How to Find a Job You Enjoy
Many people have jobs they dislike. They may even dread getting up in the morning to go to work. However, they stay at their jobs because they need a paycheck to pay the bills and provide for their families. But what if they could find a job they truly enjoy? Some people may think it’s impossible, but it’s not. Here are a few tips to help you find a job you love.
List Your Likes
First, ask yourself what you like to do, then write those things down. It could be anything if it is something you genuinely enjoy. For instance, some people love to cook and bake. Maybe you have a hobby such as painting or woodworking. Perhaps you like making crafts or refinishing old furniture. Remember that hobbies often turn into professions, and your likes have the potential to be career-changing.
List Your Strengths and Abilities
Next, ask yourself what things you do well. Perhaps your strengths include problem solving and organization. You may have a natural talent for decorating cakes or are handy at fixing small appliances. List whatever you are good at but be honest with yourself. You may like to cook and be good at it; however, you may want to paint but don’t have any artistic ability.
Make a Final List
Now, evaluate your two lists to determine what things you do well and enjoy. Your final list should only contain activities that you can do with a moderate skill level. For example, you may state that you are a good cook, and you can bake cakes and decorate them. Additionally, you are good at organizing events and hosting parties.
Consider Your Options
There are three options for change in job or career from the above list. For instance, you can consider a job as a cook, or you may want to attend culinary school if you are interested in becoming a chef. You could also investigate local bakery jobs needing a baker and/or cake decorator. The third option presents the possibility of event planner jobs. You could narrow this option down into a specific niche such as children’s parties, weddings, fundraising events, etc. You could also tie a love of cooking into this option by catering to such events.
Now that you have decided you want to start looking for your dream job. Search for jobs in your market and start applying. Don’t be deterred by a lack of education or professional experience. Many jobs have entry levels that will consider your skillset and allow you to enhance those skills on the job. Focus on your strengths, skills, and life experience. List your positive attributes on the resume and/or application. If you have good organizational skills and the ability to multitask and problem solve, be sure to make any potential employers aware of those traits. If you want a job that you enjoy, you must be willing to step out of your comfort zone and make a move forward. What have you got to lose, except maybe a job that you dread?