Two Foolproof Ways To Find Your Dream Job (and make more money)
March 12th, 2012 by Jill
You may love the people you work with, but hate what you're doing or maybe it's the opposite ~ you love what you do, but you work in a toxic environment that's slowly killing your soul. You feel trapped and think there is no way out.
You are dead WRONG! Here's why. Because you always have the choice to see things differently and you always have control over YOU and the decisions you make every day. Below are two foolproof ways to discover exactly what you love about the work you do and how to find the right people to work with!
Scenario 1: you love who you work with, but not what you're doing ~ let's examine that. What about your environment gets you jazzed? Is it the ability to be around creative people? Is it that you love what they do and wish you were doing it? Is there a collaborative aspect to the group you work with that truly fuels your creative mojo? The answers to these questions are the perfect additions to your list of 'must haves' in your dream career bucket.
Scenario 2: you don't like who you work with, but you love what you do. There are several things you can do about this situation. First, think about the current environment and ask yourself how you may contribute to its existence (nope, you can't blame everybody else for your woes ~ we all participate in one way or another!). Secondly, look at what aspects you love and those that make you want to tear your hair out! (example: you create imaginative, cutting-edge videos for companies, but they don't appreciate your work, nor do they pay you as agreed!, or you teach amazing dance workshops for underpriviledged teens, but the business is mismanaged and you've lost faith in working with them). This is great information to add to your list under "will not work for companies/people that…"
Scenario 3: You've been taking jobs based on the skillset you have, but, even though it's a brand new company, you end up in the same old story (sort of like continuing to date the bad boys like you did when you were 16). You need to look at it with a new set of eyes – perhaps it's really that you love to write, but not write copy all day for viagra and adult diaper adverts.
So now that you know the two foolproof ways to figure out what to add to your dream job wish list and what you can kick to the curb, you can start to think of new ways to paint your dream job picture.
Now let's add a little spice to our dream job stew ~ a dash of side hustle. You just figured out above what you love doing. Who do you know that needs your mad skills and is happy to pay you for them? Love to write? start submitting stories to local news outlets, magazines, and fellow websites that you feel your unique point of view could be just what their readers need to hear. Love to bake, craft, play the piano, take photos? See who wants a special 'homemade' birthday cake for their little one, but doesn't have the time to bake it, or how about lessons in any of the above. People who have passions, or things that come naturally to them don't realize many of us do not share those passions or talents. We would gladly pay for your expertise, or straightforward guidance on how to get started. Start adding these side jobs to your CV (or website) under "what I love to do", and shout it from the hilltops on your social media sites letting people know you are 'open for business'!
What if you're feeling like you want to stay put in your job, you just want to see some growth ~ to be challenged! Start listening ~ what projects (small or large) are being put out there that people aren't clamoring to do. Raise your hand and take it on! Initiative is the name of the game and the more you show your wide range of skills, the more you'll start getting noticed. Perhaps you admire someone in the company and would like to learn more about what they do ~ ask if you can shadow them for a day, or offer to buy them coffee and share your desire to learn from them.
You always have the choice to change your circumstances as long as you have one thing ~ the desire to do so.
In the comments section below I want to hear specifically ~
1. what you really love about the work you do
2. what super skills do you have that you can turn into a little side hustle outside of work, or get you noticed at work?
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