In today's economy, many people have given up hope of finding their dream job. A recent survey estimates that nearly seventy-five percent of employees are still in search of their dream job. Sadly, most stay put for fear of leaving the stability of their existing jobs. The truth is stability in the workplace is hard to come by these days regardless of whether you are the new kid on the block or a tenured veteran.
If you're yearning to do something different than what you are doing now, here's how to begin the process to search out your dream job.
- It is best to chose and pursue "career of your choice" from the beginning; if not then change it at the early stage of your career, when you have limited income and liabilities with plenty of job opportunities. However, making a move in career at the advance stage could be a risky affair.
- You should not get lure with the existing job market situation i.e. jumping into the boom, but you should plan a career based on your qualities, abilities and interest; aiming at the top slot in the particular field. Please note that every industry has its up and down trends.
- You should begin plotting a career move by thinking through and writing down your values. Be sure to include things that are really important to you.
- Next, identify your skills and talents. Skills are something you've learned to do. Talent is something you were born with. More often than not, people enjoy doing things that come naturally to them. Keep this in mind as you build your skills and talents list.
- Then research careers that interest you through business magazines or the internet. Talk to people who are working in your career of interest. While conducting your research you should also examine industry trends. Is your desired industry projected to grow, or is it experiencing a downturn? This information can be found in many trade journals or on Web sites dedicated to the field of interest.
- When conducting your research, keep in mind that salary is an important consideration. The dream job should also help you to achieve and maintain the living standard you have in mind.
- Finally, list the factors that have kept you from moving toward your dream job. These factors may include a lack of training or education, the desire to pay off debt, or family obligations. Map out a specific strategy for tackling each factor. For example, you could take advantage of an online/ correspondence degree program that offers flexibility and is affordable.
Today's job seeker is on a steep learning curve to successfully launch and sustain a career search process. But focusing upon one's career, skills, abilities and goals is not enough. The key issue to address is the company goals and job specs. At each step of the resume, selection/interview process, the job seeker is challenged to integrate the job specifications with his/her core competencies, fully demonstrating the connectivity between their skills and company needs. Therefore, you need to build your resume; update and fine tune from time to time and submit with an appropriate cover letter, when you would like to attempt for a dream job.