3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Looking for Your Dream Job - #career #careeradvice

A lot of people, when they think of their dream jobs, imagine some half-thought-out fantasies that involve them lounging around on a beach drinking Pina coladas for most of the day, and then spending a bit of time teaching a surfing class, or checking in with their remote business empire via their laptops, before getting back to the party again.

Everyone should take steps to work towards their dream job. And for that matter, to discover what their dream job might be via an ongoing process of trial and error. But that doesn’t mean that you should be naïve about things.

When you’re looking for your dream job, it’s important to ask yourself certain relevant questions. If you were a registered nurse, for example, and were planning your future. Would you be happy staying in your current role, or would you prefer to become a family nurse practitioner?

Here are a few of the sorts of questions you should ask yourself, on your quest to find your dream job.

Could you fall in love with the work itself, and not just the results?

A dangerous mistake to make when thinking of your “dream job” is to visualize the results and benefits of the work, and fall in love with those, without taking into consideration the nature of the work itself.

When all is said and done, however, money is unlikely to bring you happiness or satisfaction if it comes at the cost of you spending the majority of your waking hours doing something that you more or less hate.

The first question to ask yourself when wondering whether a certain career path could lead you to your dream job is, “could I fall in love with the work itself, or might I just interested in the results?”

Does the job “scale” well?

It’s one thing to think that a job seems meaningful, interesting, and potentially fulfilling in the here and now. But if you’re considering what your “dream job” would be, you also need to consider how your job develops your skills across time.

When assessing a particular career path, ask yourself whether there’s enough of a ladder to climb there for you to keep increasing your level of responsibility, and your pay grade, over the years—or not.

If your would-be career of choice caps out at a pay level that you couldn’t ever be content with, that’s not a great sign.

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Does the job expand your options in different areas?

Here’s a useful thing to realize about “dream jobs”; you’re very unlikely to enter a particular job role in your youth, find that it’s the perfect fit for you, and stick with it for your entire life.

What actually happens, if you’re motivated, is that you keep amassing skills, exploring new and parallel job roles until you find one that is a good fit for you.

An ideal “dream job” should therefore be one which expands your skill set and maximizes your options in different areas, so that you can always expand laterally in your professional development, down the line.

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When we are young, most of us simply assume that we’ll find a career than we want, study hard, start work and continue to love our job for many years to come. This is rarely the case. A lot of people spend years jumping from job to job, never even classing them as careers. Some people train for years, spending a fortune on education to find that they don’t want to do the job at all. Even those of us that are lucky enough to find a good career that we enjoy struggle to make that feeling last.

After years in the same career, we can grow complacent. We can get bored. It can start to feel as though we’re just going through the motions and like nothing ever changes. Promotions can dry up, and the love that you once felt can start to feel like something else. You might find that you no longer want to go into work. You no longer enjoy your days, and you no longer have any passion for what you do.

Sometimes, when this happens, it’s time to get out and make a change. But, a career change is a big step, and certainly not something that you should do on a whim. First, take the time to see if you could fall back in love with your job. Here are some ideas to help you.

Update Your Knowledge

Complacency is often at the route of boredom at work. When we’ve been doing a job for a long time, we think we know it all. We stop learning, and we stop pushing ourselves.

Well, you never know it all. The world changes all the time, faster than it ever has before and your industry is unlikely to be any different. Book yourself on some training courses, ask for help from your colleagues and read up on new knowledge, technology, and techniques.

Find a Specialty

Most industries have many different sectors. You can keep your career, but fall back in love with it by taking a sidewards step into a niche or specialty. If you work in education, you could study an online special education masters and start working with students that need additional support. You could retrain in marketing and work for the same firm as you do now. You’ve usually got options within your career. You might just need to look for them.

Take Some Time Out

Another reason for stagnation and unhappiness at work is just too much of it. Many of us are guilty of rarely taking time off. Even when we do, we’re often too busy to enjoy it, and a large percentage of us still contact the office, think about work or check our work emails. Book a few weeks off, when you’ve got nothing on, and get some rest. You might find that you return feeling refreshed and ready for new challenges.

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Challenge Yourself

If you are just going through the motions, stop. Set yourself challenges. Speak to your manager and set goals together. Give yourself a new focus that means that you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

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Each and every year, an abundance of people decide that they want to make their living in the health and fitness industry. Many have no idea where to start, let alone have the confidence that they are going to be able to secure a place in such a saturated market.

Here are a few ways you can begin securing your place in the industry now. 

