How to land your dream job (when you’re not sure what it is)

7th June 2016

With all the different job options available, how do you know which one is right for you?

Wondering what to do for the rest of your life doesn’t stop when you leave school, especially if you’re in a job you don’t enjoy. In fact, research shows that in the quest to find a profession we love, many of us continue to change jobs throughout our career.

If you’re still searching for your dream job, we’ve listed five top tips to help you on your way.

1. Follow your passion

The most important part of landing your dream job is making sure you find something you love doing. Start by considering what you’re truly passionate about, then think about all the different career paths you could take based on your passions.

2. List your strengths

Finding a job that suits your strengths is the key to a happy career, so make a list of your top strengths. If you need some help with the self-analysis, try the Myers-Briggs personality test to figure out exactly what kind of career and work environment is best for you.

3. Look back

A good way to find your dream job is to figure out which job isn’t for you. To do this, think about all your previous roles and your experience at those places of work. This will help you clarify what you liked most and least about working there, so you know what to look for and avoid in the future.

4. Network

Networking is particularly important if you’re looking to get into a new line of work. Whether it’s using social media sites, LinkedIn and Twitter; signing up for a class; or talking to someone in the industry, networking could help you create the right connections in your chosen industry.

5. Forget the money

When considering the right career path for you, think about what you love doing so much you’d be willing to do it for free. That’s not to say you should be doing it for free, but thinking about this will help you determine whether or not your heart is in it. As they say, choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life