Yes, the ideal job really does exist. Sometimes it is just a matter of searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. And that search is rarely about roses.
: choice stress, insecurity, impatience, rejection, motivation dips and doubts, followed by more choice stress, uncertainty, impatience,… it’s all part of it.
Sometimes it is enough to know that you are not alone in this almost mission impossible . Even better, prepare for this roller coaster. Here are my 5 tips that can help you in your search:
- WHO AM I? WHAT DO I WANT?
Know about yourself what you are good at, what you like, what gives you energy and what not, whether you are a team player, preferably working solo, what kind of people you like to work with, how many days, under what kind condition etc
- START WITH THE CORRECT SETTING
Be aware of your mindset. Your mindset, the glasses with which you view the world, makes that you will or will not find that dream job. If you say to yourself, “I have to be able to pay the mortgage, so I can’t change jobs,” then it will indeed be difficult to find a dream job. If you do not believe in advance that the dream job exists or at least not for you, then the chance that you will find that job is indeed quite small. If, on the other hand, you believe that, despite the fact that your mortgage continues, you can find a job that really suits you. Then the first step has already been taken, from here you can take action to actually find that job.
- AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
Realize that finding a ‘normal’ job takes months, let alone a dream job. Set yourself realistic goals and do not expect this job to be found within three months.
- TURN ON YOUR NETWORK
When looking for a job that really suits you, do not use existing vacancies, but use your network. Use LinkedIn Twitter and Facebook, use the contacts you have. Three of the four vacancies are filled via via. Spend your time usefully, instead of scouring job boards, you can better invest energy in maintaining and expanding your network.
KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
Once you have your dream job in mind, don’t make any hasty decisions. All too often I hear clients say: I think I am going to spend a lot of time on topic X and will probably work with team Y. If I ask further, they turn out to be not really sure at all, they are just assumptions and expectations. Make sure that the expectations you have of this job are in line with reality.
If you keep these 5 key factors in mind and get started with them, you will see that the dream job is also for you!