Many people are searching for a better job. Some want help in locating the perfect job or the perfect career path, others want help in writing their selection criteria and application and still others want to build their skills in interviews.
All of these are perfectly valid steps but they all are missing the most important beginning steps. YOU! When looking for the perfect job,
If you start with what jobs are available, you have given all your power and control away to other people, you are reacting rather than creating what you need to be fulfilled and happy. The possibility of a perfect match between you and your job falls dramatically, and you may end up yet another passenger in a corporation.
It is like looking for a love partner just in one place looking around a room, asking who is available and then moving in with the first person who puts their hand up. You wouldn’t do it with love, so why would you do it with something that you will spend a lot of time and passion on?
If you want to be in the perfect job, the first place to start is with your key values. Your values will determine where you spend your time, energy and money.
When you know what is important to you, you have started to write your own selection criteria for a job. For
If you value honesty highly, then selling a product you do not believe in will not work for you in the long term. Once you have your top 10 values, you can use this list to talk with potential employers when you ring for further information, ask about what the work team is like, what are the key challenges of the company and the role in the coming months, ask the person what the organizational culture is like.
These will help you know whether you want to work there or not, as you can compare what they say with what is important to you.
Think back and add in all the bits you have hated from other jobs or jobs you have heard about. Really have fun designing the most horrible job in the world. Read it through and then totally swap everything 180 degrees for the second description. This will help you design the perfect job you are looking for.
It will also help you in writing your application and during
OK … you now are armed with a lot of information. You have your value set selection criteria, your perfect job description and know your calling, you are nearly ready to look for jobs.
The final step is to visualize or imagine the perfect job you have designed, put yourself into the image and experience how it feels. Does it feel right and comfortable? As you experience yourself in this job, you are programming your mind to find it for you.
In earlier articles we talked about the reticular activating system in your brain, we are once again using this wonderful part of you to help you locate your perfect job.
Now you can start looking at what is out there. Compare all jobs with your information to work out the match. If it totally doesn’t match, don’t waste your time and the corporations time with applying.
If the job is close to your list, then apply but don’t be afraid to check out for more details when at
Most people assume that you need to look to find a perfect job different to the one you are in, which is not necessarily the case.
I worked with one wonderful client who did everything in this article and then discovered that the job she was in was her perfect match! She had come to me as she hated her job and wanted to leave.
She did her review and then discovered that she was in the perfect role for her to follow her calling. She then went back and asked herself “how can I implement my calling in what I do?” With this change of
So, being in the perfect job may be as simple as looking at your present job with different eyes.
So is there a perfect job for you? There are hundreds of perfect jobs and hundreds of perfect career paths. You just need to know what you are measuring “perfect” against and then go for it!
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