21st June 2022

Elements to Consider When Looking for Your Dream Job

If you had to describe your dream job in specific detail, could you? Many of us have a vague idea of what we want in a career, but it can be difficult to come up with a concrete picture of what it looks like. This can make pursuing your dream job a challenge.

If you find yourself wondering how to find your dream job, or even what makes a good job in the first place, you’re not alone. It can be hard to figure out what’s most important. According to Inc. Life, there are some essential components to consider when searching for that dream job.

Find a Career That’s Engaging

If you’ve ever found yourself saying, “my job is boring,” then you know how much impact boredom can have on job satisfaction and engagement. Inc. Life says that boredom “is the biggest happiness killer at work,”, even above high stress and low pay. If a job doesn’t make you want to be there, it’s not the right fit. After all, we know there’s a relationship between employee engagement and job satisfaction, and a boring job just isn’t going to cut it.

No matter in what field your dream job belongs, there are a few elements that it should have in order to remain engaging. It should include a “variety of tasks, clearly defined goals, some freedom in how you perform those tasks, and feedback to let you know how you’re doing.”. If it has these characteristics, it’s safe to say that you’ll enjoy your work much more. After all, we know engaged employees have a positive emotional connection to their jobs, and feel a sense of purpose.

Find a Career That Makes a Difference

There is evidence that clearly points to the positive effects of helping others. Though compensation and benefits matter, so does the feeling that your work is serving others. Jobs that help others can look very different; mindset plays a large role in how you view the purpose of your work. A baker who makes a wedding cake for a happy couple can be just as fulfilled in their work as a doctor who performs a life-saving surgery.

As you determine how you want to make a difference, it’s also important to consider the values of the companies with which you want to work. Do they offer a work-life balance that fits your goals? Will they compensate you with what you consider fair pay? Narrow down what matters to you and do some research into the values of the companies you’re interested in to see if they align with one another.

Find a Career That’s a Good Fit For You

It may seem obvious, but a key factor in your search for your dream job is finding a career that aligns with who you are, what you like, and how you operate. Let’s look briefly at a job versus a career: according to BioSpace, a job is focused on the short-term necessity of bringing home a paycheck, while a career has a long-term focus on a specific area or industry. If you want to find a dream job that lasts, one that you can see yourself doing long term, you have to be sure that it is a good fit for you.

You must take your passions into account, but you should also find out what you’re good at and use this to narrow down your search. “Skills trump interests” according to a study cited by Inc. Life. Of course, it’s important to love what you do, but it’s hard to love something that is constantly too challenging or overwhelming.

With that said, how do you find a job that fits your skills? It’s not as hard as it may sound. The first step is to simply determine what skills you have. If you want help with this, consider something akin to a productivity style assessment. Once you know how you work best, you can begin to figure out what strengths you possess. Also consider the feedback you’ve received in your current or previous positions, looking for signs that you are doing well at your job. This can help you see what skills you have that you’ve already been using.

Find a Career Where You Have Helpful Colleagues

We all want to like the people we work with, but Inc. Life indicates that it’s actually most important to feel like you can get help from your colleagues when issues arise. The most productive feedback we get often comes from people who are the most different from us. As long as you are surrounded by co-workers who are trying to help you grow and are available to help when needed, you can have an enjoyable work environment.

Find a Career Where Most Aspects are Agreeable to You

No job is perfect, not even your dream job, but you don’t have to settle for a one that has major downsides. Surprisingly, it’s not even about more money and less stress; some key things to look for include: reasonable hours, a doable commute, fair pay, and basic job security. If you can count on these aspects, you’re probably in a pretty good place. Just make sure to do your research on fair compensation for your experience level, education, and location. You’ll now have a better understanding of what careers can support the lifestyle you want.

So, What’s Next?

If you feel like your job isn’t working for you, don’t give up on it quite yet. Go through this list and see which items it checks off and which ones it doesn’t. You might be surprised! Your dream job may be closer than you think

Also, take some time to check out my book “Own It. Love It. Make It Work.” for insight on how to make any job your dream job. You may not have to walk away from the job you have right now. It’s within your power to create your dream job from what you have already, and I’d love to help you do that! Be sure to check out my blog at https://www.workingsimply.com/blog/ for more guidance on this topic.