Tips For Finding “The One”
We cannot stress this enough. You should love your job (most days). It should bring you happiness and joy. But how do you find a job you love?
We spend a significant portion of our lives working. If you are employed in a full-time position working 40 hours per week, you’re spending right under 1/4th of your total week working. Knowing that, are you happy with your current job? Are you happy in your current career path?
Every single job has positives and negatives. There are going to be days that are fun and fly by and there will inevitably be days that push you to your limit and drag. The positives should outweigh the negatives! We cannot stress this enough. You should love your job (most days). It should bring you happiness and joy.
But how do you find a job you love?
How do you find your perfect job?
1. Figure out your strengths and interests
Have you taken the time to brainstorm what your dream job and career path are? If not, stop what you are doing and set aside an hour to think about it. Start by making a list of your strengths and passions. What do you love doing?
Make a list and throw everything on it. Playing video games, hanging out with friends, sports, music, creating videos for Tik Tok… write it all down! After you’re finished, look at each and think about WHY you love doing it. Do you love the strategy of solving problems while playing video games? Are you outgoing and love being around people? Are you creative and enjoy showcasing your talent?
Breaking down the activities you love into the reason why you love doing them is what will help guide you to your dream job. You might not land your dream of being paid to create Tik Tok videos all day, but if you know you love the creative process and showcasing your talent, you can find a job that enables you to incorporate it. And who knows, you might end up at a small local business where you can help run the social media accounts and create videos while on the job!
2. What are your most important requirements for a job?
Take an honest assessment of your life. What are the most important things you need to enjoy where you are working?
Are you a student or single parent who needs flexibility in hours?
Do you hate getting up early in the morning?
Do you need a full-time, part-time, or shift-based job?
Are you looking for certain benefits?
What is your maximum commute time?
Do you like to work in a customer-service oriented position or behind the scenes?
List out your non-negotiable requirements. It is best to know what you personally need vs. want in a job. This will save you from wasting your time applying to jobs that aren’t going to be a good fit.
3. Go in person to check it out
Before submitting an application, head to the location and check it out for yourself. Notice how guests are treated. Notice how the employees are acting. If you crave an exciting environment and you walk into a sterile quiet store, you will know instantly this probably isn’t the best fit for you! Ask the folks currently working what it is like (pro tip: ask for their favorite and least favorite part!).
Take the time to go in person and check out the atmosphere. Trust your gut! If you aren’t getting good vibes, get out and move onto the next!
4. Interview Them - two-way process!
Interviews can be nerve-wracking. Try your best to remember an interview is a two-way process. You are also interviewing them! As much as you want the hiring manager to like you and offer you a job, don’t forget to ask the right questions to make sure this employer and location is the perfect fit for you!
Talk about your strengths and passions. Ask what opportunities are available to use these in the role. Go through your list of non-negotiable qualifications to determine what the employer can offer. This is your shot to lay all your cards on the table. It is better to know upfront what benefits and flexibility are available to you.
Note: You might find out all your non-negotiables aren’t addressed, or your passions don’t line up perfectly. This is the moment you can ask about the career path for the position! Perhaps the next step will have more available to you. ASK! If the position has a pathway leading to a role that fits your perfect job, you’re on the right track!
5. Don’t give up hope!
The reality is, you might not find your perfect job right away. Keep your ears and eyes open and constantly looking. You can start somewhere. Everything is a stepping stone to the next moment in your career, you are not stuck or fixed in place! Make the most of your time and do your job well so you develop the skills and experience you need to make the next leap towards finding a job you love!