Work. It’s the four letter word anyone can say, but few actually want to say it. Maybe you’re working a 9 to 5 job right now and every day is another challenge to get up and actually go there.
You can’t stand your boss. You wish your coworkers were nicer. The workload is boring or unbearable or the deadlines are unreasonable. There are so many reasons people dread going to their regular job and wish they could land that dream job.
When we’re children, we’re taught that dreaming in life is a good thing, but as we get older, we’re forced to make choices. Compromises. One after another and before you know it you’re staring at your life wondering why everything seemed to lead you away from the dream job you always thought you’d end up in.
Of course, if you wanted to be a movie or rock star, those things require a great deal of effort, work, and some good fortune (read: luck). You don’t always plan those things, but if you’re looking for a way to end up with the dream job that will fulfill you, make you believe life is great whether you’re at work or on vacation, and one that gets you inspired, then it’s not too late.
You read that right: it’s not too late! Whether you’re in your 20s, 40s, or even your 60s, you can still work toward achieving your dream job. Here are some things you can start doing now that will move you closer to that moment of realization.
Find your passion.
Everyone has something they truly enjoy doing, and so do you. Maybe it’s just a hobby right now and not something you actually considered doing professionally. Well, why not?
If you actually have a passion for something, then that’s where you should focus your professional energies.
Begin to network.
Find out the companies or employers who are doing exactly what you’re passionate about. Reach out to them. Send them a letter or email or better yet, call and talk to someone there. When you begin reaching out, opportunities will begin to arrive at your door. Take advantage of any that come your way.
Focus on your resume.
You may have an older resume and nothing on it makes it appear as though you’d be someone your ideal company would hire. Think again. You have experience and it’s valuable experience.
You may to rethink how your resume is constructed and for that, consider relying on an experienced resume company or doctor to help you develop the ideal content that speaks to your strengths that your dream job would want to see.
No matter what it is that drives your passion, there’s probably a lot you could still learn. Take this opportunity to fully develop your knowledge base. When you can do that, you make yourself invaluable to a company.
There are going to be roadblocks and things that don’t go your way. It’s okay. Expect and accept them. Just keep going. No matter what one person says to you to try and derail your dreams, ignore the negativity. When you have passion, you can have your dream job.
Written by G. T. Hedlund