Ask yourself these 4 questions to find your dream job

Ask yourself these 4 questions to find your dream job

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Countless clients, colleagues, and friends have told me something like this: “My work is good, not great. It pays the bills. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t. Maybe I’m not supposed to be in love with my career; many people don’t like their job. I’m bored. It’s good for now.”

These comments make me cringe. Most of us spend more waking hours at work than at home. Most of us also spend 40 years (or more) of our lives working. Shouldn’t we all have jobs that we really love? Shouldn’t we all find a job that enlightens us inside? Shouldn’t we enjoy working? I think so.

Since becoming a professional trainer, I’ve encouraged clients to really swing for the fences when it comes to their jobs. If you’re not in love with your job and would like to improve it, here are four places you can start. Grab a pen.

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1. What do you like to do?

If you could do anything, what would you do? If you had to work without getting paid, what would you do? When you feel happiest at work, what do you do? It is the archiving of reports; pouring on financial data; negotiate with customers; educate your employees; or make presentations?

People often like some of their work, but not all of it. What if I could love everything its? Honing in on the parts you love will help you identify the kind of work that lights you up. Once you know what that is, you can consider roles where you would do more than the job you love.

In the past, when I did this exercise myself, I realized that I love coaching and mentoring others. I also enjoyed writing and creating things like board reports or training manuals. I have to do these things often, but not always. My job also required me to spend time on risk, audit, compliance and technology.

While I loved my boss and the organization, I realized that to truly love my role, I needed to coach more. From there, my idea of ​​becoming a coach was born. Asking yourself what you really love and what you don’t is the first place to start.

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2. What are your natural talents?

What were you praised for doing right? What compliments have you received for your work? What are you naturally better at than others? We all have natural talents, things that our brains and bodies are naturally more inclined to do better than others. When we practice and apply effort to our natural gifts, we often become superstars. Being a superstar feels good.

A job that utilizes your natural talents and gifts fits you perfectly. For example, communicating, teaching and building relationships has always been easy for me, technology, computer science and engineering have not.

Over the years, the praise I’ve received at work has all centered on my ability to inspire and engage people, but I’ve never received compliments on my ability to solve technical problems. I would be a lousy IT employee. It would take me months or years to learn space skills because I know I don’t have a predisposition for it and I also don’t care. Doing what we are naturally good at is great. Figuring out what you can be your best at is a great place to start.

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3. What can you get paid well for?

When we love our work and are naturally gifted with it, we tend to excel at it. When we excel, we contribute an enormous amount of significant value. The right job will pay us accordingly for that value.

If you’re pursuing your passion and you’re talented, you shouldn’t find yourself in a situation where you’re just struggling or barely making ends meet. If you work with the right company and have the right boss, you should be able to have more than just an income – you should be able to thrive. If you are a top performer and your metrics are overwhelming, your pay should be commensurate. If not, I encourage you to talk to your boss or HR.

Maybe others don’t see you the way you do. Perhaps you need further training or certification. Great! Do those things. But if you’ve had the conversation more than once and no one cares, chances are it’s time to look for a role that sees your value and pays you for it. The truly ideal job for you won’t have you clipping coupons, so speak up and believe in value.

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4. What jobs work with your life?

Some companies have a great reputation for being the first or the best. They are reputable organizations with well known names. But some of them are also known for burning people. Work-life balance isn’t a “thing” everywhere.

Some organizations expect their employees to work around the clock, even on weekends. While these companies are amazing boot camps, especially for young people, they often struggle to retain talent long-term because most people want to have personal lives. If you have a family or hobbies that are important to you, it’s crucial that you don’t settle for a job that limits it. If you want a balanced and meaningful life, but have to work nights and weekends regularly, you’re probably in the wrong job.

At some point, you will feel like you are sacrificing something (like your family or those hobbies) and you will feel incongruous and misaligned. Over time, this will breed resentment towards the job itself. A job that makes it nearly impossible to see your kids, keep fit, take a class, join a club, or see your friends isn’t a great job. I am confident that you truly can “have it all” and the right job will value your personal life as much as your professional one.

Finding the perfect job can be difficult, but if you consider these four factors, it will be within reach.

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