CAREER EXPERT feat Chris Mead | Issue 68 of HEADHUNT
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?
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.
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?
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
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
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
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
• 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!