You can find an hourly job that you love.
There was a point in my life where I didn't believe the above statement. I applied for jobs, and nobody called. I emailed employers, and they didn't respond. I reached a point of desperation where I was willing to work almost any job. Have you been there?
I've learned from hourly workers all across the country who have found jobs they love. I've spent the last two months traveling across the United States apprenticing hourly workers. I listen, I watch and I learn. Now I want to share with you what I've learned. I want to help you avoid the trap of "finding any job that pays". If you're trying to find a job that does more than pay the bills, follow the steps below and you're sure to find an hourly job that you'll love.
First, let me paint a picture.
My hourly job this week was in Idaho Falls at a music shop. I worked with Juan, who is a musician and plays every instrument you could possibly imagine. His dream is to be a rockstar. But he realizes right now he has to make money while pursuing that dream. So, he works at a music shop.
"I never feel like I'm having to come to work. I love being around music."
Juan's dream is not to work in a music retail shop. However, because it relates to a bigger dream he has, he thoroughly enjoys his time at work. He is around music, something he loves.
Also, he is able to practice instruments in his downtime when there are no customers around. This means he has found a job that allows him to work on his craft of music, while also making money. He genuinely loves his job, and even taught me a few licks on the guitar.
Juan is not the exception, but the rule. I've discovered more and more workers who have found jobs that help push them towards a bigger picture.
What's the key takeaway here? Find a job that helps you work towards a larger dream or vision and learn to love the work you do.
Here are some steps you can take in order to find an hourly job that you love.
1. Write down your dream job.
Figure out what your dream is and write down the skills you would need in order to achieve it.
2. Research jobs in your area on Snagajob and make a list of open job opportunities that will help you develop the skills you wrote down in step one.
Example: Juan has to develop people skills in order to mesh with his band. Working in a retail store allows him to interact with a range of personalities and teaches him how to resolve conflict by working with customers. The techniques he learns working with customers will better help him work with the "egos" of band mates (his words, not mine!).
3. Only apply to jobs that are on your list.
This is important! It's not a numbers game, the more jobs you apply to doesn't necessarily mean you have a better chance of being hired. That's not how you find a job you love.
4. In your application, explain to your future employer the reason why you are applying to the job.
You're applying because you want to develop certain skills the job will help learn. This will be a great indicator for anyone who is looking to hire you. It lets them know you're serious about the position and want to better yourself.
5. Don't be afraid to pour a bit of passion into your email, phone call, or preferably, in person application you are handing in.
You may be working this job while going after another passion, this position means more than just making a buck to you. When an employer sees passion, they recognize that you really want the position, not just a paycheck. Wouldn't you rather hire someone who was more passionate about getting the job?
These steps are tested and proven to help job seekers find jobs they enjoy. But, it takes hard work and a lot of mental drive to think about these steps and put them into action. Not many are willing to do the work, are you?
Are you having trouble with any of these steps? If so, I would love to help. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll do my best to offer up any suggestions that would be helpful. I'll respond to every request.
Happy job seeking,