How to Figure
Out What Your Dream Job Is
I am really
confused about what I want to do with my career. I'm 32 and I've worked
at several different types of jobs and still have not found happiness.
What suggestions do you have for finding my "dream job?".
in Los Angeles
First of all,
relax and know that your career is actually a work-in-progress.
You can invent or re-invent yourself as much as you need to in order to
find the work you love. Granted, it doesn't look great on a resume to have
several vastly different jobs listed, but if you look for the common
threads, I'll bet you will find some - and those are your first
clues on the path to your "dream job."
I often ask
my clients to try and imagine their dream job, even if at first
none of the details seem to make sense. "You mean you want me to
imagine that I could actually get this kind of job?" they ask incredulously.
"Not only can you get this kind of job," I tell them, "but I want you to
tell me all about it."
They then proceed
to describe everything from what they're doing to why they are so
excited about getting up in the morning to go to this wonderful place.
Some even tell me how the furniture is positioned and still others describe
the wall colors!
How can you
figure out what your dream job really is? Take a few minutes right
now to experience it. Focus on the details, and write them
down. Putting your dream job in writing will take you one step
closer to achieving it.
Here are some
questions to get you started:
When you are
traveling to or from your current job, what do you dream about doing instead?
there any other companies along the way whose parking lot you'd rather
be pulling into?
What are you
doing at this incredibly "fab" job? What kinds of things make it so
fun and exciting - and how do those things fit in with what you've already
What kind of
boss and co-workers are working with you at this "dream job?" Why do
you really like these folks?
What kind of
place is it that you're working in? Describe the environment in the
most detail you possibly can.
Don't sweat it
if you don't have immediate answers yet to all of these questions. As you
get clearer on your "dream job" and all of its fab details, you will find
it easier to form your answers - and your dream job could well become a
What makes you
so excited about going to this "dream job?" What makes it seem most
unlike a "job" and most like what you really want to do?
by Katina Z.
Katina Z. Jones
is President of Going Places Self-Promotions, Inc., a nontraditional resume
service for both corporate and individual clients with an unprecedented
98% success rate in securing interviews. Katina is author of career books
such as The Adams Businesses You Can Start Almanac (Adams Media
Corp., 1996), Succeeding with Difficult People (Longmeadow Press,
1991) and co-author of the forthcoming
The Women's Guide to Running
an Exceptional Business. She is an award-winning journalist and has
written hundreds of articles for major newspapers.
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