to work, to meet or exceed their goals, and make as much profit as possible.
This can mean long hours, and not much time to socialize. It isn’t that people are cold or don’t like each other; they’re just focused on surpassing their competitors and achieving their goals. Nobody is going to ask how you’re doing because it’s assumed you’re doing well, or you wouldn’t be there.
In an innovative work culture, the goal is to keep coming up with new ideas, breaking those ideas, and coming up with even better ones after that. Everyone has their own pet project in addition to their main role, and individual input is valued highly.
There are many different types of work cultures out there—the key is to discover what culture is best for you.
What Kind of Boss Do You Like?
Now it’s time to talk about your boss. What kinds of bosses have you had in the past? Do you prefer someone who keeps you on task and checks in frequently or a more laid-back manager who trusts you to get your job done on your own? Knowing what type of managerial style you thrive under is important when it comes to interviewing. You’ll want to make sure that the company and potential manager is right for you, just as much as determining whether you are right for the company.
The Job Spotlight eBook
Once you know what you want out of a job and the path to achieve that job, it’s time to start a new career. There are jobs available in all sorts of industries. From Professional to Office Services, Skilled Trades to Light Industrial, there’s a career out there for you. The Job Spotlight eBook details some of the most in-demand jobs in each category, so be on the lookout for another Job Journey post next week letting you know it’s available and how to get it!