We all want it, sometimes even lie awake entire nights dreaming of it: the perfect job, the job that will make it all worth it.
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No matter if it’s the hours, the money, the people you imagine you’d be working with, or even just the good you’ll be doing, there’s a job (in your mind) above all others. The trick is to get it, and that can be quite hard.
Let’s look at some of the practical things you can do to get that perfect job you’ve always wanted.
1. Find It
First things first: What is your dream job and does it even exist? This may seem a bit flippant, but it’s true. Many people can think of something they want to do but can’t find anywhere to do it. In this case, you have a very simple choice: You either start out on your own or find something close to what you want.
Try to think what makes your dream job desirable for you and break that down into smaller pieces. By doing so, you can identify what makes it special to you and how you can find it somewhere else.
Sit down and really think about what constitutes a perfect job, and then write down all of those different components. Review what you’ve written and work from there, because the features of your perfect job should give you a short list of jobs from which you can choose.
2. Make Certain
Now that you’ve found the job you want, or at least a small pool of similar jobs, here comes the rather unpleasant part: making sure. Sit down with pen and paper and write down everything that might not be good about your dream job.
It’s not a nice thing to do, but it is realistic, and it helps you to ensure that you not only want, but are also ready, to dedicate so much energy and time to something. You don’t want to dive in and then find out that it’s not what you wanted after all.
Do some research and try to find out the difficult parts of your dreams. It’ll be a sobering experience, but it’s never killed anyone and it’s an important step in the preparation prior to your journey, which brings us to…
The next step is to get ready to make the jump to your new career. Most of us figure out what we really want after we’ve already made commitments and have responsibilities, so you need to make sure that you’re all set before you quit whatever you’re doing now and start doing something else.
Make sure you give yourself some time to save up and prepare those closest to you. Generally, the best thing you can do is make an agreement with yourself that in a set amount of time (a year seems to work well for most people) you’ll be taking the first real step toward your goal, all the time before is devoted to preparation.
4. The Plunge
Now, you’ve decided what you want, you’ve made sure it’s not a pipe dream and you’ve set aside the money to do it; this is the moment you’ve waited for, so make sure you grab it with both hands and that you go in all the way.
By truly devoting yourself to a goal, you are sure to reach it, so make sure that in the preceding time you’ve been able to get everything ready so you can focus fully on what you’re doing now. The sky’s the limit, so good luck and always believe in yourself!