January 5 2018
Many in the US workforce struggle to find a job that they love. Most times, it’s not lack of pay that drives this. Instead, it comes from a perceived lack of value in their work. Many employees are in search of something more fulfilling when it comes to their career development.
In fact, a recent study conducted by Gallup indicated that over 70% of workers are not engaged in their job. Arizona firm Ignite indicates that only 5% of American workers are in the correct job and that 80% of workers between 23 and 28 would like to change jobs.
Whether you’re a college student unsure of your future or an employee unsatisfied with your current role, consider these tips to help you find a job you love.
Reflect And Evaluate
The most important part of finding a job you love is first understanding yourself. You should take time to reflect on your career development to this point. What has gotten you here? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What do you like about your current job? What don’t you like? What would you like out of your next position?
It’s also important to understand your lifestyle priorities. Are you someone who likes structure? Or would you prefer flexible hours? How would you utilize a work-life balance?
This reflection has to come from within. As much as you’d like to rely on them for help, your friends and family cannot determine what’s important to you and what you value. You should search deep within yourself, and challenge yourself to come up with answers to difficult questions.
You should explore what your passions are. Ask yourself, “If I won the lottery tomorrow, how would I spend the rest of my time? What job would I pay to do?”
Trust Your Network
Although your friends and family cannot help you reflect, they can help you after the fact. Your peers and professional connections can help you with your job search, no matter what industry they’re in. You should reach out and maintain contact with your network because you never know when a new opportunity will emerge.
From your professional network, you should pick a mentor. This individual should be someone that you trust and respect. Your mentor can help you make sense of the results of your self-reflection, and point you in the right direction with advice about what industries to pursue. Your mentor may even be able to put you in contact with people who work within your desired industry. If your mentor vouches for you, it will instantly boost your credibility.
Consider Your Long-Term Vision
You should outline your career development for the long-term, and map out what it’s going to take for you to reach your ultimate goals. You should be realistic, and set goals that are achievable and tangible. Plotting your long-term career development can help you focus your job search. Knowing that you are working toward your long-term career goals can help you love your job.