Get Some Training

Assuming you haven’t taken this step yet, you’re going to need some training. You could go back to school, get a degree, and learn all about biochemistry, anatomy, and exercise physiology. However, this will take you a few tears to do. Plus, it doesn’t really give you any advice on how you can start your own business from it.

Another option is training to become a PT. This is faster than going back to school, as there are self study courses. Plus, it costs a lot less money. That being said, many don’t see it as a credible degree, as just about anybody can do it and it doesn’t make them a good trainer. For example, not all Yoga teacher training is created equal. There will be high quality training, and lower quality, but it’s up to you to do your due diligence.

Start Coaching

Once you’ve got your training, don’t put things off. Start coaching. You don’t need to get a degree, rent space in a gym, or start your own studio. Start taking it one step at a time to help people improve their lives. You could even ask to shadow a teacher or trainer for the day to see how they handle things.

Getting really good at this is all trial and error. While you want to know as much as possible to be the best coach, teacher, or trainer you can be, all you need to know at the beginning is more than the person you’re training. It’s that simple.

If you start out with a simple certification, that’s fine, providing you start working towards getting something more substantial later on. If you have trained to be a trainer, coach, or teacher, it’ll help you to be aware of the multiple facets of health and fitness. Not just working out, but nutrition too. These things go hand in hand, and if you can help your clients with both you’ll get incredible results.

Get Some Business Training

It’s important to be well versed in business and how it works if you’re going to make a living out of this. You could get a mentor, do another course, or use free resources online to teach yourself what you need to know.

Once you’ve built a strong foundation of training, nutrition, and business knowledge, you must commit to learning and personal development forever. You are free to pick up the books you want and do the courses that appeal, but you will need to be committed to continuing this journey forever. There’s no one way into the fitness industry, but the above ideas will enable you to get started and eventually stand out.

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If you’ve ever struggled to figure out what you want to do with your life, a career or personality test can help you see your options. However, not all career tests are created equally. Most give you 3-5 potential job titles that may work for you, or they give you a general personality type that you then have to research on your own. Career Fitter is much different than any career or personality test I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot!

Career Fitter advertises that they’re both a personality and a career test. Instead of relying on Myers-Briggs or your job skills, it combines what you like to do with how you prefer to react in work-related situations, then takes that information and recommends careers in medicine, academia, corporations, and general career fields. Even more, Career Fitter does the research for you. For each recommended career, they provide an analysis and video. You also receive detailed information about your test results and what you should look for in a career to meet your individual needs. 

The Test

It’s free to take Career Fitter’s career and personality test. It’s 60 questions long, and it takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. The questions are straight-forward, either/or type questions about your preferences in the work place. 

Career Fitter test questions about work personality

I had a hard time answering some of the questions. On Myers-Briggs, I’m an INTJ, so I already know that I’m strategic and a “big picture” person. One question asked me whether I get the most satisfaction from creating or completing a project, and that’s a tough one. I usually have a love/hate relationship with creating a project; as in, I love to hate it. It’s an intense process for me and I feel overwhelming relief when a project is done. So, I chose “completing” but I’m not sure that was really the right answer.

But then, with this kind of test, there isn’t really a “right” answer so much as a “most right” answer. If you’re stuck between two choices, just choose the one that is true for you most of the time. Human beings are complicated, and this test knows that. That’s why there’s 60 questions instead of 6.

Initial Career Fitter Results

Career Fitter’s free analysis briefly describes your test results. They tell you about your personality, and tease that they’ve found dozens of jobs that will fit your personality and preferences. 

My results showed that I’m (surprise!) a “big picture” person, who is “calm, confident, and analytical.” I’m not sure about the “calm and confident”—it’s one of my daily struggles not to go through life as a stressed-out hot mess—but I’m definitely analytical. I’ve been told I project confidence at work, so that’s probably true. I’m cool-headed in a crisis, so that might be the “calm.” Either way, it’s an interesting teaser.

My strength is supposed to be “strategic system design,” which makes sense since I’m both a college professor and an instructional systems designer. They’ve hit the nail on the head!

The teaser continues as career fitter tells me they’ve found 32 jobs that fit my profile, and one of them had an average salary of $208,000 last year! If you’re interested in my complete “free” results, I’ve saved them in a PDF for you: Katie’s Free Career Fitter Test Results

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At the end of the free report, Career Fitter offers to show your full report for around $12. That’s less than two cups of coffee at Starbucks, and I was impressed with the sample report on their website, so I bought it. It was totally worth it!

