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4 Actions You Can Take Right Now To Pin Down Your Dream Job

Posted by: Chareen Goodman
Category: Career

Are you feeling unhappy in your career these days?

Discovering what you really want to do with your life is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. And your career plays a big role in that decision.

Have you ever really thought about just how much time you spend at work? I invite you to consider it.

For many of us, a large portion of our days is spent at work. In fact, the average career professional spends over a quarter of their life, and in many cases even more, at their place of work. And if you are unhappy with where you are now, I’d say that’s a long time to be dissatisfied.

Reports indicate that the average career professional between the ages of 20-65 will spend over 90,000 hours at work during the course of a lifetime. I’m sure you can imagine that with these types of numbers, it’s a pretty sure bet that your job will have a huge impact on the quality of your life.

Career professionals today must plan and navigate their own career pathways and do so with clear intentions in order to arrive at their desired destination. #CareerPitvot #DreamJob #CareerCoach @ChareenGoodman

Unfortunately, long-gone are the days where employers managed and directed the career of their employees. It’s now up to you to manage your own career. And while the current job market is an extremely competitive terrain, career professionals today must plan and navigate their own career pathways and do so with clear intentions in order to arrive at their desired destination.

What this means for you is that pinning down your dream job is essential in order to keep whatever amount of time you do spend in the workplace a happy and productive experience.

So wouldn’t you agree that it makes sense that you dedicate some quality time figuring out what is the right career fit for you? Like, what do you dream of being, doing, and having over the course of your professional life?

You don’t want to end up putting in these types of hours and being miserable and unhappy forever, do you?

If you are feeling stuck and want to pin down your dream job, start by implementing these four actions:

1. Have a career brainstorming session

Now is the time to get your dream job out of your head and onto paper. So take out a pad of paper and write down at the top your career goal or objective in the form of a question. For example, “What will be my career progression in the next 5 years?” Or, “What do I really want to be doing with my life at this time?” Next step, simply set a time for about 30 to 60 minutes and invest it answering the question. The key to this exercise is coming up with at least 20 answers to the question, and really, don’t quit until you have 20 answers. Make a commitment to yourself that you will create a list of 20 answers that light you up and make you smile. Repeat this exercise every day until you get the answer you are seeking and that fulfills your dream.

2. Keep a career journal

Have you ever thought about keeping a career journal? Journaling is a powerful exercise that helps you chronicle your life. Perhaps you already have one. If so, take some time to read through it, looking for the common themes or ideas in your writing. Keep your eyes peeled for trends and activities you like as well as those you have expressed that you don’t like. In fact, finding examples of what you don’t like and what frustrates you is just as important as finding what you do like and are passionate about. For example, if you hate an overwhelming boss or being micromanaged, you’d probably like a career that allows you to be independent or self-directed. If you hate being around nosy co-workers you’d probably prefer to have your own office versus being in a cubicle or in an open workspace. Be honest with yourself and use your journal as your judgment-free zone.

3. Take a career assessment test

When you are not quite sure what type of job you want or what you want to do next with your career take a career assessment test. This is a great way to gain new insights into yourself. A career assessment can help you narrow down your job choices and help you choose a career path that is compatible with your values, interests, skills, talents, and your personality. There are several sites on the Internet that you can research and get started for free. I highly recommend taking one or two of them to serve as a jumping off point. You may be surprised at the results and the discoveries you make about yourself.

4. Invest in a career coach

I love this one. And not because I am a career success coach, but because of the extraordinary results I have helped my clients when they made the investment in themselves to get the dream job and career they wanted. Nowadays, navigating the job market and landing that dream job takes commitment, thought, strategy, and a plan. Because of the competitive terrain of the current job market, many career professionals find themselves frustrated, disappointed and struggling when they don’t get the results they want and wind up spending endless time in this area simply because they don’t know what they don’t know. They are starving for effective career guidance from an unbiased and objective supporter. And the great news is that help is obtainable for you to discover the career job of your dreams. Career coaching is for the professional who is really serious about their career and needs that help to navigate their career pathways. Whether it’s career advice about how to find a job or how to handle an exit interview, career coaching doesn’t hurt, it simply accelerates you through the process and ideally manifesting your desired outcome.

I am very confident in my decision and I just want to thank you sooooooo much for walking with me throughout this process!

If you’re ready to work with a career coach to help you land your dream job, I’ve got a few openings in my calendar for new clients so click the button below to book your career discovery call.