If you’re unemployed, or stuck working in a dead-end job that doesn’t challenge you or interest you, it’s hard to feel satisfied with your life. The weekends are never long enough if you’re always dreading going back to work on Monday, and it feels like you’ll never get ahead. However, you’ve got skills that are worth something to someone – so start looking for the job you want.
Check out these tips to help you land your dream job, and start sending out resumes. Before you know it, you’ll be looking forward to your alarm clock going off each morning.
Get to know yourself.
Sure, you know you’re not happy where you’re at – but the first step to landing your dream job is figuring out what would make you happy. Look at the way you like to work, and think about what kinds of things you’d want to do even as a volunteer. Find jobs that line up with those desires, and even start visiting those kinds of workplaces to get more information about what kind of jobs are available there.
Touch up your resume.
Don’t just list your past work experience, think about how that experience has helped prepare you for the new position you’re hoping to get. Customer relations, project management, sales, and even knowledge about technology can easily be applied from one industry to another – meaning that even a seemingly unrelated bit of work experience can actually get you further down the path to your dream job, if you present it in the right way.
It might be hard to land your dream job right off the bat, so keep in mind that you might have to work your way there. But once you know what industry you want to be and what eventual title you’re hoping to hold, you can start at the bottom with whatever position you can get and start showing the higher-ups that you’ve got what it takes for a promotion.
You might need to do a part-time internship, or even take some extra classes on the weekend to get your skills and experience up – but don’t let that deter you. Any step along the way to achieving your goals is worth it.
It’s easy to stay in an unsatisfying job just because it’s safe and comfortable. Keep your eyes on the prize and don’t settle for just any position simply because it’s steady work. If you want a career that you’re passionate about, continue looking for ways to get there – build your network of contacts, attending industry events, and take personal development opportunities whenever they come up.
Keep your expectations in check.
Even if you do manage to snag the dream job you’re looking for, everything won’t magically fall into place around it. You’ll probably still have to deal with annoying co-workers, tight deadlines, troublesome clients – but if you’re doing valuable work that you enjoy, all those things will be a little easier to deal with.