Why is job dissatisfaction at an all-time high? Here are 4 reasons why most people end up in jobs they hate:
- Most people rush. It takes time to figure out what your dream job is, but most people spend more time working on their resume than they do on deciding on what type of job they actually want! You have virtually no chance of ending up in your dream job unless you identify what it is BEFORE you start your job search. If you don’t have a destination in mind, you will probably end up somewhere you don’t really want to be. Be patient with yourself; it takes time to figure out what you want to do.
- Most people pursue other people’s dreams. Everyone loves to give career advice to students and young professionals, so it’s easy to get brainwashed and pursue a job for the wrong reasons. You won’t find your dream job by chasing a “hot” industry or field, by chasing a job just because you think it will allow you to make a ton of money, or by naively accepting “advice” being jammed down your throat by parents, family, friends, professors, or society. The only way to get your dream job is to be honest about what YOU want to do. The answer is inside you, not outside.
- Most people expect perfection. A dream job is not a soul-mate. It’s not about finding “the one.” There are lots of jobs out there that could be dream jobs for you. A dream job is also not a “perfect” job. When I had my first dream job to work for an NBA team, there were still plenty of times and days when I got frustrated or when I even fantasized about doing something else. In my second dream job as a speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur, I also have moments and days when I experience stress and challenges. This is normal when you try to do big things. No job will ever be perfect, exciting, and free from frustration 100% of the time. If that is your expectation, you will always be disappointed.
- Most people don’t look at the big picture. Another major mistake people make when trying to identify their dream job is that they fail to envision their ideal life first. You have to think about what you want from your life, and then work backwards to determine how your job/career fits into that puzzle.
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-Author of “I Got My Dream Job And So Can You” (due out through AMACOM in spring 2012)
-President of Idealize Enterprises
-Creator of The Dream Job College Tour
–Creator of The Washington Wizards’ Sports Careers Day