According to Georgene Huang in her Forbes article “Most Employees Don’t Hate Their Jobs,” the majority of employees aren’t engaged at work. But when you think about it, you spend around 40 hours a week working — so wouldn’t it be great if you could find a job you can fall in love with?
Fortunately, finding that dream job isn’t as challenging as you might think, as long as you follow these six steps:
Determine which job is right for you. In her article “Top 5 Tips for Finding a Job You Will Love” for The Balance Careers, Alison Doyle advises that it can be helpful to take a career quiz or speak with a career coach to find a good match. Keep in mind that even if you know what sector you want to work in, there may be jobs you haven’t heard of yet.
Do your research about the job. Once you’ve decided on a job, find out what duties it entails so you gain insights as to what your days would look like. For example, if you’re interested in becoming an administrative assistant, look at some job postings to see what responsibilities you’d have. You can also reach out to your connections — either in person or on LinkedIn — to ask them for more information.
Create an employer shortlist. Where you work can have as much impact on your job satisfaction as the job itself. In his
article “The Brutal Truth About Finding the Job You Love That few People Are Willing to Admit,” Jeff Haden advises looking into a number of different employers to find out what their company cultures are like, what types of projects they undertake, and whether or not they offer opportunities for advancement. Based on this information, select your top five employers.
Ask for referrals. Many job openings aren’t ever published, so if you know people at your top five companies, ask them for referrals. Then reach out to the hiring managers in question with a customized cover letter and résumé.
Prepare a pitch. The most important thing a hiring manager wants to know is what you can contribute to the company. Before going to an interview, spend some time putting together a pitch on how your skills and qualifications will benefit the organization. For example, if you’re applying for a marketing position, create a proposal that leverages channels the company currently doesn’t use.
State your preparedness to learn. Ask the hiring manager if there are any skills you need to learn in order to do the job well and assure him or her that you’re more than willing to acquire those skills.
Finding a job you can fall in love with might take some time. However, it offers the benefits that you’ll be happy and therefore less inclined to move on to another position. Last, but certainly not least, when the job and the company are a good match for you, you’re much more likely to be successful — and that in turn will help you advance your career.