Finding and Landing Your Dream Job: How to Pinpoint Your Passion
This is the place where we usually give you advice on how to get your dream job – how to look and act the part with a professional appearance and impressive resume. And don’t get us wrong, those things are absolutely vital. But this month, we wanted to step back and address an issue a lot of job-seekers overlook or vastly under-prioritize; before diving into how to get your dream job, you first need to evaluate what your dream job is.
There are multiple factors that go into a person’s decision to pursue a certain career path. Of those, we’ve identified the top three things that seem to collectively form a basic formula for determining what kind of job will be truly fulfilling. Take a moment to chew on these and think about how the answers to these questions might help you in your job search:
1. What do you love to do?
Not what can you tolerate doing. Not what have you always done. What do you love? What do you find yourself getting excited over, no matter how many times you’ve done it? If you spend your time off finding and watching independent films, you might get excited about a job in movie production. If you blew your last paycheck on a new camera to chronicle adventures in your city, maybe your passion lies in photojournalism. The answer to this question can be a little tricky, but it is important. If you’re passionate about what you’re doing, you’re far more likely to be engaged and excited throughout the application and interview process. A little prep time up front will save you time wasted on applying to jobs you’re really not interested in pursuing. This question is truly the cornerstone of this discovery process: although you can get better at certain skills through hard work, you can’t fake what you’re passionate about.
2. What are you really good at?
Everyone has natural talents that may or may not automatically fall in areas that interest them. This may be something you were good at in school, like math or writing. Those talents are typically pretty easily identified (i.e. “I always got straight A’s in algebra.”) Other talents might be harder to recognize, but still valuable and important. Are you good at planning parties, from picking delicious food choices to making sure you stay on budget to the penny? Are you the mediator in your group of friends because you can maintain a cool head no matter the situation? These are great skills that will serve you well in many career capacities.
3. How can you monetize your talents and passions?
Now comes the hard part – how can you weave together what you’re good at and what you love doing into something that an employer will pay you to do? Again, sometimes the answer is obvious. You love independent films and have a knack for shooting and editing video into fun, exciting sequences, so you apply for a job in film production. Other times it takes a little creativity: maybe you’ve always loved playing video games but never imagined that could be a viable career path, when, in fact, video game companies are constantly looking for designers and testers. Change the way you think about your hobbies and your interests, and the answer might be closer than you realize.
Once you’ve taken some time to look within yourself and figure out what you could see yourself doing long-term, start looking for jobs that might be in your field of interest. Have you ever passed over a job listing because the position title wasn’t flashy enough for you? Start your search with fresh eyes – you never know when you’re missing out on something you’d really love because it doesn’t fit into a preconceived notion of what you’ve always thought you wanted to do.
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