We talked through their concerns and issues and we built a plan to help them succeed in attracting their dream job. But before we get to the how, I have a few more things to add.
What I have learned through my own job/career search and my years of working one on one with clients is that working a job that you are not excited about and that does not fulfill you in some way, continues to drain your energy and block other great opportunities.
In my own career, I have worked jobs that have caused me more headaches than good. In 2008, after completing my graduate degree in Educational Psychology, I decided to take a full-time job while I was consulting, what I later learned is that the consulting job was interested in keeping me on board, but when they learned that I had taken another opportunity, they decided not to renew my contract…the new job I was on, was just a filler, not a position that really inspired me or supported my creative interest. In taking that job,(I was in the any old job will do mindset), I blocked my opportunity to continue to make good money at what I am really good at and enjoy; helping people and organizations transform the way they work.
Today more and more people are looking for that job or career that appeals to who they are; engaging and able to utilize their talents and skills. So what do you need to attract the job or career of your dreams? I have five tips that I think will benefit you in your process of doing what you are meant to do.
1. Know who you are- Discover your values, purpose, gifts, talents and skills. Take time to review things that drive you or give you energy or that matter to you most as well those things you are talented or skilled in. In coaching my clients I always take them through a values discovery process so that we are making sure to attract what is most important to them.
2. Know what you want-Review what is most important to you in your career and home life so that you can begin aligning your life with future opportunities. Answer the questions, what type of work are you looking to do? Who do you want to work or engage with? What hours do you want to work-4, 8 or 12 hours a day? Do you want to work in a small organization, a large office or secure a work from home position? How much money do you want to make—what do you need to sustain your needs?
3. Create an outstanding resume and cover letter that captures your skills, talents and experiences. This is one of the most important things you can do to make sure you are able to land an interview that will also help you land your dream job. Your resume should use a technique that include examples of accolades you've received and how you have been able to increase productivity or incorporate something new or innovative that helped your organization move forward or achieve their vision. Today, organizations are looking for people who care, people who really contribute and people who are not afraid to stand out or rise to a challenge. If this an area that you are struggle to capture effectively, schedule a time with me to talk about your needs and how I can best assist you.
4. Search for jobs that match what you are here to do with your life. From experience with my own situation, going after a job just because or just to fill space is not the focus I recommend. If you are in the job search market, you need to spend your time wisely by applying for the jobs you are drawn to.
5. Apply to jobs and organizations that you are really drawn to. Whenever you are looking to make a career or job change, you need to make sure you apply to what is most interesting and/or inviting to you. I worked with one client who just looked at jobs they were interested in and took no action. If you want to bring something different into your life as your career, then you have to apply to that different thing. You have to act and apply to be able to open your life and future career up to possibilities.
My bonus tip: Network with people you know by telling them what you are looking for and that you would love it if they would recommend you to a colleague or organization who they know is hiring for the job and/or career which you are looking to work within.
Do these steps and continue to search and apply for jobs that excite you. I always suggest to my clients that they treat applying for a job like they are keeping record of their finances. You must know who you are sending your information to, when you sent it and what the follow-up needs to be. Taking care of your applications in such a way helps you to know what you need to do in your follow-up. Getting to the job or career of your dreams will do many things for you such as increase your level of satisfaction, energize you, bring more wonderful opportunities into your life and help you begin to make the steps necessary live your life of purpose and help those who you most desire to help. The career of your dreams is just a few steps away. What will you do today to bring your dream career closer to you?