Finding Your Dream Job Doesn’t Need To Be Hard
I know what you’re thinking, that’s easy for me to say, I have a job.
That was not always the case, you are definitely not alone! I don’t think many people haven’t experienced the daunting, ego-deflating task of looking for work. What could be harder than putting yourself out there, time and time again and getting continually knocked back and rejected?
Not much really, it is a very hard, sometimes soul-crushing experience, but rather than focusing on that, let’s work on your idea of who you are and what you have to offer. Getting a job is no different to selling a product, except that product, is you.
Too often we focus on what we don’t have or are lacking for our dream job, and while these things can affect your work prospects, they are not definitive. I am sure we all know someone who landed an amazing job, who didn’t have the expertise or experience, so how did they do it?
Attitude and outlook make a big difference and finding work is no exception. If you start off with a mindset of defeat and trepidation, then that’s exactly what you’ll receive. I’ve made a list of essential ingredients for you to cultivate, strengthening your mental and emotional success. Once you have mastered these, finding your dream job will be a piece of cake.
Put yourself out there
This may seem obvious but having huge belief in you as a person and what you have to offer is the first ingredient to success. Everyone is unique and has different strengths, find yours and promote them! How will people know your amazing qualities if you don’t showcase and share them with anyone who is willing to listen? No, I’m not talking about ego inflating shallow exchanges, I’m referring to genuine conversations with friends, family, and people of interest, about your passion, love for life and enthusiasm for wanting to share your gifts with the world. It’s not always who you are speaking with but their network of friends and colleagues. There is big truth in the saying “It’s not what you know but who you know”, people are far more likely to hire someone who has been recommended over a stranger, even if you don’t have everything they are looking for.
Believe in yourself
It can be hard sometimes to retain self-belief, however, no one else will, until you do. Why would they, they don’t know you. Why would you expect a complete stranger to believe in you, when you have known yourself your whole life, and you don’t even believe in yourself? I know this is easier said than done. Start with writing a list of all the qualities you like and admire about yourself, people like confident and self-assured employees, it imparts confidence that you are capable, and they can trust you.
Visualise the successful outcome in your mind with feeling and passion
Before you say anything, this really does work! Whether you believe in the law of attraction or can see how keeping your dream/ goal at the forefront of your mind provides focus and drive, visualisation is definitely in vogue among successful people from all walks of life and its value and effect has seen a huge serge in popularity. My advice is, if you haven’t tried it, give it a go, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Once you have mastered the previous three, its time to put it all together and have confidence in yourself. Don’t let rejection knock you off your game, everyone who walks the earth has been rejected, especially the great achievers. Rejection builds resilience and character. The way I found easiest to cope and utilise my hurt and disappointment, was first analyse whether I could have done anything better and rectify or work on that if needed and then tell myself that everything happens for a reason and it may just be that my dream job isn’t quite ready for me. That didn’t mean I stopped looking because that’s the thing about life, you never know when one small decision might just be the biggest decision of your life!