When I chat to women about their strategy for finding a job, so often they are approaching their search asking questions like:
- “what is out there?”,
- “how I can earn more money?”, and
- “how can I be the most attractive candidate to an employer?”
Which is fine. Really. It’s just fine.
But it’s not a recipe for finding a dream job.
To find a dream job we need to dream a little bigger. We need to be super clear on what it is we really want from a job instead of how we can convince a prospective employer that we are a good fit for a job.
Why squeeze your star-shaped self into a square-shaped hole when you could create a star-shaped role?
It also pays to make sure you feel aligned with what you want. You need to feel like you deserve it. If you aren’t convinced nobody else will be.
I currently have a part-time career, which I love. I enjoy the variety and balance this brings to my entrepreneurial pursuits. I also love the steady cash-flow (can I get a hell yeah for steady cash-flow??)
Before I applied, before I even jumped online to look for jobs, I got super clear on what I wanted.
Getting clear made it fairly effortless to:
- Screen out roles that weren’t right for me.
- Tailor my resume and cover letter to suit the application.
- Showcase how my skills are a fit for the job.
- Believe I am an excellent candidate and will truly enjoy the role.
- Speak openly and candidly about what I wanted in the interview.
- Negotiate pay and conditions that suited me to a tee.
I remember calling my friend after I left the interview, crying and laughing, elated at how easy and effortless it was to ask for what I wanted!
By contrast…I have had other experiences when I have applied for roles on a whim, not taking the time to really consider what I want from the role and if it’s a good fit for me. And some of those experiences have ended in tears.
Which do you prefer? Tears or dream careers?
I know which I prefer.
Some questions to ask yourself when you are looking for a dream career.
– What is it that I really want?
– What kind of environment do I want to work in?
– What type of work do I want to do?
– What kind of people do I want to work with?
– How much do I want to earn?
– How many hours per week do I want to work?
– How many kms or how many minutes do I want to travel to work?
– How do I want to feel when I need to get up and go to work?
– How do I want to feel at the end of the day?
Set yourself some non-negotiable criteria and consider being open and willing to consider any roles that fit into this.
You may be surprised and delighted to find a role – that you wouldn’t have even considered in your old thinking – which fits you like a glove.
If you want to have a coffee (in person or virtual) and a chat about re-creating your career and finances let me know. I am happy to help you get clarity and get aligned with your dream career. You deserve it!
Career and Financial Re-creation Strategist