Career Quiz: Choose Your Focus Areas Before Starting Job Search

Not everyone born (or maybe I should say graduate) knowing what to do as living in their life. And not everyone move another country with full of experience in their dream job. So if you are like me, you will probably have a career crisis in the early months of your job search.

If you do not know how to manage this phase of your life, then you probably will end applying all jobs, having a lot of stress and ending up a ridiculous job that you will say yourself “what will I thinking by accepting this job” at the end. So we should prevent that, right?

The key is having a plan before starting job search.

I also didn’t know where to start, I felt overwhelmed because I looked almost every job ad and I always applied every ad that I liked or I had some sort of relatable experience! And even the easiest application cost you some time, when you add up you will end with a totally stressful day/week/month.

Therefore, I prepare this quiz – both for myself and you, who want to find a job but does not know where to start. I have to accept it looks like kind of a Cosmopolitan quiz of “which is your perfect husband” but the aim is making you think on certain questions and helping to find answers.

At the end I have some suggestions about your road map, but I am NOT gonna give you exact jobs/professions you should apply (how can I, every day there are dozens of new types of jobs – for instance, do you know there is a job named “Growth Hacker”) The main idea is just using your time wisely to have a successful job hunt process.

Here is the Career Quiz:

Answer the questions and at the end find your red-written-number. I’ve come up 20 different types (yes, I am a little bit obsessed with the whole career building thing). Then find your number below and there it is- your suggestion. Hope these suggestions will bring you a light at the end!

P.S. Also as you can see, I wrote the quiz on paper, took a photo and uploaded it- it’s a really really sad way of doing it in this century, I know. I hope you can read it easily. I couldn’t find a tool/app to make these kinds (Cosmopolitan type) of quizzes, and I know I have a software engineer in the house, but having them in the house does not solve your computer problems most of the time- because their job is “just writing complex codes that no one understands”. So until I find some tool for this quiz, unfortunately you have to do it this way (I am also open for your suggestions!)

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Number 1 – You are the lucky one; you have the experience and the dream job. However, your job may or may not be popular in another country, or you may need specific certificate/diploma for your profession or any other major problem may occur. So while continuing to search your dream job in Sweden, as Plan B you can find some “side-professions”. Think about the tasks you like in your dream job and find two other professions you can use them- those will be your side-professions that you will look in the ads. I suggest give 80% of your energy to search your current profession, and 20% of your energy to look for “side-profession” jobs – which I mean, don’t spend too much time looking for those ads (just set an job alert ) and don’t spend too much time while applying. For instance, have some template cover letters and use them all the time.

Number 2 – You have valuable work experience and you do not care much about finding your dream job. So to increase your options, you should find some other ways to use your current experience. Think about tasks you have in your job and in which other professions you can have these tasks – find two other professions and these will be your side-professions. Since you have the required experience in your current job, just prepare a good cover letter and resume for this one and spend the rest of your energy on preparing yourself for side-professions. You should really prove you are valuable in these jobs also, so you need excellent cover letters and you should meet key people. So I suggest spend 50% of your time to your current profession and 50% for side professions.

Number 3 – You are willing to start over your career and you know what is your dream job – so go for it! – However, the world does not all the time give what we want, so we need to have a Plan B. As Plan B, continue to look for your current profession but do not consume too much time. And since you will start over your career in a different profession, use most of your time to improve yourself – such as attending certificate programs, having internships or part-time/voluntary jobs in that profession etc. I suggest spend 70% of your time for preparing yourself for your new profession and 30% of your time to keep an eye on your current profession-applying a few jobs and doing few interviews maybe- to keep your options open in the worst case scenario.

Number 4– You are willing to start over but not know your dream job. Actually, unemployment is the best time to find it out. While working, you may want to find what you love to do but generally you do not have time 😦 So, this unemployment is a gift for you! Take your time, do not rush yourself to find a job (if you need money, get some temporary jobs only) and discover what you really want to do. There are many sources in the internet how to discover yourself, your dream job but I also suggest the book “What color is your parachute”- it really helped me and I am not fond of personal development books actually. So after you find out what you want to do, then use 70% of time to improve yourself in that area- such as attend certificate programs, have internships or part-time/voluntary jobs in that profession etc and prepare some really good cover letters and resumes- prove your future employers that you are worth a shot! And 30% of your time to keep an eye on your current profession-applying a few jobs and doing few interviews maybe- to keep your options open in the worst case scenario. But at first spend 100% of your energy to find out your dream job and only then make that 70%-30% distribution.

Number 5 – You have experience in a job that you do not love- and you do not want to start over your career in an entry level position. But there is still some Plan B for you! Think the most likeable tasks you have in your profession and find out which other professions you can use these skills. Find two different professions and these will be your side-professions. Since you have the required experience in your current job, just prepare a good cover letter and resume for this one and spend the rest of your energy on preparing yourself with side-professions. You should really prove you are valuable in these jobs also, so you need excellent cover letters and you should meet key people. So I suggest spend 50% of your time to your current profession and 50% for side professions.

