Do you remember yourself lying in bed on Sunday night and feeling the blues that usually comes when the weekend is over? Have you ever dreaded waking up and going back to the office the next morning? If the answer is “yes”, then you haven’t yet found the job of your dream.
And you are not alone here: 50% of the United States employees say they would like to change their job if they had a chance. The thing is that a paycheck is not the only thing that makes us happy, we do not work only to make the living. Apart from the food on the table, we would like to do something meaningful and fulfilling. If you are happy with what you do, everyone will benefit from it — you, your employer, your family, and friends.
So, to start living your life to the fullest, read the below tips that will help you find the job of your dream.
Tip 1. Make the job list
If there are so many people who are unhappy in what they are doing then why don’t they just quit the job and do something they really like? In many ways, it is because when we think of the career shift we rely on our CV. But what we can do does not equal to what we are supposed to do and it does not necessarily bring us satisfaction.
Think of all the professions and jobs that might fit your interests regardless of whether you have the necessary skills and experience or not. Bring back your childhood memories — what were your dream jobs: a firefighter, an astronaut, a vet?
The list should comprise as many careers as possible even the unbelievable and totally (at the first sight) impossible ones, like breeding lamas.
In case you do not know what you would like to do for a living, allow me not to believe you. Usually, it’s not that you have no desires, it’s just that you are afraid to speak about them and try them out.
Tip 2. Find your superpower and sift the list
To shorten the list of your dream jobs, you need to think of the skills you already have and love to use and then match them with the list you have. Besides, you need to think of what you requirements for the job are.
So, to make your job list shorter and more realistic, begin with answering the below questions:
- What skills would you like to be using and what skills are you good at? This is not necessarily one and the same thing, but you should find the cross-over. It can be anything: team-work, problem-solving, writing, analyzing data.
- What do you want to get out of work, what is crucial for you? If you do not want to be one of many — it can be that other people accept your individuality, or. for example, autonomy — if you want to control your workload.
- What working environment you would like to be working in. This point is often overlooked, but it can influence your happiness from work on the day to day basis. Do you need to have a sleek-looking office or do you dream of doing something practical outdoors?
Use the answers to these questions to objectively assess what jobs from your list suit you.
Tip 3. Pass a test
If you are not sure what you want to do, take a quiz or a personality test that will help you understand what job or career suits you best. Though no test will tell you exactly what kind of person you are they can help you to find the right path.
Below are career-orientation and personality tests that you can take for free to help you make your choice.
- My Next Move is a tool sponsored by the US Department of Labor. It analyses your interests and helps to define what your career interests can be. The results can be filtered by how much preparation is necessary to get into the profession.
- Career strengths test — created by Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation for Oprah. It helps to test your strength level in various skills and offers careers that fit you best.
- What career you should actually have — a test by Buzzfeed. Not the most reliable resource, but you can use it to add some fun into your day and get input on what you should be doing in life.
Tip 4. Promote yourself
Now when you have a list of the jobs that can suit you, it’s time to let the companies know you are open to their proposals. Even before you finish school you should start networking with companies you would like to work for.
Create a LinkedIn account, join professional groups on Facebook, post blogs, and share your thoughts on your chosen industry.
Do not hesitate to add company managers to your contacts on LinkedIn or comment on their Facebook posts to establish a social connection. A company may reach out to the people on its radar before beginning the formal hiring procedure.
Tip 5. Hunt the job
Whenever you are ready to actually start applying, treat this process as your job. Apply to a minimum of 3 positions a week. Even if they do not fit you 100%, interviews will help you to master your presentation skills.
Make sure to treat every company individually, which includes writing a unique cover letter for each, collecting information about the company business and policies, creating a list of you skills that will contribute to the company’s goals.
Good luck with the hunt! And remember waking up and looking forward to the next working day is the norm and not an exception.