by Nikki van Coller
So you feel like you’re stuck in a dead end job and you’d rather nibble the varnish off your entire dining room table than spend another year doing what you’re doing? You’re not alone!
Millions feel the way you do and a percentage of them will manage to escape their dreary existence and find a job or career opportunity that truly fulfils them.
1st Contact Job Assistance suggests these 7 steps if you too want to be fulfilled and get the job you really want.
1. Develop the Right Attitude
The first step is to choose to be fully committed to the task of getting yourself out of the rut you’re in and creating the future you want and deserve. The right attitude from the start means you are willing to do the work required – the research, planning and execution…. It means being completely truthful and dedicated. It means being prepared to endure the ups and downs that go along with making a drastic change. It won’t be easy, but if this is something you really want to do, why wait another year?
2. Get to Know You
The second step is to get to know yourself better, so that you understand exactly what it is you’re looking for. Until you know what you really want, you can’t ask for it, and you can’t take the steps needed to get it.
There are a number of questions you can ask yourself. Really dig deep and take some time with this one. This is a process and going through the process could lead to a single epiphany or weeks of further unravelling to discover your true ambition.
a. What Are You Good At?
Make a list of everything you are or have ever been good at – the things you do well in your current job, as well as the things you do well in your everyday life. What do friends ask you for help with? How do you express your creativity and imagination in your home, garden, kitchen or social circle? Once you get going, you might be surprised at how long the list actually becomes. Next, make a list of the industries you’ve been involved in; and the functions you’ve performed in each job. You know have a good idea of what you have to offer.
b. What do you enjoy?
What are the things that make you truly happy? Figure out the situations, activities or people that bring you joy or have brought you joy in the past. Ask yourself: “What would I be doing in an ideal world?”… “If I could have anybody’s job, whose job would I want?” … “If I could go back and start my career again, what would I do?”… “What am I passionate about?”… By answering these questions, you are finding your bliss.
c. What do you NOT want?
Now that you’ve spent some time uncovering a bit more about what you’re good at, what you’ve done and what you actually enjoy doing, make a list of what you don’t want. If working in a big corporation goes against every fibre of your being, acknowledge it. By doing so, you are saying “no” to that particular situation and inviting different situations in instead.
d. What DO you want?
You might be very clear about what you want. If you’re still trying to figure it out, the exercises above might’ve helped bring you a little step closer. Be open to signs and notice your own reactions to different stimuli. By being aware every day of the process you’re going through, you are inviting opportunities into your life. By understanding who you are and what you aspire to, you are inviting the right opportunities.
You should now start to form images in your mind of plenty of possible scenarios for you, where what you have to offer is aligned to your bliss! Jot these down somewhere visible and don’t censor or judge your list – it’s just a list!
Let’s say you’ve been a PA to a Financial Director for as long as can remember and you are about as bored and uninspired as a person can be… and let’s say music is one of your biggest passions – you could for instance work as a PA at a music label or put your organisational skills to good use by joining an Events Company.
Or let’s say you’re a nurse and you love helping people, but you hate the hours and you’d really like to earn more money… and let’s say your biggest passion, the thing you love the most – is anything to do with movies and the movie business… you could for instance become an independent consultant and get paid really good money to advise and consult with writers of medical movies and TV programmes.
Every single problem has a solution and in most cases, many possible solutions! Flood your mind with possibilities and write each one down without judging it or dismissing it for being too big or seemingly unrealistic. Your reaction to different ideas might change from day to day –notice how your mind and your body react and make mental notes of what you are most drawn towards.
3. Do your homework
Once you have a few real ideas about the kind of job you could be doing, do some investigation into the feasibility of the main contenders. Check job boards; visit forums where people doing the job you want, are chatting about the things that interest you; speak to friends and family and people whose opinions you respect. Don’t make assumptions and don’t judge anything yet… Just look, listen and learn. The more knowledge you gather, the better you are equipping yourself to make a decision.
4. Be Alert
At the same time, be alert to signs and opportunities. Notice which visions become clearer and which fade. Be aware of what’s going on both around you and within you. Which people are suddenly finding their way back into your life; which words are you hearing more often; how else are things shifting and in which direction…? Stay open to all possibilities. And if you start to feel demotivated, refer back to step 1!
5. Take action
If you have followed all the steps outlined above and signs are flying in fast and furiously, there will come a time when an action or series of actions is required on your part. This might involve saying yes to a social engagement because someone influential in your dream industry is going to be there; or sending a killer email off for a position you see advertised, even though it’s the day after the closing date – just in case something comes of it.
If the signs are there and you recognise that you have a window of opportunity and everything about it feels right, do what needs to be done to make it happen. Start by using all the information you’ve acquired during this process and have your CV updated to be the [best CV you can put out there!] (Link to 1C Job Assist) Ask questions, make phone calls, read, explore, act!
If you put your honest intention and energy into this process, things will start to happen and every positive step you take will cause effects that put you further along the path you should be on.
Keep in mind:
Timing is key –
When the Universe hands you an opportunity, you have the choice to grab it and go for it; or let fear and hesitation and procrastination hold you back. In the case of the latter, your window of opportunity will eventually close and a new plan will have to be conspired for you and delivered at a later stage.
Follow your instincts –
If it feels right, it’s right. If something tells you it’s wrong, it’s most likely not right for you. Be present and honest and your instincts will reveal themselves more clearly.
Don’t let setbacks get you down –
Even once you know what you want and all the signs are pointing in that direction, things won’t always go according to plan. But if you are in your truth and your instincts are telling you you’re on the right path, then don’t let obstacles stop you.
By this time next year, you could be in your dream job, living a life that makes you far happier than you are now. Today could be the day you set a plan in motion that makes you able to shout out “I love my job!”
1st Contact Job Assistance would love to help you realise your goals with professional CV assistance, applying to the right jobs on your behalf and all sorts of career advice. Visit http://www.1stcontact.jobs or call 0844 880 1816.
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