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Saturday, April 27, 2013

How to Discover Your Dream Job

For many, the working life will not be coming to an end until the ripe old age of 70. This means that working can span a majority of a lifetime and it has become more important than ever to make sure you are in the right job, within the right industry and are in a position to carve a career in something that you are passionate about and are able to do for at least 30 or more years.

There are hundreds of industry’s, millions of jobs and thousands of employers, although you have plenty of choice the task of discovering your dream job may not be as simple as first thought.  It may not be easy, but there are things you can do to start the process of finding the position that is meant for you.

Your Interests
Think about the things that really interest you. For example, if you are a writer, interested in mechanics or passionate about electrics. Narrow down all of your strong interests in a list, highlighting your key skills within each area. You will quickly be able to see which position is the most prominent.

What Do You See Yourself Doing?
Everyone has an idea of what they see themselves doing, no matter how vague. It could be from working in a busy office surrounded by executives or outdoors with like-minded people that are using their hands to create something. We all have a vision of what our working life should be like. Make another list of what you see yourself doing and cross-reference it with the list of your interests. Do any of them overlap?

Research, Research, Research
Hopefully, by now, you will have established a rough idea as to the industry that interests you the most alongside the key elements of a job. Look into the types of jobs that are available considering your interests and skills. Have a look at some of the job descriptions that are included within job advertisements. This will give you a clear indication of the types of things that are required, the day-to-day tasks you will be completing and the qualifications and experience that are desired.

Employers
Also have a look at those who are already within the industry. Researching companies that are in your industry of interest will give you an idea as to the types of people and places you may be working for.

Internship
Consider that you may need to undertake some work experience. It is usually free and can last around a week or two. This will help you to decide whether or not this is the right job for you, as you will be gaining first hand experience about what the job really entails. It will also look good to perspective employers.

Your CV
Create a new CV that is based around the new industry and jobs you are interested in applying for, paying special attention to highlight the skills you possess that are also mentioned within the job specification.

Qualifications
In order to get your dream job, you may need specific qualifications so it might be worthwhile considering evening classes or college courses to help you meet the requirements of an employer and possess the necessary skills you need to actually do the job.

Apply, Apply, Apply
Start applying for positions that interest you and match your skills and experience. Even if it isn’t an exact match you never know what may happen. If you don’t get the interview, ask what you can do to improve your cv. Employers will be more than happy to give guidance.

There are recruitment and job sites that are able to help you in your need to find the perfect job role. www.jobstoday.co.uk for example, are one of the leaders in their industry and hold a host of job advertisements from a range of industries across the country.

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