Do you want to find a job that will make you happy? That’s easy. Think about what you want from your career and find a job that fits the requirements. The good thing about this is that it’s actually very easy to do. But what is holding back most people from getting their dream job, is the fact that they don’t realise they are in charge of their career path. So instead of getting in the driver’s seat they let others take the lead by default.
You probably know this too well. I mean how many times have you heard someone complaining about the fact no employer would hire them? What about there are no good jobs left for them? Well, perhaps they never got the chance to prove their skills considering that every employer today needs, at least, two years of experience in the field, but that’s no excuse for doing nothing about it. So how can you find the right job for your career?
Well, that depends on what you are looking for in a job. You might want to take a look at these criteria while searching for one:
- Money/Salary: how much you want to earn?
- Career Advancement: how far do you want to go?
- Work-Life Balance: how much free time do you need?
- Good work environment: whom do you want to be working with? (company, people, culture)
Apart from that, though, you will also need to think about what type of work do you want and who do you want to work for. Is it going to be a permanent, freelance or a contract job? Finding a job that fits into your lifestyle is as important as going after your career goals, so let’s take a look at some ways you can do that.
1. Get a ‘Time Out’
When you start to worry about the fact that you need to find a job, you fall into the trap of accepting any job offer that comes your way. While getting one might just be what you think you need, most of the time you are just settling in a job that doesn’t make you happy and as such can’t give you what you need.
If that’s the case, you need to take a step back and see the bigger picture. If you must, take some personal time off to clear your head. This should help you think about all of the things that you want to do in your life, and make them part of your career. For example, do you like travelling? Find a job in your field that allows you to work remotely so that you can work and travel at the same time. If it helps, ask yourself what would be your description of the perfect job and find the one that’s closest to what you need.
2. Give it a Try
When choosing a career, it’s easier to find out what you don’t want to do instead of what you want. But, it gets even trickier when you have to decide on a job. So my suggestion would be to go and try stuff out on your own to find out what works for you. You don’t even have to have a job. I am talking about volunteering, work shadowing and experimenting your way into a job that you are most likely to enjoy. Doing so will help you eliminate your choices, as you will be able to say you have been there, you tried that but didn’t like it. I wouldn’t say that it’s a waste of time. On the contrary, there is so much you can learn in the process.
3. Become Good at What You Do
You know you are good at what you are doing; I mean you probably have a degree in it. So why can’t you choose the job you want? When you are still fresh from college, you think that any job is just out of your league – because there is such a thing – but guess what, that only happens in the beginning. If you don’t yet feel ready to put your skills and knowledge to the test, then prepare yourself appropriately for it.
Read books about your subject, learn about the different debates that exist, figure out how other successful people have made it in the same career field and learn from their personal victories and failures. Find out how they have responded to their mistakes because what worked for them might work for you too. This should help you figure out that you get to have a say in your own career. Then you will be able to choose whether a job does or doesn’t comply with your personality, values and beliefs. In the end, once you become an expert in the field you will also become known for it.
4. Create Your Job
Then again if you can’t find what you are looking for, you can create a job for yourself or simply become your own boss. Turning to entrepreneurship is a bold move, but it’s going to be worth it if it means that you will find where you belong. If you are someone who is comfortable with taking risks or making mistakes and is willing to work hard and smart, then go for it. You may find that this is more liberating for you than waiting for something to magically happen or until someone gives it to you. The good thing is that given the tools available online today, you can do this whenever and wherever.
See Also: How to Make the Most of Your Job Search
Finding a job that you can see yourself in can be difficult, but once you manage to work through what you like and don’t like, you will be able to tell if that’s the one for you or not. So what’s it going to be? What’s your approach to getting a job in a career that you love and enjoy? Let me know in the comments section below…