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  • Tramelle D Jones

6 Things To Create Your Dream Job Now


Are you happy in your current job or career? You can answer... I won’t tell your boss! If you are unhappy, you’d be happy to know you aren't alone.


A daily Gallup poll found that 34.1% of U.S. workers are engaged at work. Gallup defines engaged employees as those who are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and workplace!


If only we could all be so lucky! Well… I think you can be! I don’t believe that dream jobs exist, I believe they are created.


We are all uniquely great at different things, how could a dream job be perfect for us without being made with us in mind?


Here are a few ways you can create your dream job!


1 - Redefine What a Dream Job Is!

When we were kids it was easy to blurt out the first thing we thought of when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”


But now, for some, the reality is settling in and we yearn for a job or career we can be proud of, feel connected to, and actually enjoy.

  • Consider jobs that aren’t glamorous but match perfectly with your skillset.

  • Learn what other positions within your current company consist of; maybe they are a better fit for you.

  • Be open to non-traditional roles. The US Department of Labor defines Non-traditional Occupations as occupations for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed in each such occupation.

Opening yourself up allows you to find that your dream job may not be as far away as you thought.


2 - Know Your Strengths.

To match your strengths with a position, you have to first know what your strengths is!

  • Take a personal inventory or survey about what you do well, what could be improved and what you flat out don’t know!

  • Make a list of what you hate to do! It might seem obvious but... Stay away from applying to jobs that consist of more than 50% of what you don't enjoy.

  • Don’t just consider the skills you use in the workplace, go back to your school days. What subjects did you excel in and still hold your interest today?

  • Take into account your hobbies and extracurricular activities.

By making a full assessment of your skills, strengths, and abilities you’ll be able to better understand what positions would be best for you.


3 - Take Responsibility for Your Own Professional Development.

We never stop learning and it’s easy to get bored if we aren’t given new tasks. One mistake we often make is to expect that it’s our boss who is responsible for making us better at our job - It’s not!


If you want to be better you'll need to take the initiative to identify what can make you better.

Before you consider anything new, be sure to fully master your current duties. It would be silly to ask your boss for more challenging tasks if you still struggle at tasks already assigned.

  • Learn a new skill by taking an online course, asking a co-worker to teach you, or requesting to attend a training.

  • Find ways to increase your productivity or that of the team.

  • Volunteer to train your co-workers, interview new hires, complete reports or sit on a committee.

Sometimes, just having a conversation with your supervisor, expressing your plan to be a better employee, or doing more challenging work can put you on their radar for new opportunities being discussed behind closed doors.


4 - Negotiate Away Tasks You Don't Enjoy

No position is going to be 100% everything you dreamed it to be. You should expect at a minimum that 20% of your tasks are "grunt work". Those tasks that you might not find glamorous but still have to do.

You'd be surprised to find that you may have co-workers who despise the tasks you love! If you hate the slow, repetitive work of filing things away, it may be the break your co-worker looks forward to.


It's important to have co-workers you can trust, within that circle, you can find someone who'll trade their data entry, which you love for your filing!

  • Talk with your core work friends about the tasks you like and dislike to gauge their interests.

  • Only offer to swap tasks that aren't tied to your core job description.

  • Set up a system for swapped tasks, deadlines, and check-ins.

  • Mention it casually to your supervisor before moving forward.

This could be a game-changer for how you view your current position. There is also potential for things to go wrong so stay on top of things as they are still your responsibility.


5 - Be Open to Criticism and Consider the Source.

I purposely didn’t use the term “constructive criticism” because many can’t tell the difference. I have quite a few clients who feel they shouldn’t be told or spoken to in a certain way. Often we are upset with the message so we blame the messenger.

  • Listen to criticism simply for the message.

  • Consider if there is any truth to the message.

  • Regardless of how you feel about the message, understand that these are the stories being told about you behind closed doors.

  • You'll need to identify how and if you can change that narrative.

  • Changing the narrative may mean discussing ways to improve with your supervisor.

  • If you feel you're being treated unfairly or you can't change the narrative, it may be time to start a stealth job search.

There are times when malice or ill intent are a part of criticism but, it takes a critical listener to know the difference.


6 - Find a Mentor or Accountability Partner.

How many times have you mentally promised yourself you would go back to school, apply for that promotion or join an organization but not follow through.


The best way to combat this is by having someone who will hold you to your goals.


I’m not saying you need a boot camp instructor who’ll force you to “get down and give them 20!” but you need someone to talk things through and hold you to your word.


When I suggest a mentor, some of my clients get freaked out. They picture someone who will reject their ideas and talk down to them. If you are in that type of mentorship - Get out! NOW!

  • A mentor should be someone who helps you process your ideas, gives advice based on their experience but doesn’t force you to conform to their way of thinking.

  • They should be someone you trust, has a proven track record of what you consider successful, and has time to meet with you for 2 hours at least 4 times a year.

  • If finding someone like this is out of reach, find a friend who you trust and ask them to be your Accountability Partner.

  • You should feel confident this person won’t repeat your conversations.

  • They should be non-judgmental and open to hearing your points of view but will still tell you the truth.

  • It's important you two can communicate effectively and they don’t overtalk or insist you do what their cousins, mothers, step-dad did.

  • Your Accountability Partner isn't responsible for you making changes, they just agree to listen and check in regarding your progress towards your goals.

Doing these 6 things should put you in a place where you can create the position you have always wanted. Maybe it’s the job you have now, but doing more of what you enjoy.


It could manifest in the promotion that comes after you’ve mastered your current job duties.


You may also find that you are in the wrong field altogether, and if that is you… remember, it’s never too late to change!


 

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