This is the job you would do even if you didn’t need to earn anything. Finding a job that matches your skills, knowledge, personality and values can mean the difference between boredom and excitement. Three days a week doing what you love will do the trick.
One of the hard things about finding your dream job is working out what makes you happy and what you are good at.
What skills do you use at least occasionally where you do things well, and when you enjoy it. These are your motivated skills, and if you use 70 per cent of these skills 70 per cent of the time you’re on the right track. The second area is knowledge – not what you learnt at school or college, but whatever you have chosen to learn about in your spare time – what do you enjoy reading, talking, enquiring about? What is the thing that you are happy to live and breathe seven days a week? If it’s something that seems to have nothing to do with the world of work, look at it again. Talk to your recruitment consultant – they may be able to help you work this out.
What’s the ideal job hunting mindset?
Learn how to deal with rejection. Statistically more people say ‘no’ than ‘yes’. This can affect your job search and make you lower your sights. Learn how to bounce back and have people around who remind you what you’re good at and help you keep going.
What happens if your dream job needs a lot of re-training?
Retraining is one of the reasons people give for not doing anything about career change, but there are few careers that absolutely require someone to begin with a particular qualification. Another problem with retraining is that it can mean you put off your career for a while whilst obtaining your new qualification, but then have no idea how to use it. Ask around – find out what on-the-job training opportunities might be available, and how others have moved into a sector without having the obvious pieces of paper.
Can you change our own attitude so that you can make more of the job you’re in?
Absolutely. We suggest that you look at the downside – is it the role, the team, the organisation, or your manager? Sometimes you can fix the issue that bothers you most, without having to look for a new job:
- Focus on what is going well, and see how far you can push things towards the positive.
- Conduct a quick audit of what you have done over the past 12 months, noting your achievements.
- Request a review meeting, and go in with a clear positive idea as to how you can enjoy your job more and add more value.