CAREER EXPERT feat Chris Mead | Issue 68 of HEADHUNT

Dear Chris,

I have been in the workforce for 6 years and still don’t know exactly what path I want to take with my career. Like everyone I am looking for my dream job, I just don’t know what it is. How do I work this out so I can get some direction?

Thanks,

Stanley


 

Dear Stanley,


Over the years I’ve heard many people talking about finding their dream job. For some it’s about getting paid alot of money to do something that is completely unrealistic but for many they have no idea what their dream job would be let alone finding it.

There are no quick answers however here are a few things you can do to help you find your way.

 

List your skills

You need to think big picture and consider not only what professional experience you have, but also your talents and your hobbies. List the things you are good and highlight those you enjoy doing.

 

Describe your personality

To help you determine what type of career you are best suited for, think about your personality traits. Are you meticulous with an eye for detail or are you strategic with a big picture view? Do you enjoy working in a team or do you prefer to work on your own?

 

List your priorities

What is most important to you in your career and what are your values? Are you looking for a career that challenges and rewards you or do you want a slow-paced job with little responsibility?  Should it be something you are passionate about and inspired by? Is money more important to you than work/life balance? Is location an issue – are you willing to move for your dream job?

 

Identify what your dream job isn’t

Make a list of jobs you don’t want to do. Here you should not only think about roles but also what things you are not willing to compromise on such as hours worked, pay and location. Consider also how the job shouldn’t make you feel, for example your dream job wouldn’t undermine your values or takes you away from the things that are important to you in life.

 

Define your dream job

Now you know what your dream job isn’t it is time to determine what it is. Asking the right questions is key. Start with these:

• Who/what would you like to work with?

• Where do you want to work?

• What type of tasks do you want to work on?

• What type of work will make you truly happy? This could be anything from working with animals to working

 with computers.

 

Arriving at this point could take some time but once you do you’ll have a loose description of your dream job.

 

Plan to snag your dream job

Once you know what your dream job is, you just need to develop a plan to get it.

• Research – the industry and the knowledge and skills you need

• Network – get to know people in the industry. Not only will this help you get a better understanding of this industry it will put you in contact with potential employers.

• Action – If you don’t already have the skills, how do you get them? Will you need training? Maybe you just need to update your resume to highlight a different skill set you already have.

I hope these tips help you. For further advice please contact us here at Hays as we work with people every day to connect them with the right job.

Best of luck!


Regards,

Chris Mead

General Manager

HAYS Singapore

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