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The Right Job for You: the Job-Self Match Process

Finding the right job for you, also known as the “job-self match” process provides you with a way to compare your attributes (interests, abilities, values, work personality, and liabilities or challenges) to jobs that you’re considering. Formalize this process by writing out (in print or braille) the details, or capturing your thoughts electronically. One quick tip before you get started: always date your work for future reference.

  1. If you haven’t already done so, visit the Self-Evaluation section. There you can evaluate the attributes that are relevant to employment and capture them on paper or electronically.
  2. Complete your job analyses as described in the Labour Market Information section. Think about what the jobs you’ve researched entail: the qualifications, skills and abilities required to perform the essential functions of the jobs, where the work occurs (indoors, outdoors, with other people or in isolation), the work personalities that would fit best in that sector or industry, etc.
  3. Compare what’s required to do the jobs you’re considering to your attributes. Note where there are similarities (e.g. where your interests and abilities match the activities to be completed and job skills needed to perform the tasks inherent in the job). You’ll also want to note where there are differences between what you have to offer and what’s required to do the job (e.g. a job may require post-secondary training or a licence that you’ve yet to complete.).
  4. Consider what you can do about differences between your attributes and the requirements of employees doing the job you’re interested in doing. If you need additional training, are you willing and able to go back to school? If so, you can plan to resolve that difference and apply for positions when you have a degree, diploma, or certificate.
  5. If you’re unwilling or unable to resolve a difference between yourself and what’s required to do the job of interest, you may have to try another option – a related job or a different career path. In this case, investigate related jobs to see if there are any that are better matches for you.

Once you’ve completed the job-self match process, you’re ready to review all that you’ve written. You’ll be able to use the details about how your interests, abilities, values, and work personality match the job or career of interest, when you share information about yourself in job interviews, or provide such information on your application, résumé, qualifications brief, or CV.​​