How to Land a Job You Enjoy
from daveramsey.com on 14 Jul 2010
Even though the unemployment rate is declining and people are finding jobs after they have been out of work for several months, it’s still extremely important to do something you love. You may think that the economy took a hit on any open positions you were interested in, but believe it or not, there are plenty of job opportunities right now.
The thing is, you have to look for them. You can’t just sit there and expect someone to hand you a job. You need to be proactive and make it happen. Only you can make the decision to do something with your life. So get up and start job searching!
Your top priority should be to learn your strengths and weaknesses. Remember, people who only work for money are miserable, because there is no fulfillment or meaning in their career. You must find something that blends your:
- personality traits
No matter what shape the economy is in,
it's important to be in a career you love.
If you are just working a J-O-B then you're going
to be unhappy.
After you've determined what your strengths and weaknesses are, identify jobs that compliment your
passions and talents. Next, figure out which
companies you would like to work for and begin to build
a relationship with them.
Here are three steps to help you build a relationship
with a potential employer:
Write an introduction letter. This is not a cover
letter; this is just a letter introducing yourself and
explaining that you intend to apply for a position at
the company. Briefly state why you want to work for the
company and the top three qualities you bring to the job.
Next, send your resume and cover letter. Since
you've already introduced yourself, they expect
this next step. Create a resume that stands out, but don't
go overboard. You don't want it to be an eyesore.
And make sure you proof your writing! The last thing you
want to do is make a glaring spelling mistake in your
Follow up the resume and cover letter with a phone
call. In the cover letter, specify that you will call
them on a certain date—and then do it. Even if you
only get a voicemail, leave a message so the person knows
you are serious about getting the job.
Complete these three steps and you'll begin to establish
a relationship with the company before you even meet with
a human resources representative or your potential supervisor. Remember, persistent follow-up and networking results in interviews
and jobs. And never underestimate the power of networking—it is key to finding work you love.
Dave teaches an entire lesson in Financial
Peace University about finding work you love. It's helpful and fun! Learn more about the course and getting the tools to help you find the work you love.