The full report is HUGE! It’s well organized, too, with a table of contents on the left side of the screen. It gives you a label; mine is “Developer.” From there, it walks you through a summary, career suggestions, personality details, your ideal business environment, and famous people like you, and more. 

My summary includes a line that I’m “Skeptical, Independent, Original, Logical, Non-Conforming, Rational, Analytical, Objective, Aloof, Ingenious, Inventive, Resourceful, and Enjoy Complexity.” I truly don’t enjoy a lot of complexity, but I do seem to attract it. It’s a great joke of the universe. Everything else is dead-on true. 

After the summary is a C-FAR chart showing my work personality characteristics.

Then, Career Fitter gives the most comprehensive list of career possibilities I’ve ever seen in this kind of test. Three of the jobs on the list are jobs I actually do, too. There’s great suggestions that I wouldn’t have considered on my own. It’s the career personality test results I wish I would have seen when I was in college. It would have saved me a lot of strife.

Each career has a link to information about the career field, and a video telling more about the career. It’s a good basis for your career research, and a great way to identify possible dream jobs.

Most helpful for career seekers is a section on the report called “Occupational Factors.” Here, you’ll see the traits a job needs to have in order to bring you satisfaction. So, if you’re ever in the position of deciding between two jobs, or figuring out if a job is right for you, here’s a list of exactly the factors a job must have for you to set yourself up for success.

Overall Impressions of Career Fitter

While the free Career Fitter report is very general, the full report is a major asset at any point in your career. If you’re feeling stunted in your career, taking the Career Fitter test will help you see possibilities, which is invaluable. At $11.98, Career Fitter is a steal, and I highly recommend it.

If you aren’t sure if Career Fitter is right for you, check out my full report before you make a decision. Rest assured that Career Fitter’s report looks much better than my PDF!: Katie’s Career Fitter Full Report

Try your own free Career Fitter report, and let me know what you think about your results in the comments below!

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If you have dreams of working abroad, there are a few things you can do to prepare. Before you start packing your bags, you need to get your job application materials in order. You’ll do best in your oversea career journey if you have interviews scheduled before you get there, or better yet, you already have a job! Here are a few things you can do to prepare for your job search in a foreign country:

Apply for an Exceptional Talent Visa

If you are planning on working in a country where you are not a native citizen, you are going to have to apply for a visa. However, if you feel that you are particularly skilled in your area of work or specialism, you should consider taking tier 1 exceptional talent guidance. Any individual who is considered to be particularly gifted or competent in any area of the sciences, arts, humanities, medicine, digital technology, or engineering is eligible to apply for a tier 1 exceptional talent visa.

There are two categories when it comes to this visa. If you already established in your field and have proof of your worth to the new nation’s economy or culture, you count as a recognized leader with exceptional talent. If you are still emerging in your field, you are an emerging leader holding exceptional promise and will also be eligible. Securing this type of visa will show potential employers that you have been granted a visa solely on your merit and will encourage them to take you on.

Craft a CV

In the USA, we predominately use resumes as our introductory “here’s my career story” document. Our resumes are edited down to just what matters for the job at hand. We keep it focused, short, and to the point. However, in foreign countries, you may be asked for a curriculum vitae, or CV for short. 

A CV lists all of your experience, education, awards, presentations, and other career experience. It can be quite lengthy—most are 3-5 pages. Be aware, though, that not every employer will want your CV. Read the job ad carefully and decide whether you should submit at CV or a resume.

If you do need to submit your resume, keep it neat and succinct. Ditch your resume’s objective and replace it with a professional summary or profile. If you include too much information on your resume, employers are likely to feel inconvenienced and miss the important information that you need to get across. So, make use of online resume templates to ensure your resume is easy to read. You find templates for CV’s, too. 

Write a Polite Cover Letter

Your cover letter is exceptionally important when you’re applying for a foreign job, especially if you’re submitting a super-long CV. It’s your introduction to the employer, and it should be culturally sensitive. Some cultures expect a “softer” introduction, where others expect a direct approach witha call to action.Do you research before you submit your application materials.

No matter what, keep your cover letter polite. Use “please” and “thank you,” always. 

Your cover letter should highlight how your work experience meets the needs the employer listed in the job advertisement. If you have a visa already, you could include this information in your concluding paragraph. 