Number 6 – You look like you found your dream job but before gaining important experience you had to move. So you should pursue your search in this area but you might not be lucky – therefore, you should have some Plan B. Think about what two other professions can you do (you may think about something related your degree, internships or just what you like to do). So you should split your time 50/50. You should prove yourself both in your current profession since your experience is not too much and also in the other ones since you have no experience. You should prepare really good cover letters and resumes, meet people who can be helpful. So actually it is lots of work so you should take your time, do not rush – otherwise you will become overwhelmed and may end up a job you regret.

Number 7 – You have short experience in the profession you like, so actually you can get a head in entry level positions. As you know most of the entry level positions require some kind of experience-it’s really nonsense- but you have the advantage in this nonsense situation 😉 So spend your energy to write really good cover letters and resume, also meet new people- make some “networking”- and prepare yourself for the possible interviews.

Number 8 – You have little experience in the jobs that you do not like – so you need to start over your career and luckily this unemployment gave you this chance while it is still early! If you do not know what to do, then first spend all your energy to find out. Search internet, read some books and discover your dream job. I suggest the book “What color is your parachute”- it really helped me and I am not fond of personal development books actually. After finding it, use your 80% of time preparing for this profession – good cover letters/resume, meeting new people, preparing yourself for interviews. Use the remaining 20% to keep an eye on the jobs that you have little experience. Your experience may give you a head start in entry level positions in these professions and in the worst case scenario you may need those jobs. So do not focus too much but also do not forget them totally.

Number 9 – You are the lucky one; you have the experience and the dream job. However, your job may or may not be popular in another country, or you may need specific certificate/diploma for your profession or any other major problem may occur. So while continuing to search your dream job in Sweden, as Plan B you can find some “side-professions”. These side profession can be your other job experiences – if you like them. Your experience may give you a head start in entry level positions in these professions. Or it can be any other profession. Think about the tasks you like in your dream job and find out which other professions you can use them. Decide two professions in addition to your dream job. I suggest give 80% of your energy to search your current profession, and 20% of your energy to look for “side-profession” jobs – which I mean, don’t spend too much time looking for those ads (just set an job alert ) and don’t spend too much time while applying. For instance, have some template cover letters and use them all the time.

Number 10 – You are the lucky one; you have the experience and the dream job. Also you see your job as money supplier, so you can look at more options in the job market. Since your job may or may not be popular in your new country, or you may need specific certificate/diploma for your profession or any other major problem may occur. So while continuing to search your dream job in Sweden, as Plan B you can look for some “side-professions”. These side profession are your other job experiences since you like them also. Your experience may give you a head start in entry level positions in these professions. Decide two professions in addition to your dream job. Since you have the required experience in your current job, just prepare a good cover letter and resume for this one and spend the rest of your energy on preparing yourself for side-professions. You should really prove you are valuable in these jobs also, so you need excellent cover letters and you should meet key people. I suggest spend 50% of your time to your current profession and 50% for side professions.

Number 11 – You are the lucky one; you have the experience and the dream job. Also you see your job as money supplier, so you can look at more options in the job market. Since your job may or may not be popular in your new country, or you may need specific certificate/diploma for your profession or any other major problem may occur. So while continuing to search your dream job in Sweden, as Plan B you can look for some “side-professions”. Think about the tasks you like in your dream job and find out which other professions you can use them. Or you might think about something related your degree, internships or just what you like to do. Decide two professions in addition to your dream job. Since you have the required experience in your current job, just prepare a good cover letter and resume for this one and spend the rest of your energy on preparing yourself for side-professions. You should really prove you are valuable in these jobs also, so you need excellent cover letters and you should meet key people. I suggest spend 50% of your time to your current profession and 50% for side professions.

Number 12 – You are willing to start over and actually, unemployment is the best time to do it. While working, you may want to find what you love to do but generally you do not have time 😦 So, this unemployment is a gift for you! If you know what is your dream job, that’s good. If you don’t, take your time, do not rush yourself to find a job (if you need money, get some temporary jobs only) and discover what you really want to do. There are many sources in the internet how to discover yourself, your dream job but I also suggest the book “What color is your parachute”- it really helped me and I am not fond of personal development books actually. So after you find out what you want to do, then use 70% of time to improve yourself in that area- such as attend certificate programs, have internships or part-time/voluntary jobs in that profession etc and prepare some really good cover letters and resumes- prove your future employers that you are worth a shot! And 30% of your time to keep an eye on your current profession. Since you have the required experience in your current job, just prepare a good cover letter and resume for this one and apply a few really good jobs- you have the experience and so you are prepared the interviews to personal branding and sell your experience.

Number 13 – You have experience in a job that you do not love- and you do not want to start over your career in an entry level position. But there is still some Plan B for you! Use your other profession and think about how to brand this to certain jobs. Or think the most likeable tasks you have in your profession and find out which other professions you can use these skills.Find two different professions and these will be your side-professions. Since you have the required experience in your current job, just prepare a good cover letter and resume for this one and spend the rest of your energy on preparing yourself with side-professions. You should really prove you are valuable in these side-professions also, so you need excellent cover letters and you should meet key people. I suggest spend 50% of your time to your current profession and 50% for side professions.

