It’s February, the month of love! If you’ve been thinking about your dream job and are not sure how to get there, this blog is the one for you.We’re feeling inspired by the love in the air this February as well as by the CIPD’s recent webinar series on Building Your Career. This week’s webinar saw the panel reflect on the main lessons they have learned in navigating their careers, they offer insight into the challenges they have faced and how they overcame them, and insight into the various paths available in the profession.
So all this got us thinking, just how do you get a job you love, and is anyone in a job they truly love?
How many people are in a job they love?
If you find yourself leaping out of bed every day, buzzing for the day ahead, it seems you’re in the minority. Only 17% of Brits are in a job they love, while 45% say they like their job, leaving 32% of us reaching for coffee upon waking to help drag us through the day. Financial pressures and uncertainty over what to do are cited as the main reasons for staying in unsatisfying jobs.
So, if you’re reaching for the coffee in the morning and feeling the itch at work, how can you find a job love?
5 tips to securing a job you love
Take your time
When searching and applying for a job you will love, take your time. You’re unlikely to wake up one morning with all the answers. Start to write a list of things you enjoy doing and then think of all the careers linked to your likes. Assess whether you need to enroll in further education to enter your desired industry and delve into how you feel the more you learn about potential careers. Sit on thoughts and research for a few days or weeks before diving in and signing yourself up for a potentially expensive course and importantly, follow your gut. More often than not, gut instinct, or intuition, is your immediate understanding of something; there’s no need to think it over or get another opinion—you just know, and the outcome feels natural – no matter what hurdles are in your way you’re driven to pursue it.
If a few days pass and you’re still feeling the fire inside your belly after researching a particular career path – start to takes the first steps in the journey to make it a reality.
Finding a job you love might mean a change of industry, a return to education, or a training program – all of which are quite big commitments both in terms of time and money. So, before you take the leap, do some research to see if there are volunteer opportunities in your desired industry to get a taste for the work and the type of role you’d be doing. It’s also a great way to network and increase your contacts in that area. If volunteering opportunities are slim, approach a few companies and see if they’d be willing to spare some time for a chat so you can find out more about the industry and entry-level requirements to secure a job. You never know what might come of an informal chat. Check out our blog on how volunteering could help you.
Invest time and energy into CPD
Investing time into CPD will put you in a strong position when it comes to finding a career you love. So how can CPD help? Completing CPD will help build your confidence and credibility, it lets you showcase your achievements and equips you with the tools you’ll need to cope positively with change. Finding a job you love could involve a career change and a change of lifestyle, being able to demonstrate to a potential employer that you’re adept at dealing with change and committed to the cause thanks to tracking your CPD is one way of doing this. CPD will also help you establish your strengths (and weakness – we all have them!) which will also help you figure out what sort of career you’ll be best suited to. In our last blog, we looked at how knowing your strengths can help you win at your job.
Be in the know
Research by Robert Half shows that a desire for a higher salary is one of the top three reasons why people leave a job. Getting familiar with current market salaries is a key step in knowing how to get a job you love. Salary guides are a useful way to understand current rates of pay for your target industry, spend some time looking at job adverts to get a good idea of the rate of pay and if getting a job you love means a change of career, ask yourself if you’re prepared to take a drop in salary and start at the bottom of the ladder in order to pave your way.
How is success celebrated?
So you know you want the job, you know it will be a great role and you’ve been successful in making it through to the final interview stage. At this point remember that interviews are a two-way street. It’s worth finding out about the ethos of the company and whether there’s a natural merging of personalities – after all, if it’s your dream job it should tick all the boxes.
A good interview question to ask to help you understand the ethos of the company is how they celebrate success internally. Do they have a monthly or annual celebration, if targets are met what are the rewards? The answer to this question will help you establish whether your hard work will get the recognition it deserves and it will also tell you a lot about the work ethic of the company. Here at Leap Like A Salmon, we believe in hard work and in taking the time to celebrate the successes. Sharing the same ethos as the company where you will work is one step in the right direction to getting a job you love.
Why we’re fans of ‘job you love’ quotes
And finally, we’re big fans of inspirational quotes, they remind us why we do what we do and keep us driving forwards. When we think of job you love quotes, the obvious candidate is the well-known quote by Confucius “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Another favourite quote of ours is “work to become, not to acquire” by Elbert Hubbard. Once you’ve used the benefits of CPD to find your strengths, realised your potential, and given yourself the time you need to establish the direction you want to head in, you will become the employee, the colleague, the boss, or maybe even the business owner you always dreamed of becoming as you secure a job you love.
Our advice to find a job you love? Dream big, and go for it. A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.
Thank you for reading and should you have anything you want to ask us, please do get in touch here.