Whether you’re a recent college grad or a career veteran, chances are you’ve fantasized about finding your dream job at some point in your life. Heck, perhaps, even at some point this week !
For many of us, our dream job would provide us with that mythical “work-life balance,” a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day, and an overall feeling of mental, emotional, and spiritual fulfilment. But according to Louis Efron, a HuffPost contributor who writes about the search for happiness in the workplace, that ideal job doesn’t usually exist–at least, not until you create it for yourself.
“As idealistic as it may be that everybody have that job they love, the perfect job, it’s not reality,” Efron said. “The goal is to find a job that connects with your strength and your purpose and what you really love to do, and ultimately that will give you a job that you really, really enjoy doing.”
Here are Efron’s tips for finding (or creating) that perfect work situation for yourself:
Understand what you do well
First thing’s first: Take inventory of your skills, strengths, and, yes, even your weaknesses. Efron suggests using the Gallup StrengthsFinder to facilitate your self-assessment and (somewhat) objectively deduce where your greatest professional strengths lie.
Consider what gets you out of bed in the morning
Everyone has something that they’re truly passionate about, be it a hobby, a cause, or a personal goal. Efron suggests applying that passion to your career by working your interest into your day-to-day work responsibilities. If you enjoy blogging, ask your employer if you can contribute to your company’s blog or social media initiatives. If you’re passionate about helping others, volunteer to organize charitable events with your colleagues or even become a peer mentor. They key here is to think about an activity or service that you’d gladly do for free, and apply it to the work that you already get paid to do.
Consider what it is that you want to be known for
When all has been said and done, what do you want people to remember about you? What sort of impact do you hope to make? Asking yourself these questions allows you to think BIG and pinpoint your ultimate goal. Once you’ve identified your endgame, in terms of impact (not money), you can then start strategizing the moves, skills, and connections that’ll get you there.
Remember the 80/20 rule
Ultimately, your goal is to get to a place where you’re spending 80 percent of your time doing what you truly love, and accepting that you will always spend 20 percent of your time doing things that you really would rather avoid.
To hear the rest of Efron’s advice, visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/29/perfect-job_n_4689980.html