Line up Your References

Not all positions require a reference. However, it’s a good idea to have some ready. A good reference will essentially give the employer a green light to hire you. No matter how competent or qualified someone may be on paper, there is still a chance that they may not be a good employee. Perhaps they are unreliable, not turning up to shifts or arriving late regularly. Maybe they have a poor work ethic or a bad attitude. They might simply not work well with colleagues and always bring tension or a negative atmosphere to the workplace. A good reference will prove that you are none of these things and that you will form a valuable part of your potential new employer’s company, giving them confidence in offering you a position.

You Need a Portfolio 

Without a doubt, you need an online portfolio that makes you shine. Foreign employers will want to see your talents before taking a chance on you, and they aren’t likely to wait for you to take a week to put something together. 

However, you don’t want to rush through just throwing something together. Your portfolio should show off your achievements in their best light. So, make sure that it is ready before you are even asked for it.

You can create an online portfolio inexpensively with WordPress or Weebly without knowing anything at all about web design. There are no excuses for not having a portfolio. 

Focus on Specific Countries and Know Their Customs

If you’re sitting in front of your computer dreaming of escaping your current work situation, you need to get clear on where it is you want to go, and then you need to research as much as you can about your chosen countries. Just wanting to go anywhere at all will make your job search difficult. Instead, narrow your search down to 2-3 countries, and make sure you know everything there is to know about those countries’ professional etiquette. 

For example, in some countries, it is customary to spent the first ten minutes of a meeting talking about non-work related topics. If you know this custom, you can prepare ahead of time to talk about neutral topics before jumping into why you’re the perfect person for the job. Strategy is everything in finding a job abroad, so make sure you understand your target countries before you apply for a job.

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Summer is quickly fading—what strides have you made towards landing your dream job? Before the sun sets on the magnificent summer days, you should do something (anything!) to strengthen your chances of landing the job you want.

Finding your dream job is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. You have to prepare for it. Visualize it. Make small, consistent efforts to position yourself in the right place at the right time and with the people with the power to give you the job you want. There’s still time to take small actions this summer that will pay off big later.

Make a Definitive Career Decision

We all go through times when we aren’t sure what we want to do with our lives. It’s part of career exploration, and it’s completely normal. If you are still in this part of your career path, you aren’t exactly ready to pursue your dream job because you don’t know what your dream job is.

You know you’re ready to pursue your dream job when it’s all you can think about. When you find that perfect career, you know it. You see it in your mind’s eye. You talk about it with everyone you meet. You look for opportunities to get closer to your goal, and opportunities continue to present themselves for you.

If you aren’t there yet, spend your time this summer researching potential dream jobs. For example, if you love sailing, look into yacht jobs. If you love singing, look into jobs at theme parks or local theaters that will allow you to express your passion. Take a personality quiz and see what jobs are recommended for your personality type. Volunteer with different organizations and try a variety of jobs on for size. Keep searching until you find something that feels right to you.

Create a Sparkling Resume

A sparkling resume alone is not going to snag you your dream career, but it’s certainly going to set you in the right direction. If you’ve chosen your dream job, start researching resumes for other people in that industry. Look at their LinkedIN profiles and figure out what the people doing the job you want have in common. Likely, they have similar education and a similar skill set.

To make your resume stand out from the crowd, ditch Word’s standard templates and buy a unique, inexpensive template on Etsy. Artists there create resumes with color and professional formatting that will make you look like you know exactly what you’re doing. All you need is good word-smithing and you’re well on your way to your dream job.

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Always Be Networking

If you know exactly what your dream job is, the best thing you can do to ensure you land it is to network. You should be making an effort to meet at least two people who can help you with your career every week. You should be following people on LinkedIN who already do your dream job. Heading to job fairs and landing interviews is an important part of this process, too.

You can network anywhere. If you’re still in college, network with your professors and students in the same major field. Ask them to make introductions for you. Don’t feel like you’re imposing by making this request—you will return the favor later when you’re in the position to help someone in your industry.

Jarell and I have even networked at the grocery store. You never know when you’re going to meet someone who can help you along your path. Always be ready. If you have an online portfolio, spend a few dollars to have business cards made with your contact info and a link to your portfolio so you can hand them out during “surprise” networking conversations. Always be ready to make a connection.

Be Persistent

The concept of GRIT is making its way in the conference circle right now, so make sure you are persistent and know what employers want from their employees. You will face setbacks—they are part of life. How you handle those setbacks largely determines how successful you are in life and your career. Persevere over your obstacles at every opportunity.

