Finding a job that suits you will let you work in a position you love which in return, will increase your chances of long-term career success and satisfaction.

1. Determine what is important to you in an employer

Before you start looking for a new job, it is useful to make a listwith the most important conditions that your ideal employer meets. What do you most need in a new job? More flexibility? Personal growth? More responsibility? Is it important for a company or organization to be socially involved? Based on this list, you can select the employers that best suit your personal preferences.

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1. Be specific on your CV

When writing your CV, you need to be specific in order to catch the employer’s interest. However, to be specific, you really need to know what you are looking for.  Think about your hard and soft skills, your personality, and your motivations that help you thrive in your professional life.

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2. Your personality and skills

Your job should be compatible with your attitude and personality. Are you a good listener or do you have an analytical mind? What are your key strengths, and where do you still need to develop? If the job fit your personality you, the work will be more interesting and stimulating over the course of your time in the company.

3. Salary and conditions

Of course, salary is not everything but it is still very important. After all, you should expect fair compensation for the skills and experience you bring to the company. If you have already applied for a position, make sure the company policies align with the conditions that are important to you, such as holiday allowance or flexible working.

4. Company profile and culture

For a job to fit you, the organisation’s values should also align with your beliefs. The company’s website usually provides detailed information about their mission and key values. During the interview, ask about whether you’re expected to work on your own or in a team, and think about which answer you like best. You could also read the company’s corporate social responsibility pages, or, if you don’t find them, ask in the interview what the company does to integrate itself in the local community.

5. Career progression

As mentioned above, a key indicator of job satisfaction is the opportunity for growth. Ensure the job has clear prospects for career development. You can do this for instance, by asking if the employer provides a professional training and development program.

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