We all need to earn a living so that we can pay for our necessary expenses.
However, our job fulfilment is just as important. Unfortunately, many of us people end up doing something we tolerate to get by – instead of doing what we’d love to do.
If you’re in this position, it’s never too late to make a change, and you only have one life to live, so why not?
If you’d like to do something related to what you’re passionate about, the good news is that you can. It takes a bit of reflection, research, and bravery, but it’s possible to find a job that you’ll love and will earn you an income.
Here are seven steps to help you get there.
1. Find Out What Your Passions Are
This sounds like a strange question, right?
You’d think that most people would already know what their passions are, but the truth is that most people know what they like – but not what they love, and how this translates into a job.
It's worth it to take some time out of your day to reflect on what you find interesting and then to attend to those things that energize you and give you a purpose.
Look at what you do for fun and see if you can find patterns in the things you enjoy that you could translate into a new career.
Friends, family and life coaches can also give you an external perspective on what motivates you so that you narrow down the position where you belong.
2. Evaluate Your Previous Jobs
Take a look at your previous jobs.
If you’ve had many different jobs over the years for only a few months at a time, that should already tell you that you’ve known on some level that you needed to find ‘the one’.
However, even if you’ve had the same job for years, it doesn’t mean that evaluating it won’t tell you anything.
Think about what you do every day. What do you like about it, and what don’t you like? What motivates and inspires you?
Write it down, so that you can begin formally linking what you enjoy to specific job roles.
3. Start Saving
It’s vital that when you begin the process of finding a new job, that you start putting money away temporarily.
When the time comes for you to resign from your current position you might end up taking a role that involves a pay cut, so you’ll need to have a nest egg to fall back on to pay your bills.
If you don’t have enough money saved up, you’ll feel obligated to take any well-paying job you can find (even if it isn’t suitable) which defeats the purpose of this exercise.
4. Do Your Research
The time has now come to see what’s out there.
Start by narrowing down the specific job roles you’d like to pursue.
What are the requirements? What do these job descriptions involve, and would you enjoy every aspect of the position?
Are there any qualifications/skills you need to have before beginning? Start preparing yourself for interviews and look up industry related questions that you’ll be faced with.
Make sure that your resume is up to date, or start one from scratch.
There are countless resume builders and templates online that help you.
5. Find Out What You Want In An Employer
The right kind of leadership can make or break a good job.
As someone who’s looking to enter a new field, you’ll need to think about the support you’d like from the person leading you.
Start thinking about what you want in the perfect employer. What did you like – and not like – about your previous employers?
Remember, you have to be a good fit for a position, but they have to be a good fit for you too.
Make a list of companies whom you think you’d enjoy working with and think about where you might fit within their team.
6. Take Advantage Of Your Connections
When searching for a specific job, there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of your connections.
Call up old friends and colleagues, and ask them to write you references or to put you in contact with someone who can provide you with a potential interview.
You can also work with a recruiter. Recruiters have access to hundreds and thousands of companies with available job listings. They could point you in the right direction, and assist you with upcoming interviews.
7. Take The Plunge
The last thing holding you back is fear.
Don’t allow your doubts get in the way of finding a job where you’ll be happy and fulfilled. If you plan for it, what’s the worst that could happen?
You deserve to have a job you’ll love, so don’t become the only thing holding you back.
When you start working at a job you love, your life will change. Waking up won’t be a tiresome chore anymore. You’ll be continuously motivated and inspired to succeed.
It’s a frightening prospect to leave a secure income and your comfort zone, but if you’re unhappy, discontented or continually wishing for more meaning in your life, you aren’t living.
Follow the seven steps and see where it takes you. It might just change your life forever.