I’ve been asked this question many, many times – “What do I need to do to get out of this rut and get my dream job?”
Over the years, I’ve seen too many people who have become very negative. The rut they think they are in has made them depressed and have taken the life out of them. This negativity is very self-destructive and if not corrected, you will most likely bring it into the new chapter in your life. Even if you’re starting fresh in a new job, as long as you don’t let go of that negativity, it’s going to follow you no matter where you go.
Ok, now that the negativity is out of the way, the next step is a make-over. No no…I don’t mean head to the spa or salon to get your hair and makeup done. Whilst that is one thing you do need, that isn’t the point here. I’m talking about rebranding yourself, or what I like to call “Up Your Effort”.
Think about it: When you look to upgrade your mobile, what do you look at? You go for the latest model, with the latest operating system version, with the latest functionalities, right?
This is similar to an interview and what a potential employer will do to assess you. They look at you, your qualifications, experience, etc.
So ask yourself then, “If I were a gadget, why would people buy me?” What is your latest operating system version? What are your newest functionalities? What do you have to offer other than a certain amount of time spent in your previous job?
Just like the mobile phone, you too should have an upgraded version; new skills, new mindsets, new attitudes, etc. This also applies if you’re looking at a new position within the same company. You have to “up your effort” no matter what. Otherwise, what exactly are you gaining from your time spent in that job?
When an employer looks for you, they want a new version of you.
So here are 4 important steps you need to look at to find your dream job and what makes you happy:
- What are 2 new skills you have acquired over the past 5 years?
- What are 2 new positive mindsets/attitudes you have obtained in the past 5 years?
- What are 2 challenges (pushing your boundaries) you are willing to take in the next one year?
- What are 2 FUN things you will include in your life in the next one year?
If you have managed to answer the above 4 questions then congratulations, you have already started your journey to “Up Your Effort”. Start every week by making a commitment to do something that requires you to be outside your comfort zone and stretch your capabilities.
Try it and let me know how your journey to your dream job goes.