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Do you wake up with “a case of the Mondays” every Monday morning? If you’re like the majority of hard working Americans, that answer might be a resounding, “yes.”
According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, 67% of Americans are not engaged or are actively disengaged at their job.(1) And only four in ten employees strongly agree they have the opportunity to do what they do best each day.(2)
Those statistics are harsh, but you don’t have to accept them as your reality. The truth is, life’s too short to live like that.
You might be spinning your wheels at your current job while trying to figure out what you were born to do. That’s a tough place to be. But the good news is—you don’t have to stay there. Let’s dive into how you can discover your sweet spot and land the job of your dreams.
Four Steps to Landing Your Dream Job
Step 1: Discover what your dream job is.
What kind of job do you actually want?
Discovery starts with finding your sweet spot—that’s the intersection of where your greatest talent and greatest passion meet. And when you’re in your sweet spot, you can use your top talents (what you do best) to perform your passions (what you love to do).
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But how do you discover your sweet spot? First, list your top talents and main passions. Then, get feedback and confirmation from three to five people who know you well and will be honest with you. The idea is to confirm that these talents and passions are seen by others in your life too.
Once you have their confirmation, start the process of writing out a purpose sentence. This will give you the clarity and direction you need as you work toward finding your dream job.
Don’t let it intimidate you—your purpose sentence is just a simple fill-in-the-blank statement you can keep reviewing and editing over time. It looks like this:
I will use my top talents of __________ and_________ to do ______________________, the work I love to do.
Once you have a purpose sentence in place, you can begin looking for a role that is in your sweet spot and fulfills your true purpose.
Step 2: Plan for your dream job.
You know it’s important to polish up your resume, so go ahead and do it. But don’t rely solely on the application process to see you through. As you identify opportunities you can pursue, you must ask and answer some practical questions:
How much will this cost?
Based on your finances, how long will it take to complete?
Am I qualified?
Think about what requirements or qualifications you’ll need to reach your dream job. And if you’re already qualified, ask yourself, Who do I know who has a connection to where I want to be?
Asking these questions will help lead you into the next step.
Step 3: Pursue on purpose.
While you’re doing steps one and two, practice the proximity principle: In order to do what you want to do, you have to be around people who are doing it and be in the places it’s happening.
Seek out people and experiences that put you in close proximity of your dream job. If you want to be a teacher, shadow one for the day. If you want to be an event planner, volunteer your skills. Put yourself in the place where opportunity can take flight!
It’s important to focus on cultivating relationships that could help create personal recommendations and strengthen your chances of getting an interview. Sometimes it is about who you know and who can help you get to where you want to be.
Step 4: Get in the right place.
Many times, you have to take on a role that’s in close proximity of your dream job even when it isn’t ideal. If you have your sights set on working in the broadcast industry, you might need to take an internship or entry level position at your local station. This is what people affectionately refer to as “getting your foot in the door.”
If you can get in the building and start proving yourself, you’ll be that much closer to reaching your dream job. If you get in the right place and stay in the right place, the timing will happen on its own.
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.” — Nido Qubein
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Landing your dream job takes time, perseverance and patience. You must be disciplined enough to get up every day and work toward your goals. But while you’re in the waiting season, stay patient and focus on the next opportunity. All of this effort can ultimately lead you to your dream job—the role you were created to play.
For more inspiration on how to find your sweet spot and discover your dream job, listen to The Ken Coleman Show.
About Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman is an acclaimed interviewer, broadcaster, and host of The Ken Coleman Show as well as the top-rated EntreLeadership Podcast. Ken equips, encourages and entertains listeners through thought-provoking interviews, helping them grow their businesses, pursue their passions, and move toward a fulfilled purpose. You can follow Ken on Facebook, YouTube and kencolemanshow.com.