Whatever you do for a living, chances are you spend the majority of your week at work. Therefore, it makes sense to earn money doing something you enjoy. Many of us struggle to find a job that suits our personalities and lifestyles, while some of us don’t have the slightest idea of what we want to do long-term. If either of these statements applies to you, here are some great tips to help you find your dream job.
Spend time creating goals
Before you start your job search, you need to know what you want from your career. Get out a pen and paper and start writing a list of short-term and long-term goals. Don’t panic if you’re not sure what you want from your professional life. You can set general goals like “do something creative” or “find a job with more flexible hours” to get you closer to your ideal role.
While you can set these goals in your head, creating a visual representation of your ideas will give them greater influence. Consider sticking a list of goals on your fridge or creating a mood board for your desk, so you have something tangible to work towards.
Think to the future
Don’t just think about the job you want now. Consider how your next job could help build your career or open up new networking opportunities for the future. Think about where you see yourself in two, five and ten years, and plan accordingly. If you want to work in publishing, for example, you might consider starting an internship at a local publishing house with the view of entering a junior editing position one or two years down the line. Your long-term goal might be to become a commissioning editor or editor-in-chief.
Again, you don’t have to know exactly what you want to do professionally. You might know what sort of area you’d like to work in, or you might simply decide that you want to work 9-5 in the city or in a restaurant during the evening.
Use the Internet
Most job vacancies are advertised on online job boards and sites like Gumtree, so spend time searching for opportunities in your area. Typing jobs in Glasgow into Google will generate hundreds of results, so you may want to get more specific by filtering by industry or job type. Spend time looking through these listings carefully and make a shortlist of your favorite roles.
If you’re trying to break into a new industry, there is a wealth of online resources and social media platforms that can help you network and expand your career opportunities. If you want to work for yourself, you can start with freelancing websites like Upwork and Fiverr.
Think outside the box
While the advice to “do what you love” is well-intentioned, it does narrow your career possibilities. Therefore it’s best to keep an open mind when applying for jobs – especially if you’re not sure what you want to do. Keep networking (both online and in person) and don’t be afraid to try something new – you never know what skills or passions you might uncover.