If you are in this position, you will understand. That moment when you trudge to your work, day in day out and then one day it hits you. It’s time to do this differently. But where to start?
Truth is, you can be one of the growing number of people who find a job they love by taking action. Just a few easy stages, taking you along on the path to a very different work experience. Here are six simple steps you can take to get you on your way.
First up is making sure you really recognize the kind of work that turns you on. Some skeptics might say that there’s no ‘job’ anywhere to get them excited about. Yet, most often, most people do want to be fulfilled and experience an opportunity to grow themselves and make a positive impact on the world. Yet it’s always best done in a way that gives them a buzz as they do it. And everyone is different, so that if all the jigsaw pieces fell into place, we could all be doing just what we are best at!
Second step, once you’ve carefully recognised the kind of job you really do want, is to work out where those jobs hang out. Is it somewhere you know? Somewhere that requires you to change where you live; something you can’t quite find yet. It’s about what resonates with you when you check the job adverts in the local paper. Or maybe know someone who has just the thing you want even!
Make sure that whatever you set your mind on is doable; maybe not this year, maybe not next, but if you really do want something badly, you will develop for yourself a strategy that will help you gradually edge closer to exactly what you want. So, a key action here is to assess how close you are to what they will want from you and plan ahead to get the experiences and training you might feel you need – in advance, because when you find the opportunity, you want to be as ready as you can.
Prepare your resume well. there are all sorts of free information websites out there nowadays. You can pay to get the job done for you, but by taking a little time to research, you will most likely be able to glean enough detailed knowledge about resumes to make yours stand out above the rest. If in doubt along the way, make friends with someone in HR, so that they can cast an eye over what you prepare.
Believe in yourself. As Henry Ford once said, ‘If you believe you can, or you can’t, you are right’! Truth is, it’s a lottery as to who is successful in applying for jobs sometimes. But you can prepare well and build experiences that will stand you in good stead for the questions that come. Not only that, but the key thing is that the broad, carefully selected scenarios of worthwhile experiences, showing off exactly what you personally, did WILL give you huge confidence. Truly that, in fact, you CAN!
To quote another great man, this time a Brit, who masterminded success during the bleak days of a World War. Winston Churchill’s famous motto was, ‘Never give up. Never give up. Never give up’. Life doesn’t go in straight lines, there are ups and down, so be careful not to lose faith in your ultimate success. In fact, with each and every time you fail, just by the law of averages you are more likely to succeed next time! Use the failures to learn from; get objective feedback if you can and fine tune your ‘performance’ for next time. To find a job you love, you will need to persevere and continue searching and applying, until you find something you will totally LOVE!
Bottom line is that you have the choice to make and no-one can do it for you. Of course, as Charles Lindbergh once said, ‘What kind of man could live where there is no daring? I don’t believe in taking foolish chances, but nothing can be accomplished without taking any chance at all’.
Over to you.
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