Snagging your Dream Job

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Does a “dream job” actually exist? Many people would probably argue that it does, but only for certain people. People who were in the right place at the right time that have the right qualifications. For some of us, that is how it works, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us cannot make it to our dream job.

For many of us, a dream job may mean something different. Whether it be the salary, benefits, flexible schedule, paid trips, you name it, there are certain things people look for in their dream job. However, the first thing to realize is that no job is going to be perfect. There will almost always be some give and take with any position you take.

Few people would admit that they are currently in the position they were dreaming of. There are steps we can take to help snag our dream job. Probably one of the best ways of doing this is going after jobs that don’t exist. That may not make sense, but really what that means is to make connections with other people who could use your skills. As Steve Jobs once said, people don’t know what they want until you give it to them. It is also important to keep in mind that while a resume can help get your foot in the door, your skills are what ultimately will get you ahead of others. If you have a great resume but can’t put forth results, you may not last long.

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Additionally, don’t be afraid to let yourself get lost in thought. Despite what we have been told for most of our life, daydreaming is not just a “waste of time,” it actually helps stimulate creativity. There was a study done that shows that letting our minds wander can help boost creativity. Not only does it get our “gray cells moving,” but it allows us to invision ourselves in a different place. If you can’t imagine yourself sitting behind a desk made with a huge slab of black walnut, then how can you expect to get yourself there? These wandering thoughts help us to learn more about ourselves and what it is that we love to do.

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Something that I have learned recently is that you shouldn’t be afraid to go the extra mile when you are doing a job for someone. Not only does this make sense from a business standpoint, but it is also backed by scripture. Matthew 5:41 reads: and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. I think this is a great way to see if you are really passionate about the work you are doing and for creating your dream job if it doesn’t already exist. Maybe you are working for a company doing something that you don’t hate, but you really want to do something that is more fulfilling. If you know what it is you want to do, don’t be afraid to just start doing it. It might mean that you have to do some extra work with little to no extra pay, but eventually the thing you enjoy doing might become your real job.

When trying to find our dream job, it is important not to get ahead of ourselves. It often takes multiple steps and will come with its fair share of difficulties. With that in mind, we shouldn’t give up our search just because we aren’t where we want to be right now. I believe that if we chase after the wrong things, we may never come to see our dream job wish come true. At the end of the day, if we can lean back and feel satisfied that we have accomplished something worthwhile, then we have made it. It shouldn’t solely be about the money, because otherwise we may never reach our goal, but having a sense of fulfillment and importance can go a long way with finding a career we love doing.

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