If at the end of the weekend you are already unhappy at the thought of a new work week, maybe the time has come to look into other options. Or do you enjoy going to work but want to advance and are curious in which direction would be best? Here are 9 questions that will steer you toward your dream job!
What are you passionate about?
Find a job that you would enjoy without being paid for it. A job you are passionate about will often result in you doing it longer and sometimes it won’t even feel like work. If your dream job isn’t for you due to certain qualifications or limitations, you can always look for a job that is partially compatible with it so that your passion is still in there somewhere. A passion is also developable, so if there is interest in a particular job or a part of it, this could possibly be your dream job without even realising it yourself.
What would your 8-year-old self really like to do as a job right now?
What you dreamed of doing later as a child often says more than you might think. Of course, jobs you dreamed of back then are not always realistic, but you can often derive what is important to you and where your interests lie.
Are you a hands or head person?
Do you prefer to work with your hands or do you prefer to use your brain to produce results in your dream job? Or maybe you like to look for a healthy mix of both?
Touching, feeling, shaping, knitting, gardening, painting … all these manual tasks are very good for your brain. These actions also produce endorphins, so you experience less stress and anxiety.
Besides working with your brain or with your hands, the heart is also increasingly seen as a third option. Are you a real emotional person? Then you might want to do something with this in your future job.
Team or not?
Are you someone who likes to be in a quiet environment and enjoys working alone? Or does this sound terrible and you like to be constantly surrounded by people? You can partly find out by checking whether you are more of an introvert or extrovert.
Introversion and extroversion are counterparts. Extraverts draw energy from social interaction and stimuli from their surroundings, while introverts get that energy when they focus their attention inward.
The typical extrovert likes to talk and talk easily, is enterprising, makes decisions smoothly and likes to put himself in the foreground. Introverts, on the other hand, are thoughtful, think before they speak, do not make decisions easily and prefer to stay out of the spotlight.
Would you like to know which role suits you well in a team context? Then be sure to take the Belbin Personality Test!
Do you like structure and a fixed schedule so you can plan everything around it? Or do you prefer working flexible hours so you can create your own schedule and not be tied to certain hours? Would you like to work on the weekends and does it not bother you to work at night or does this not attract you at all? Also consider commuting and the pressures of the morning and evening shifts.
What are your strengths?
Look at your strengths and put together a list that you go over with possible jobs and try to get a clear picture of possible dream jobs. Also, remember that everyone has weaknesses. By listing these honestly, you may be able to eliminate some jobs that may not be for you after all. You shouldn’t be too critical here, sometimes certain traits may seem indispensable but can be perfectly replaced by other traits that you do possess in abundance.
Thanks to the Belbin Personality Test mentioned above to find out if you tend more towards introversion or extraversion, you can also learn a lot more about your different strengths and weaknesses.
What have I learned in my previous jobs?
It is sometimes said that people get wiser with age. During all your work experiences, you can learn a lot and realize what you like and what you absolutely do not like. This knowledge is interesting in your search for the ultimate job. The feedback you received from colleagues, employers or possibly even clients can be interesting to look at in this topic.
How important is your salary?
Did you immediately become more attentive when reading this question or is this rather an afterthought? Remember that rarely will everything be perfect. Try to look at the job content first and look for a job that you would do just as well as volunteering. Look at the paycheck rather as a nice incidental thing and not as the first item on your list of requirements.
To grow or not to grow?
Do you have ambition to keep growing and possibly climb higher positions over the years? Or do you get satisfaction from doing a well-defined job that remains more or less the same over the years?
After answering the above questions, you will know more about where your interests lie and what you are or are not good at. This will undoubtedly get you started in the search for your dream job. Also communicate this information to your future employer or recruiting firm, both incorporated into your resume and in conversation. At Le Grand & Associates we would try to connect your talents and personality to the ideal job. We turn your dream job into reality.
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