Are you still unsure about what career you truly see yourself wanting? Trust me, this situation is one the most common when it comes to the job search. Likely you or someone you know has said something along the lines of “I just don’t know what job is truly for me”. Many of us encounter different scenarios that lead to this confusion. Some may have been focused on the motions of school instead of finding your ideal career, simply unsure of what they like doing or unable to turn their passion into careers. These situations happen, but how can we progress past these issues? In this blog I will discuss the general sense of job search confusion and provide 5 key tips to move past this!
Career Choice Confusion:
So here you are, either approaching your first job search or actively starting it. However, you still can’t identify what your true dream job is. As previously stated, this is all perfectly normal. Nowadays, people are constantly being exposed to lots of opportunities but also just as many other responsibilities/distractions. This can be overwhelming for someone looking for a job, who has constantly been asked what they want to do but just don’t know. This outside pressure can often lead people into quick decisions, a quick decision they may regret because they didn’t use/have enough time to think. This blog will give tips that will allow you to avoid those rash decisions and pinpoint your dream job.
Steps to Find Your Dream Job
Finding a dream job is always going to be inherently slightly difficult, as nothing is ever always perfect. However, finding something as close as possible to your dream job is ideal. Below are 7 ways to find the job you have always wanted.
- 1. Take Your Time
I know life moves fast but just relax and take your time to search (this is your future after all). There are many social pressures to find jobs immediately even if you aren't ready. If this is your first job search, in the grand scheme you are very young and spending a little extra time to find what you truly love will only set you ahead.
- 2. Just Ask. Your Dream Job May Not Exist Yet
Many of us have great ideas of jobs we would love to have, if we solely dealt with our top passion. However, these ideas often do not match with any real-world jobs or seem unfeasible to start late in life (like pro sports), or at least so we think. However, there is a concept called the “hidden job market”, which is exactly how it sounds. Often you may like everything about a prospective employer, like work environment and more, but just don’t find a job position/description that truly speaks to you. Sometimes, if you have a true skill in your passion and are a good match with the company, employers sometimes create new positions on the spot that have literally never existed before.
For more information on the hidden job market check out: https://www.jobscan.co/blog/how-to-find-a-job/
3. Evaluate Past Jobs/Tasks
A great tool for finding what you want is to eliminate the options you didn't like. You can look back on past jobs to help this process and decide on dealbreakers in the workplace for you. You should also evaluate your current job. If you have no work experience, evaluate your schooling and that current path. For all of these, you need to ask yourself if you truly enjoy what you are and if not what is it that you would rather be doing. To learn more about this elimination process, visit: https://www.careershifters.org/help-from-our-community/why-cant-i-figure-out-what-i-want-to-do
- 4. Sacrifice and Gain
Business, ideally, is a mutually beneficial process. After finding the things you need to have from a job, you also have to assess the changes/sacrifices you are willing to make for them. Map out these sacrifices and adjust the list accordingly as you see it stacked up together. Whatever the sacrifices are, always look for a strategic position that helps you progress towards personal goals.
- 5. Job Search
With these new guidelines set out, you need to start finding what jobs match your ideal criteria. The internet is always here to help. Make sure to utilize all the various online and personal resources you have available for things like career tests. Take your time here and search all the different possibilities so you don't miss your dream job. For more information visit: https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/guide/how-to-figure-out-what-you-want-as-a-career/
Go After It! 👍
Hopefully after following these steps you gained some confidence and at least a better ballpark area of what you may truly love to do. Largely this was for inspiration to get the ball rolling. OurFirstJobSearch’s website has many facets you can utilize to help you even better find what you truly love. Overall, I hope you find your true passion for work and it impacts your life for the better.
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