Finding Your Dream Job
Most professionals spend around 60 to 70 per cent of their adult years at work . Hence, it is important that you spend the time at work in a healthy, hearty manner. It is important to understand what your dream job is and how to find it so that you get and stay with your desired job.
Understanding What Your Dream Job Is
Most of the times, jobseekers simply look for a job without knowing what their dream job is. It is important to have realistic expectations, know your capability and understand what can be a good job fit for you. You must identify your dream job by scaling on reality rather than fantasy. A dream job is the one that makes your professional life extra-ordinarily rewarding and gives you more returns to your life than it takes. A job must be fulfilling and inspire your interest and soul. A dream job makes you feel liberal and passionate about work and life. A dream job also provides you a work- life balance. Few characteristics of a dream job include:
• Is challenging and allows you to develop new skills.
• Make your personal life better.
• Makes you feel passionate and satisfied about work.
• Brings out the best in you.
• Makes you feel excited about going to office.
• Makes you feel confident about yourself.
• Provides you with perks that you feel satisfied about.
As much it is important to understand what a dream job is, it is equally important to know what a dream job is not. A dream job is not one that:.
• Pays you more for a less challenging or little work.
• Requires you to have no special skill set.
• Allows no work-life balance.
• Puts you through a job-hopping cycle.
• Makes your life boring and depressing.
• Make you feel insignificant or lethargic.
• Allows you no time for your family or friends.
Defining Your Dream Job
Begin by determining the vital components of your dream job. Most of us find it a difficult task because we were never taught in school to rank our own talent; or, because we took whatever job came our way, without ever judging our own interests.
Define a job that utilizes your talent and leverages your experience. You can determine your dream job by zeroing on the role that will allow you to:.
− Use your ability, talent and interest.
− Allow you to excel at what you love doing.
− Makes your life fulfilling .
− Encourages you to learn new skills.
Start by defining your interest and matching them with career groups. For example, if your interest is ‘nurturing,’ ‘spreading knowledge,’ etc., teaching can be a satisfactory profession for you. Or, for example, if you love to do admin tasks, a position in the operations team of an international firm could be more rewarding for you. If your interest is playing with numbers, funding and directing money, you can try your luck with an investment banking career. If your interest is building, designing, engineering or construction, a civil engineer’s job is appropriate for you. This way, you can identify your interest and map it to your dream job.
It is a good idea to seek professional help and guidance of a senior or friend when you wish to understand your own personality and interest. Somebody who knows you well from school, your parents, or a former boss who was able to appreciate your talent, can help you in knowing your dream job.
Title or Task
It is important to understand the inclination of your interest. Is it a job title or a task that excites you? For example, you could be more interested in becoming the director general of a public sector office because the title, power and thrill associated with the position excite you. Or, you may not care about the title but wish to become a software programmer because the technical task of development satisfies you better. You must understand that there is nothing wrong in making title or task as your priority. It is the way you feel about your dream job.
Right Industry, Right Environment
It is very important to choose the right industry for yourself. If your interest is nurturing, and you feel both teaching and the medical profession are apt for you, think again! May be you have not thought too well. Drill more into your own interest. Do you feel happy about the services that you must offer to society as a doctor and be available for your patients every time they need you? Are you excited about handling an emergency case during off-hours? Or are you more comfortable with a fixed-hour teaching job where there are less surprises or emergencies. Think aloud!
Similarly, chose the correct environment for yourself. You may enjoy engineering tasks but in a closed, formal environment of an office. You may not have the personality to supervise the construction project by being able to monitor the labors. A right environment can do wonders to your productivity.
Giving It Your Best
It is appreciable that you are able to identify your interest, title, profession, industry and environment. You can call it your dream job. Now that you have zeroed in on your dream job, you must give your best shot to grab it. Use the following tips:.
1. A well-done professional job portfolio is the key to success. It is your marketing tool that helps your stand out from competitors.
2. Leverage professional and social networking to push your resumes directly to decision makers.
3. Position yourself as an expert of your field and highlight the benefits that you can bring to your employer.
4. Pursue a contract-based position initially if it is your dream job and perform well during the probation so that the employer is convinced about hiring you.
5. Act with velocity and urgency. Demonstrate seriousness towards the job role and your high interest levels in working for the company. Cooperate with your employer and be flexible about work timing, travel, etc.
6. You must focus more on capabilities and stick to your chosen industry rather than making a shift.
7. Maintain a positive attitude and mention what added value you can bring to the employer.
8. Focus on the job profile more than salary or perks.