Are you looking through job listings and feel like you're just wandering in the desert? You need to set goals, and deadlines, and start figuring out where you want to go. In this section, you'll learn to find the right job for you.
Finding the Right Job
Okay, you may not realize why you're reading this. To find a job, right? Wrong. What you want -- what you really, really want -- is to find THE job. The job that suits your skills. The job that's right for you. One that's not only going to pay you well, but teach you well, and prepare you for bigger and better jobs to come. And, if you've got a career in mind, one that starts you on that journey.
Are you looking through job listings and feel like you're just wandering in the desert? That's because you are. You need to set goals, and deadlines, and start figuring out where you want to go. That way, the job you get will be the one you want, and not just the one you have.
- Think of your future. What is it that you really want to do with your time? With your life? Now take that general idea -- say, "working with animals" -- and start sculpting it into something more concrete.
- Do lots of research. Look into each of the professions you're interested in using search engines, government data and more, and get a handle on how much devotion and commitment it will take to get there. Do you have the resources -- time, money, energy -- to follow through? If not, you'll need to start doing some planning for those things, too. A great online tool to help you discover which occupation you might prefer is My Next Move.
- Evaluate yourself honestly. We know exactly what our worst qualities are. This is the part in your life where you address those problems, begin to control them and maybe even get rid of them.
- Grab the brass ring. Remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Well, now you've grown up. Don't disappoint the youngster that's still (and will always be) inside you. Once you've figured things out, go for it.
Here are a few additional tips that may help you discover the right job for your personality. Remember, at some point in time, the people living your dream career were in the same place you are now. They kept their eyes on the prize, and so should you.
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