A job you enjoy

Job I will enjoy

Personality types

It’s often said “if you do a job you enjoy, you never have to do a days work in your life.” What can be better than getting paid to do something you enjoy?

If you have any hobbies or interests, write them down. You might get a few job ideas from the skills each hobby brings. They could range from bird-watching to crosswords.

Bird-watching example

  • Patience
  • Appreciation of nature
  • Interest in wildlife
  • Observation skills
  • Dedication

Crosswords example

  • Word skills
  • Thoughtful
  • Logical
  • Persistent
  • Puzzle solving

Look inside yourself

The values you hold are another guide to help you in your job search. Make a list of your values. Look for common themes, and seek jobs which fall into categories suitable for you.

Below is a list of 100 values you can use as a starting point.

Acceptance, accomplishment, accuracy, achievement, adventure, affection, ambition, assertiveness, belonging, clarity, commitment, compassion, completion, confidence, contribution, control, conviction, curiosity, desire, devotion, dexterity, dignity, diligence, discipline, duty, eagerness, effectiveness, efficiency, enthusiasm, excellence, excitement experience, expertise, exploration, fairness, faith family, fearlessness, ferocity, flexibility, fluency, freedom, frugality, giving, guidance, happiness, helpfulness, imagination, independence, ingenuity, inquisitiveness, insightfulness, inspiration, integrity, intelligence, intensity, introversion, intuition, investing, joy, judiciousness, justice, keenness, kindness, knowledge,leadership, learning, logic, meticulousness, modesty motivation, neatness, obedience, openness, optimism, originality, perceptiveness, perfection, philanthropy, popularity, proactivity, professionalism, punctuality, purity resolve, resourcefulness, respect, restraint, saintliness, selflessness, sensitivity, significance, skilfulness, teamwork, uniqueness, unity, variety, vision, wealth and wisdom.

SWOT Analysis

A SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats involved in a project or in a business venture or in any other situation requiring a decision.

SWOT can be used to help you find out more about yourself. It consists on internal and external factors.

Internal factors: The ‘strengths’ and ‘weaknesses’ internal you, i.e., your personality, character etc.

External factors: The ‘opportunities’ and ‘threats’ presented by the external environment i.e., people you know, job openings etc.

Write down as many strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as possible. This should help you understand yourself.


Take your analysis on step further and use “USED” to generate possible strategies, by asking and answering the following four questions:

  1. How can we Use each Strength?
  2. How can we Stop each Weakness?
  3. How can we Exploit each Opportunity?
  4. How can we Defend against each Threat?


The more compatible you are with your job, the less it will seem like work. You are also more likely to be more productive and successful in a job you like.

But please bear in mind, you don’t have to hold out for years waiting for the perfect job. If you get a job you don’t like, simply look for another one.

Now you need to set some goals.

Last modified: Wednesday 20 April 2011