What I have learnt about the Job Search Process

Updating your CV and applying for jobs, not to mention interviewing and starting new employment can be daunting experiences regardless of how many times you have done it before. Here are 5 tips from my experience for you to consider:

IKIGAI

Ikigai is a Japanese concept, that translates to ‘A reason for Being’ and it helps in finding your path to fulfillment. It looks a bit like this:

Considering what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs and what you can get paid for are essential to working out your passion, mission, vocation and profession. It is a life-long process and so trusting in the timing of your life is also another tip to help you on your way. Your first role after graduating may or may not provide satisfaction in all four areas so be prepared to think long term but know you are working to reach your potential.

Keep enjoying your Hobbies

It is so easy for studying and career to become all-consuming and take over every waking minute, especially considering the last year with working from home blurring boundaries further. Not only is it an interesting subject of conversation at interview, it is also scientifically proven that if your hobby is exercise, then movement changes the way you think and feel in a positive direction (see Caroline Williams recent article in New Scientist 22 May 2021). If your hobbies are creative, then see tip number 1 for keeping passion and creativity in your life.

Connect with Community

Being part of a community has been proven to have a positive effect on mental health and well-being. When job hunting also consider that your potential is the sum of your skills, knowledge and experience along with your IQ/EQ and PQ (intelligence, emotional intelligence and positive intelligence or resilience) along with your social networks: keep nurturing your networks.

Have a Growth Mindset

Arm yourself with knowledge and learning. Approach this opportunity with curiosity. Research CV writing tips relevant for your industry, interview tips for the type of interview you have coming up. Listen to feedback and learn from it. I mean I’m not wanting to teach Grandma to suck eggs here as the definition of science is literally ‘knowledge attained through study or practice’ and if you’re going to work in the scientific industries, you’ll be pretty au fait with this.

Believe in Yourself

You have come this far; you can do it. I believe in you. You should too.

 

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Author Lisa Chatterjee

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