Number 14 – You are the lucky one; you have the experience and the dream job. However, your job may or may not be popular in another country, or you may need specific certificate/diploma for your profession or any other major problem may occur. So while continuing to search your dream job in Sweden, as Plan B you can use your other profession/s if you like them. I suggest give 80% of your energy to search your current profession, and 20% of your energy to look for your other professions – which I mean, don’t spend too much time looking for those ads (just set an job alert ) and don’t spend too much time while applying. For instance, have some template cover letters and use them all the time.

Number 15  – You are the lucky one; you have the experience and the dream job. Also you see your job as money supplier, so you can look at more options in the job market. Since your dream job may or may not be popular in your new country, or you may need specific certificate/diploma for your profession or any other major problem may occur, you can look for some “side-professions” as Plan B while continuing to search your dream job in Sweden. These side profession are your other job experiences. Decide at most two professions in addition to your dream job. Since you have the required experience just prepare a good cover letter and resume for each and spend the rest of your energy on preparing yourself for meeting new key people and exercising interviews. I suggest spend 50% of your time to your dream job and 50% for your other experiences.

Number 16 – You did not find your dream job yet, but you still have quite enough experience in the jobs you like (or just OK). So in Sweden, you should use that experience because sometimes it is just enough to like your job (or not to hate it) since you have plenty of time for your personal life. If this is the case, use your strenghts and give your 60% of energy to find jobs you have experiences, to prepare yourself for the interviews and to meet key people who can get you a job. Also use 40% of your time to find out your dream job- and that will be your plan B. Think about what two other professions you can do (you may think about something related your degree, internships or just what you like to do). Or take some time to discover what you really want to do. There are many sources in the internet how to discover yourself, your dream job but I also suggest the book “What color is your parachute”- it really helped me and I am not fond of personal development books actually.

Number 17 – You have some valuable experiences until now but no one is your dream job. Good news is unemployment is the best time to find out your dream job. While working, you may want to find what you love to do but generally you do not have time 😦 So, this unemployment is a gift for you! Take your time, do not rush yourself to find a job (if you need money, get some temporary jobs only) and discover what you really want to do. There are many sources in the internet how to discover yourself, your dream job but I also suggest the book “What color is your parachute”- it really helped me and I am not fond of personal development books actually. So after you find out what you want to do, then use 70% of time to improve yourself in that area- such as attend certificate programs, have internships or part-time/voluntary jobs in that profession etc and prepare some really good cover letters and resumes- prove your future employers that you are worth a shot! And 30% of your time to keep an eye on your former experiences which you have some value add- just apply a few jobs and doing few interviews maybe to keep your options open in the worst case scenario. But at first spend 100% of your energy to find out your dream job and only then make that 70%-30% distribution.

Number 18 – You should split your energy equally with your experienced areas. You have valuable experiences in more than one area and a job is just a money supplier for you – so you have some good chances in a foreign market. Decide on three profession- if yu have more than 3. Since you will focus on all your experiences equally, it would take some time – so do not rush. Prepare really good cover letters and resumes for each and create some time to meet key people who can be useful in your search. Do not use your time something totally different profession, use your energy wisely in which you can sell your know-how and get a job.

Number 19 – You are at the beginning of your career and you want a dream job (that’s really cute).If you know your dream job, that’s good. If you do not know, then first spend all your energy to find out. Search internet, read some books and discover your dream job. I suggest the book “What color is your parachute”- it really helped me and I am not fond of personal development books actually. After finding it, use your 80% of time preparing for this profession – good cover letters/resume, meeting new people, doing some internship or voluntary work, and preparing yourself for interviews. For the remaining 20%, find out two other professions which you can use your strengths (maybe your study area, or some professions that has similar tasks with your dream job) and focus on them as Plan B. Prepare some template cover letters and just set an job alert for them – do not spend too much time but just keep an eye on them in case you need them in the worst case scenario.

Number 20 – You are at the beginning of your career and you just want some money to live your life- make your dreams true (maybe collect some money to go for a world tour?) Then you just have to clarify your strenghts. Think about your university degree, internships, voluntary jobs or any other useful task that may give you a head start in an entry level position. Focus on them. Since you are new to job market (and resumes, interviews etc.), choose one profession that you think you really will be good at and give your 70% energy to that. Prepare excellent cover letters/resumes, meet with key people, do some internships/voluntary work and preparing for possible interviews. And find out two other professions to keep an eye on. Use the remaining 30% of your time to run through job ads for them, prepare some template to use for all and prepare the interview after you really got a date for interview.

Hope these suggestions would help you to plan your road map. Good luck everyone. May the force be with you!

In my next post, I will list which platforms/websites you can use for seeking jobs in Sweden!

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