/ Asked by Rachel
Do you have any tips for how I can truly find my "dream job?" Anything I should do to help narrow down the options out there to find what would be best for me and then take the steps to open those doors? Thanks!
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Thursday, June 4, 2015
Well, that is a million dollar question. People spend their whole life looking for their dream job. I have a couple of tips for you as you consider this question:
1) What do you enjoy doing? What do dislike doing? Use these questions as a guide to types of jobs you go after.
2) Try doing several different types internships/job shadow, this will give you greater insight into what you enjoy doing and what you do not enjoy doing.
3) Be realistic; don’t set your standards so narrowly that you set yourself up for failure. Be open to new ideas and also understand that every job will have aspects that you like more than others.
I wish you the best of luck in this search!
-Nell
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, June 4, 2015
That’s a big ask! I think most people wonder the same thing, even folks who have been in the workforce for many years. At some point we all stop and reconsider what we’re doing and where we are in our careers, and imagine the possibilities. New grads, especially, often spend quite a bit of time contemplating their career options and where these roads may ultimately lead in 10 (or 20) years.
 
I think your most effective method of self-reflection should include carefully examining your:
 
1)      Current skills and areas of expertise, as well as the skills you desire to obtain
2)      Formal education and/or educational goals
3)      Interests and your passions (e.g. the industries, events, and topics that inspire or excite you)
4)      Financial objectives and timelines
5)      Ideal workplace environment
6)      Preferred mix of routine versus fluctuating job responsibilities
7)      Prospective interest in leadership roles (or lack thereof)
8)      Ideal team composition, including your interaction with potential colleagues and leaders
9)      Desired residential versus working locations
10)   Expectation of work-life balance
 
In addition, and just as important, I would think about the things which don’t appeal to you. Did you intensely dislike a certain class in college, and why was that? Did you purposefully avoid participating in any specific campus activities, events, or clubs, because it wasn’t interesting, or you weren’t comfortable doing so? Did you enjoy taking charge of group projects, or did you really dislike being responsible for an ensemble of participants?
 
Think hard about what you like, what feels comfortable, and what has strongly resonated with you in the past. Identify your values, and what aligns with your beliefs and your life goals. But be practical. If you really loved that course on 19th Century Russian Poetry, but you aren’t interested in becoming an academic, or pursuing a graduate degree in the Russian Language, you may want to steer clear of a career trajectory heading in that direction.
 
Lastly, I would highly recommend exploring these two sites! The O*NET will even tell you projected salaries/wages for various roles and job outlooks.
 
www.mynextmove.org
www.onetonline.org
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, June 5, 2015
The best advice that I can give on this subject is to focus on doing work that you truly love or working in an industry that you truly love.  You may not even know what this is for you at this point, so you may need to go through a couple of jobs before you figure it out.  In today's work world, we are constantly connected, so it is very difficult to truly get away from your work.  Because of the fact that we spend so much time either working or thinking about work, the best way to manage it is to ensure it is something you are passionate about.  Too often, we get caught up on how much money we make and what job titles we have, when the happiest workers that I have come across don't make a great deal of money and are not leaders in their workplace.  They have simply found something to do in which they are passionate and they look forward to doing it every day.
Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Similar to the other answers you received; the first step would be to think about what you are passionate about and what really interests you in a future position. I would definitely be mindful that you might not find your “dream job” with the first position you have. Think about what you like and dislike doing. Are there locations you want to move to? What type of business setting do you want to be in? Corporate or a business unit? Small or large business? There are many questions to ask yourself to better understand what you are looking for and what will make you happy every morning that you have to wake up to go to work. Last piece of advice is to be open to new ideas and experiences. Some of the best experiences come from opportunities that might be outside of your comfort zone!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, July 6, 2015
Information Interview, Information Interview, Information Interview!  Great advice has come from other responders about finding your passion and going after it!  Once you have your lists, have your goals, have your narrowed down ideas you need to network in the chosen industries/companies and work to get in there to have some real conversations with people doing the job or working in the company.  Be forthright with your questions, let people know right up front that you are looking to find your true career and want to be an informed participant in your future.  You would be amazed at how far that kind of transparent desire to learn and engage can take you!  Best of luck, you are endeavoring on a lifetime long journey to find your purpose!
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