By Valencia Higuera
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Brie Reynolds, senior career specialist at “FlexJobs”, a service for people seeking part-time, telecommuting or freelance work says that it’s important to consider not only “what” you want to do in your dream job but also “how” you want to do it.
Finding your dream job might seem like a fantasy. However, with the right strategy and a little soul searching, you could land the opportunity of a lifetime.
Whether you’re a recent college graduate or an experienced worker contemplating a mid-career shift, you can take steps to set yourself up for success. Here are five practical pieces of advice for finding your dream job.
IDENTIFY YOUR IDEAL SITUATION
Landing a dream job isn’t just about getting a good paycheck. You also have to find a company that harmonizes with your personality, values and needs.
Think back to previous jobs you’ve held and consider why some of those positions didn’t work for you.
For example, the jobs might have demanded too much from you or required weekend work, which took time away from family and friends.
It’s important to consider not only “what” you want to do but also “how” you want to do it, said Brie Reynolds, senior career specialist at FlexJobs, a service for people seeking part-time, telecommuting or freelance work.
“A dream job can turn into a nightmare if the employer expects so much from you that the job starts to conflict with your personal life,” said Reynolds. “So, when you’re seeking your dream job, also be on the lookout for your dream company and dream work situation.”
TAKE A CAREER ASSESSMENT TEST
A job can be so much more than a means to pay the bills, but only if your career motivates you and brings satisfaction. To that end, you won’t find your dream career until you figure out what you’re passionate about.