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How to Find Your Dream Job

A job is something most of us have. Those that don’t have one work themselves to the bone to try and find one. We need a job to generate income for ourselves so we can eat, live, and play. From the time we were little kids, the world has been asking us to figure out what it is we want to do with our lives. “What do you want to be when you grown up?” Well, you finally accomplished what you thought was impossible and grew up. You found a job and are working full-time, meaning 2,080 hours of every year you are putting in work for a company or for yourself. With that kind of investment, don’t you feel as though you should be putting in work to support your dream job?

We hear the words “dream job” all the time, but it’s also an idea we tend to push into the back of our minds because we believe it is unachievable and as mythic as a centaur. However unreal a half-horse half-man may be, a dream job is a realistic thing and is achievable by most. The tricky part is deciphering what exactly you think your dream job is and what you are willing to do to accomplish it. A dream job is not just a job that makes you happy and pays well, but is generally something you choose to do because you have a deep-rooted passion for it- even if it doesn’t pay quite as nice as the job you work at just to have a job and a paycheck. A dream job is a job that enlivens you and reaffirms that you are doing what you want to do and makes you feel as though you know what you are supposed to be doing with your life. A dream job makes you happy and although it may be rough at times, as any job is, it is what you want to be doing with your life every day of every week of every month.

Finding your dream job usually involves pairing what you are passionate about and love with what you are good at and talented in. This is easy to say but actually doing it is difficult and takes much time for most. Of course, there aren’t any hardcore tips I can give that would help you find your dream job tomorrow. Discovering what your dream job is has to come from within and is something you have to think about for a while, on your own. However, I can provide you with a few things to think about as you try find your dream job.

Think About Your Current Job
If you are staring off into space listlessly everyday at work dreaming of what you wish you could be doing instead, then chances are you’re not currently working at your dream job. Before you can find your dream job, or any new job for that matter, you have to take a look at your current job and understand what it is you like and do not like about this kind of work. At the end of the day, are you happy with your work or do you feel as though your talents are being wasted or pushed aside? Do you feel morally sound doing what you do or is it difficult to look yourself in the face everyday? Does your job make you happy? Each morning, do you find that you are excited to go to work or are you dragging your heels each day to get back to the dreaded office? These are important questions that you must ask yourself and the answers will help you decide what you want and don’t want out of your daily work. Do you live to work or do you work to live? I’ve never been a very big fan of making lists to solve problems, but it is a good idea to sit down with yourself and make a list of the things you want out of a job and the things you want to accomplish everyday. What do you love and what are you good at? Understanding these two things will put you steps closer to finding your dream job.

Skills
Think about what skills you have and what skills are required for your dream job. Do you already posses the skills needed for your dream job? If not, are the needed skills things that you can learn on your own or will you have to take extra measures to pick these skills up? This is where the difficulty in finding your dream job starts to show. Having the job you dream of won’t just land in front of your face. You’ll likely have to work hard to achieve it, much like anything else that is worth doing.

Family
If you are single and living on your own then you don’t really have to think about how switching careers will effect others around you. If you are married though and/or have children, then switching careers will likely have to be something you discuss with your spouse. Changing your job to your dream job could mean that you have to take a pay cut. This may be fine with you, since you will be doing what you love, but is your spouse OK with this? Will you be able to help support your family with your new career choice? These are things that you have to think about and be ready to tackle in order to transition and find your dream job.

Search For Your Dream Job
Once you figure out what the job titles may be for your dream job, start doing a search to see if these jobs are in your area. It’s a great idea to talk to other people that already hold this kind of job in order to learn more details about the kind of work that is involved. Ask about the good aspects of the job as well as the bad parts. A dream job doesn’t mean that you are going to be exuberant each and every day you work. That kind of idea is mythical and likely does not exist. There are issues with every job, no matter what, so ask and talk about what they are and make sure you can see yourself in this kind of work.

Finding and landing your dream job is not like walking a gilded path into the sunlit, fluffy clouds in the sky. It will be a bit difficult and you will have to work at achieving your goals, like anything else. However, if finding your dream job is truly what you want to do then you are likely prepared to walk the beaten path to find and accomplish it. If you have already deciphered what kind of job title your dream job has, you can start to look for it on Spark Hire, the newest job search platform that integrates video technology in order to help you stand out in the crowd. Take a minute and sign up with Spark Hire so you can start work on landing your dream job today.

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Nicole Nicholson

Nicole is the Content Editor for Spark Hire and mainly writes for and edits the work for the Spark News blog. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Journalism from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She has a passion for writing, editing, and pretty much anything to do with content. In her free time she frequents the Chicago music scene and writes reviews on shows for her own personal blog. Connect with Nicole and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter