We all want it: a job that keeps us interested, and motivates us towards continued growth and development.AHSpharmstat_3steps

The reality is though, that those jobs don’t find you.  You have to know what you want and have a plan to get there.

Here are some ideas on how to find your dream job.

1. Know yourself.

What are you passionate about? What inspires you? What are your talents?

To help you find the answers to these questions and more, head to your local library for one of these great reads.

What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles.

This job hunter’s manual has been around for years and with good reason. The book offers quizzes to direct you towards ideas and environments you may not know make you happy.

Finding Your Own North Star, by Martha Beck.

Quick exercises in this book point you in the direction of happiness, with methodology included to take small steps toward your future.

Do What You Are, by Paul Tieger.

This great read will help you identify your personality type, and give insight into jobs that will give you fulfillment.


2. Get inspired!

Take the new knowledge of who you are and get inspired. What are some ways you want to make an impact in your work? What traits do you bring to the workplace that are unique and needed?

Answering those questions will help you target an organization where you can flourish and make a difference in your career.

3. Go do it!

Change can be scary but exhilarating. If you’re worried of making a leap from where you are now, that’s okay.

Start small. Work on developing personally and professionally by reading and researching.  Find people who have a solid footing in your desired career field and ask them questions.

Most importantly though, do something. Quit thinking about your dream job, and take steps to make it happen.  Your future starts now!

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