If you want to be happier, you need to find a fulfilling job. Here are 5 tips to make sure your career is one of fulfillment, meaning and purpose.
We all deserve to be happy in our lives. But one major element of our life will always have an impact on our happiness. And that’s our job.
Our careers take up a lot of our time in life. So with that in mind, you want to find a fulfilling job – doing work that makes you happy. If that’s not the case, then life really is too short to stay stuck in a career that you don’t enjoy.
Firstly, you need to prioritize finding your passions in life – and then doing them.
You need to spend your time immersed in work you’re excited about, that bring meaning, purpose and value to your life – more than just bringing you money.
So what are you passionate about?
It could be something you currently do as a hobby. Or it might be something you loved as a child – but were talked out of pursuing. Or it could be something you know you’re exceptionally talented at. Or it might be an area of interest you want to learn more about or do something to support. Or maybe it’s something you’re afraid to pursue – but you’re drawn to this arena of work in a truly deep way.
Once you’ve figured out what feels like a true passion, then the next stage is to look at what options are out there in terms of jobs that relate to this passion. This brings us to step 2….
The next thing you want to do is research.
If you want to find a job that’s fulfilling, research is highly important. It will help you to figure out what jobs you are qualified for. And what jobs that you might need to enter into at a lower position- to give yourself a jumpstart.
After doing some research you might discover that you need additional training – so can garner the qualifications required to snag your idea job.
Or…you may find that the job you’re after doesn’t even exist! So there’s always the option of maybe starting up your own business if that’s something you’d be committed to doing.
Starting a business is a little more complex. But there are many people now that are able to set up a business from scratch – and need very little funding to do so. This brings us to step 3…
When you’re looking into a new kind of job – or an entirely new industry you’re unfamiliar with – then you’ll come to realize that you may know very little about it and the role you’re looking into.
So you might want to explore linkedin recruiting. There are so many people on this site that use it as a way to connect with other people in their industry. Basically, it’s a gold mine of information!
You should not only reach out to people who might hire you. You should also reach out to those who are already in the role you want. You can ask these people if they find their job fulfilling. Plus you can explore if they’ll give you advice on what what they did to secure their job. A few people may not respond. But some will definitely take the time out to answer someone who is asking them for advice.
Quite frankly, a good salary is important to most people. When it comes to your salary, you want to be happy with the amount you’re getting every month.
So when you’re looking for a job that’s fulfilling, definitely make sure the salary they’re offering is fulfilling too. Or if it’s a low salary – then make sure there’s room for swift growth- if you work hard and excel.
The transparent truth: If the salary is too low – for too long – then you will not be happy.
When you’ve secured interviews for the relevant jobs, pay close attention to your interview process and the company itself.
The company is looking for someone who will fit their dynamic and company environment.
Also keep in mind: They may think you are perfect for them. However, it needs to work both ways.
If you want to find a fulfilling job, then you too need to be happy with the company’s core values, general morale and environment.
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