How many people do you see posting a meme on a Sunday night about how much they’re dreading Monday morning? Or who religiously count down via ‘humpday’ until they’ve finally got that Friday feeling? We all do it but considering most of us require our jobs so we can actually keep a roof over our heads, put food on the table and keep up an excessive shopping habit, there’s not much chance of us quitting tomorrow to ‘follow our dreams.’
Although it’s not realistic to think ‘if you don’t like it, change it’ it’s also not fully unrealistic either. As someone who recently dragged themselves out of a job that made me down right miserable I like to think I’m proof that it ain’t all bad and there is light at the end of the tunnel. I always thought that providing a job paid enough then I wouldn’t care if I enjoyed it. Oh how wrong I was. When you’re spending 8 hours (at least) doing said job you’ll be surprised how quickly it will impact your mood and your life outside of work if it isn’t something that ticks all the boxes.
I worked at my last job for almost 2 years and although it wasn’t all bad (I made some fab mates whilst I was there) I certainly didn’t look forward to 9am every morning. I would hear people rave about how much they loved their job, how it challenged them and how they didn’t mind working in their evenings and weekends cus they just loved it so bloody much and do you know what? I wanted that so badly. It’s only really now I’ve left and started a job that does all of the before mentioned things that I’ve realised just how much of an impact my job was having on me. I was grumpy and snappy, I would come home so deflated all I wanted to do was sit on the sofa eating a share bar of Galaxy and dwell on how much I didn’t want to go to work the next day. I was quite the fun character to be around as you can tell.
Who knows what it was that made me take the plunge but I finally decided to stop waiting for a miracle and take it into my own hands. So here I am, 3 months down the line in my new job and happier than ever (does anyone else HATE saying that in case BANG something comes along and ruins it?!) Don’t get me wrong I still get a buzz on a Friday and there are days when 5pm feels like it’s never going to arrive but on the whole, I’m in a much better place than I was. I’m hardly some career expert but I have been there, done it and got the interview rejections so I’ve put together some tips to help you bag a job you’ll love.
Put the time in- Applying for jobs isn’t a quick and easy process. You need to polish up your CV, hunt down the jobs and then more than likely fill in a lengthy application form that requires details about your experience, hobbies, a short story, a lock of your hair and blood from a unicorn. If you’re serious about finding a new job then you need to be prepared to spend your evenings multitasking between Indeed and Corrie but it’ll all be worth it once you stumble across *the one.*
Decide what you actually want- Just because you’re currently in one career field doesn’t mean you need to stay there. Hell, that could be the very thing that’s making you miserable. Sit down and decide what it is that you actually want to do, not what you think you should do. Write a list of all the things you want from a job be that a salary limit, specific location, more responsibility, a vending machine. You need to be realistic in that you might not find a job that offers you them all but cross match any job that you apply for to your list so you know you aren’t going to move from one job you hate to another.
Keep your eyes open- You don’t have to be in full blown job hunting mode to find the job of your dreams. Sometimes they just fall into our laps out of nowhere so you’ve gotta be prepared. Make sure your CV and LinkedIn is kept up to date regularly. Speaking of LinkedIn this is a great way to make those all important business connections so connect with the right people and keep an eye on what they post. Once you’re in job hunt mode it will become second nature but it can be hard to get back into the habit of keeping your ear to the ground when you aren’t firing off applications left, right and centre.
Be fearless- It’s easy to get comfortable in a job, especially when you’re doing it every god damn day. You get into a routine and we’re all creatures of habit which can make the idea of moving on seem daunting. I put off leaving for ages simply because I was scared that I would regret my decision but in the end you have to realise that comfort simply breeds complacency. Everything will work itself out and it’s much better to regret leaving than to always wonder, what if?
I’d love to know what tips you would give someone who wants to bag their dream job. Come and let me know in the comments or over on Twitter.