This summer, to work on your persistence, find an inspiration of some sort. Find a role model who was successful and beat the odds. Having this will help you keep focused in the tough times.

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We all hear a lot about “following our bliss” and pursuing our dream job in today’s world of upbeat songs and Instagram inspirational photos.

This is, of course, a good thing. Everyone wants to do something that they enjoy and find meaningful, with their lives, and it’s definitely better to put yourself out there and to try your best at a worthwhile goal than to leave it alone and forever wonder if you could have made it up.

But what does it take to really pursue your dream job, anyway? If you wanted to know how to become an air ambulance paramedic, or a successful author, what would you need to know? And how would you go about turning those dreams into reality?

Here are a few traits you’ll need to pursue your dream job and have a good chance of achieving it, too.

Awareness and Insight

The first thing you need in order to achieve your dream job is awareness and insight.

You need to spend a good deal of time thinking about what exactly you want to achieve with your life, and how you want to spend your time. This has to be something that is deeply personal to you.

If you think you may kind of want to be a millionaire, because you know that millionaires can buy a lot of nice stuff, then you’re not approaching this exercise with the right mindset.

Once you’ve identified your dream job, analyze yourself. What character traits will you need in order to achieve this dream? And which negative habits and traits will you need to let go of in order to make it work?

Courage and Commitment

Pursuing something big, ambitious, and statistically unlikely to succeed, is a daunting task. In order to keep your spirits up, and to drive on through and win against the odds, you’ll need courage and commitment.

You’ll need to remind yourself on a regular basis why you want to achieve this goal, and you’ll need to visualize and feel it, deeply.

You’ll also need to have enough grit to push on through when the days are grinding, and when progress seems slow or nonexistent.

In other words, you’ll need the courage the venture out into the unknown, day after day, and the commitment to keep moving towards your goal when the road proves bumpier than you expected.

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Humility and Patience

Various life coaches, productivity gurus, and self-help figures will use the term “beginner’s mind” to refer the kind of mindset you should adopt to have the greatest possible chance of success in your undertakings.

The idea here is that you’re humble enough to assume you don’t know everything, and to be open to learning, both from other people, and from your experiences themselves.

This kind of humility is essential in pursuing and winning your dream job, because you will always be journeying from a place of less competence to a place of more competence, and leaving behind some of your preconceptions en route.

You will also need the patience to absorb the learning experiences presented by mishaps and unexpected events.

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What is a “dream job” to you? Is it the ability to work doing something you love, or is it just a job that provides financial freedom and stable income to you? Everyone has their own idea of what a dream job is, but what people often don’t realize is just how simple it can be to obtain it.

We’re not saying that it’s necessarily easy to land yourself a dream job. However, the steps you take to achieve it can be rather simple as long as you have the right plan and motivation. In this article, we’ll be discussing how you can achieve your dream job as long as you’re willing to work towards it.

1. Define Your Dream Job

Your dream job should be a part of your dream life; it’s something that you can do without thinking “ugh, Monday mornings” and it’s something you can integrate with your lifestyle. Think about the people you want to meet, the skills you want to use and the things that interest you. Brainstorm them if you have to and connect the dots to find what could be your dream job. If you don’t have an idea of the type of work you want to do for the better part of your life, then it’s going to be hard finding a source of inspiration for your dream job. In short, have a good think about what you consider to be a fantastic career opportunity and keep a note of it.

2. Start Clearing Hurdles

Once you’ve identified your dream job, it’s time to start thinking about the hurdles that are preventing you from achieving it. Is it because you don’t have the right qualifications, or is it because you have a criminal record that is preventing you from being hired? When dealing with a lack of qualifications, it’s simply a case of studying hard and learning new skills to help you find your dream job. This can involve online lessons or you might be able to land an apprenticeship in your industry of choice.

For criminal records, you can consider services such as DuffyLawCT.com/state-crimes/expungement/ to help you clean your record. Expungement will help you find better job opportunities and will make it easier for you to pass initial checks that employers typically carry out on new employees.

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3. Build Your Support System

Once you’ve identified and cleared the hurdles, it’s time to look for support. Support can come in a variety of different forms. For instance, some people consider emotional support to be the most important kind, and others believe that networking can help you find better job opportunities and can help you get your foot in the door. This guide at HelpGuide.org can teach you how to make use of networking opportunities to actually find new jobs and build relationships.

While getting a dream job is in no way easy, it’s also not the hardest thing in the world assuming you have the right support and mindset to achieve it.