How to find that dream job
Everyday millions of Brits go to work to a job that isn’t the one they dreamed off.
It’s a harsh reality of life that very few of us ever get the ‘dream job’ we always wanted.
Research undertaken by UK-based Kin Communications revealed that ONLY FIVE PERCENT of the workforce are in their dream job.
That’s a lot of unhappy people going to work!
It isn’t that people don’t want to find the ‘happy ever after’ job that will make them content, it is just that admit to being held back by fears and anxieties in pursuit of securing that dream role.
Things like financial uncertainty, the embarrassment of being at the bottom of the career ladder and the fear of unsupportive family and friends deters individuals from seeking new employment.
The research also discovered 20 per cent of people were concerned an age barrier may impact their likelihood of securing a new job and 10 per cent said they did not have the confidence to job hunt.
By contrast, LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner posed the question to Americans, which revealed that 22 per cent consider themselves in their dream job. Not huge, but considerably more than here in the UK.
His findings suggested that age was an important factor. Those that had been in the workforce longer were more likely to be in their dream as they had climbed the ladder or made alternative career choices.
None of this will be comfortable reading for bosses as ‘unhappy’ workers are hardly the most productive.
As for employees, well it is possible to get the job you dreamed off – but it will take time, desire and persistence.
There is plenty of advice online, while there are also ‘career counsellors’ to assist. Here’s a selection of the best advice that could pave the way to securing that dream job.
- Declutter. We all suffer from doing tasks that take up time. Ditch what you don’t love to spend time finding what work you do love doing.
- Mindset. This is crucial if you are going to succeed. You must believe that the dream job is out there and then focus and have the confidence to take the steps to get it. If work is just work – then you’ve got a long road ahead.
- Consider your dream LIFE. What is your motivation? What does the dream job look like – home or office based, creative or physical, alone or in a team, your own business or working for one. What are the rewards? More flexibility, less stress, more you time.
- Have a plan. If you want to succeed you need to have a strategy and be organised. Refresh your CV and practice interview scenarios. This will give focus and confidence but remember to review it and potentially get a second opinion to ensure it is delivering.
- Consider professional support. Recruitment agencies and their staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience that can help you in your quest.
- Don’t give up. It is very easy to quit if you are getting knocked back. Instead, take stock, reassess and go again.