Finding a Job You Love

By Hallie Crawford

Have you truly found a job you love? When you are searching for a job there are many career choices and I find that people struggle with their career decisions because they havent’t learned how to really find a job they love – a job they are passionate about.

Here’s what you need to know to find a career you love and that you are passionate about:

First, take a deep breath. Our jobs are important to us so we tend to take our job search very seriously – and we can sometimes become stressed out. So take a deep breath. Release some of tension and permit your mind to consider new career possibilities.

Remember: there are unlimited options out there, and income can be achieved in so many creative and fulfilling ways!

Breathe and realize that you can do and be anything. Once you’re aligned with the possibilities, trust that you will figure this out and believe in yourself. You can find a career you truly enjoy.

Next, realize this is a process. Because you’re probably relying on your current job to support yourself, you can make the move gradually if you need to. You may need to take small steps and your path may need to be adjusted. Trust in yourself, you’ll figure it out.

The process of reinventing yourself can take some time. Career transition involves careful planning, and outlining of steps and procedures. Set goals that are realistic yet also a stretch, so that you can step out of your comfort zone and set yourself up for success.

Because this is a process that usually takes time, I encourage you to start now. Take action while you are feeling more stable, and not reckless or impulsive. If you already are really unhappy and on the verge of desperation, that’s okay too, but there are things you can do right now to help yourself feel better and remain on steady ground with respect to your career.

To help you get started, here are three strategies to help you identify a career you can be passionate about:

1. Brainstorm – Dream Big – You need to Dream BIG in order to identify your ideal career. Brainstorm some ideas and think outside of the box. What is something you’d love to do? Tap into your childhood dreams; tap into your passions and your heart. What are some fantasy jobs that you had as a child?

You need to dream before becoming practical because if you get practical too soon, you can cut yourself off at the knees with your brainstorming ideas. If you allow yourself to dream first and dream big, you may come across a career idea you never considered or even knew about.

2. Clarify what you want by identifying what you don’t want – As a career coach, I’ve discovered that when I ask people what they want in an ideal job or career, they can’t tell me. But if I ask them what they don’t want, or what they didn’t like in previous jobs, they can give me a long list of complaints or things they’d want to change – Like a less demanding boss, fewer deadlines or less stress. Create a list of what you want in an ideal career by identifying what you don’t want.

3. Determine your transferable skills and experience – Review your resume and every position you’ve ever held – paid or not. What are your transferable skills and past experience that you can capitalize on to transfer to another industry? What natural talents do you have that you enjoy using at work? Create a list of skills and experience. Brainstorm career ideas based on what you can bring to the table.

Contact us for a free telephone consultation to find out more about how we can help you find a job you love by identify your ideal career path.