When you were a kid, what did you dream of growing up to be?
It may sound obvious but before you can find the job you really want you have to know what you’re looking for.
Too often when asked what they want in their ideal job people talk only about salary and benefits. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who earn a great deal and have great benefits but who hate their jobs.
A job you really want can’t be based on financial criteria alone. And with a few exceptions, the industry (like the financial criteria) is not as important as the actual day to day activities.
If a “great” job doesn’t allow you the opportunity to do the things you love to do and are talented at – your natural skills and talents – then it’s not a “great” job for you.
An effective job search begins by figuring out the specific criteria and values you want the job to fulfill. By this we mean what daily activities are going to make best use of your natural skills and talents?
- If you’re an outgoing person and a job isolates you from interacting with other people all day, it’s not for you.
- If you are orderly and the work environment is chaotic, it will wear on you over time.
- If you work well with only occasional supervision, a job where you’re micromanaged will be annoying.
Knowing who you are is critical to finding the right job for you.
Define the criteria that make up a job you really want. What’s important to you in the work you do? What brings you satisfaction?
You’ll want to consider things like:
- Part-time or full-time?
- Flexibility or consistency? (both in hours and tasks)
- Amount of interaction with others?
- Specific skills you want to use?
- Make decisions or follow procedure?
Answering these questions is the first step in finding the job you really want.
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