Discovering or identifying what you love to do is sometimes difficult. The answer is usually right in front of your nose and you can’t see it.
I met a woman once who said to me “I know it sound frivolous, but I just want a job that I love doing.”
There’s nothing frivolous about this. You can have a job you love or at least like a lot, if you are doing things and using talents you enjoy. There are nay-sayers out there who believe a job is a job or that sometimes you just have to have a job to pay the bills. I’m not disagreeing. You may not LOVE every job you hold, but wouldn’t it be nice to find one?
How To Find A Job You’ll Love
Here are the instructions (for those who read instructions):
- Think about the times in your life you felt happy. What were you doing? Keep thinking and write it all down.
- Wait a day or so and then review the list and look for re-occurring patterns or themes
- Brainstorm ways you could make money doing these things with a creative friend
- Research the labor market for similar sounding jobs (use O*Net and Indeed)
- Make another list of these jobs/occupations
- Identify companies that hire these jobs
- Network to find out more about the companies
This is about the journey mostly, not the destination. What will you learn about yourself in the process of exploring these opportunities?
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.