✒ How To Find Your Dream Job
A friend once said to me, you should have at least one of two things:
either, your job makes you so happy and fulfilled, that you couldn’t imagine ever doing anything else;
OR, you should at least earn enough money to be able to grow happy from your income and purchases, which then would make the work you do worthwhile.
Only a few very lucky ones can enjoy both.
But when you get up in the morning, hoping that aliens are just about to attack the planet, so you have a valid reason to avoid going to work, then it’s definitely time to swap for a new and fun job in your life.
What would make you happy?
Really, take some time (and with this, I mean more than just a coffee break – this is about your future), sit down with a notepad and brainstorm your wishes, hopes and possibilities. Maybe even ask a family member, friend or trusted colleague to help you with this.
- Do you prefer a job from home? Or do you like meeting new people every day face to face?
- What income would you need at least, to cover your expenses and basic needs?
- How much time would you like to spend working for someone else every week?
- What are your skills and strengths and what weaknesses have you noticed in the past?
- What jobs have you worked in before? What were your duties?
- Is there something else you could do, beside your profession?
- Is there a course you could attend part time or in evening classes, to elevate your skills and professional status?
- Do you drive?
- Do you speak another language?
- Are you an IT wiz?
- Are you a sporty person, caring, creative, or a scientist?
- Are you willing to relocate for a new start? Or would you even like to travel for a living?
- Have you got a passion that you are an expert in, in which you could help other people with your knowledge?
- Are you more into a career and a job reputation or do you prefer to be settled with an active family life?
- Would you like to be self-employed and just don’t know where to start?
- Do you have a side project youre passionate about? Maybe you want to make this your main source of income?
Write as much on your list as you can come up with. Then sort it all in groups. This will give you and overview of your future job description.
Find your calling
Now you have to find a job that combines all the goodness for you.
This is easier said then done. But thankfully, there is a vast ocean of opportunities out there. You will find plenty of very helpful sources on the internet, that will show you possibilities and opportunities you may have overlooked yet.
Take an afternoon off and browse the net with your list of answers.
Look for job descriptions that combine your skills and wishes.
There are so many new jobs out there you don’t know about. So many you don’t need a degree for; or that you might be able to get, with the degree you’ve already worked so hard for. Or even jobs that you just need a short additional adjustment course for, that you can attend in your local college or even online…
Don’t just take another job that ‘will do’ and hope for owning the next winning lottery ticket.
A little bit of effort for a few days may change your entire life to the better.
Write your best CV
Make it really special, noticeable impressive, short and pop out of the pile of other CVs, by creating or downloading a graphic design template to make your CV incredibly smart looking.
Do an internship
An internship doesn’t just get your foot in the door and a nice connection to your maybe future workmates, but it also shows you the specifics of the job you fancy.
Have a look around and don’t just judge your own workload and duties, (as they usually give interns easier work to do at the start), but also look at the duties of the people you are working with, as their’s may be the work you’ll be doing, once you get that job.
Evaluate all pro’s and con’s and then make your decision.
But be honest to yourself. Don’t just take the job, because someone there commented on your good work as an intern. If you are not 100% convinced, that this is THE ONE, you should keep looking for another job. Taking this one and missing out on another, better job may cost you valuable time of your career and life.
It is often not only the job, but also the people you are working with, that can be the reason for making a job a dream, or a nightmare.
Research the company you’re interested in to work for and evaluate your collected notes and experiences properly.
Then you’ll be fully prepped to take your destiny in your own hands.
Other things you could do:
Also, while you are job searching…
You might want to get a LinkedIn profile. This will display your skills and experiences to a huge job market and highlight your profile to potential future employers.
You should also attend networking events, where you can connect with same minded people and groups to learn from and develop with on your quest.
Get contacts, network and succeed.
If you are stuck and don’t know where to start, you can go to a career councillor, who will help you to get your paperwork in order and your feet in the water of the vast ocean of opportunities.
Take your time and don’t rush into anything.
… Good things need time to develop.
Most of all: Stay optimistic! Good things come to those who work their behinds off.
I find, the harder I work,
The more luck I seem to have. – Thomas Jefferson
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What are you still doing here?
Go, get your dream job!
And leave me a comment about how you are getting on. : )
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