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You have finally found the no-nonsense guide that will teach you how to make a career transition to your dream job.
I don’t know what your dream job is, but I do know that you want to be happy at your job, work less and make more money.
How do you achieve that?
Start getting paid for doing what you love to do!
Now that you have the simple answer, let me bring out the no-nonsense part of the deal.
Making a career transition requires a serious strategy. You want this life change to be something that is rewarding both personally and financially.
Therefore, you need the best strategy, and this article will provide you exactly that! By the time you finish reading, you will be well equipped and fired up to make a career transition to your dream job.
Reasons for making a career transition
According to a worldwide survey, 85% of workers worldwide admit to hating their job. A whopping 23% of workers are “actively disengaged”, meaning “They act out and undermine what their coworkers accomplish.” (1)
So what is the remaining 15% doing that makes them happy about their job?
They feel rewarded by their career, rather than trapped at their job.
Enduring this kind of work environment inevitably leads to stress, anxiety and depression. It is also increasingly damaging for your self-esteem and mental health in the long run.
Therefore, if this list reflects how you feel about your work, then you definitely need a career transition.
But let’s face facts, this is easier said than done. Otherwise, why would so many people remain in jobs they hate?
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What is holding back your career?
Aside from loan payments and liabilities, for instance, something else holds a tight grip on your career. That something is – insecurity.
Insecurity leads to mediocrity, and mediocrity is the silent killer of dreams.
“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” – Lewis Carroll
Meanwhile, finding the strategy to getting your dream job is a piece of cake, and we’ll go through it in this very article.
However, this strategy requires that you to stop making excuses and, instead, tap into your desire to succeed. The desire to succeed is essential! If you want to make it, then you have to be eager to make it.
Let’s look at some of the most common excuses for being stuck in a dead-end career:
“You don’t know where I’ve been…”
This one’s a classic. I know many who are sentenced to a dead-end career by this excuse. After a few bad experiences, you just want a stable job where no one bothers you, so you settle for something that’s comfortable.
“I want a change, but I don’t know how.”
Staying at a low paying, low-stress job is a comfort zone. Getting stuck in a comfort zone is not good, but building a career from it is far worse. To grow, you need to continuously challenge yourself, aiming for the optimal performance zone. (2)
“Every place I work is messed up.”
If you can’t hold on a job for more than a couple of months, then you’re stuck in a job changing loop. A job changing loop is the worst, because you’re always on starting wage and also losing money between jobs.
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne
Every journey starts with orienting yourself toward your destination. By figuring out what is the best career path for you, you can more easily navigate toward your dream job.
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What is the best career for you?
I promised you no-nonsense, so here it goes.
The term dream job is not just an empty phrase. It is actually possible to have that job, but you will need to compromise with reality.
The Japanese have a concept called “Ikigai”, which roughly translates to “the reason to get up in the morning”, but I like to think of it as “your career sweet spot”. (3)
Your career sweet spot is located at the intersection of what you love doing, what you’re good at doing, what you can get paid for and what the world needs.
Here is an example:
A nice pin can illustrate much, but for this task you will need more practical help. Hence, I’ve made a 4 step exercise which will help you apply your personal preferences to the diagram.
This way, you can easily narrow down your search for your career sweet spot:
1st Step – What you get paid to do
Make a list of your hard and soft skills. In a nutshell, hard skills are your job qualifications, while soft skills are your people skills. Making this list will help narrow your choice to a few industries, according to your vocation and skill-set.
2nd Step – What you are good at
Take the Brigs- Meyers personality test. The test score will give you a full report on your personality. (4)
This will help you understand what kind of work environment makes you most comfortable and brings out the best in you.
3rd Step – What you love to do
Now that you know your skills and personality type, add your hobbies and odd talents to the list. This is because the things you do for fun reveal a lot about your talents and passion. Moreover, the very key to your ideal career is in skillful capitalizing on your talents.
4th Step – What the world needs
This last step is critical to making sure that your career also helps you build wealth. Consider the following question carefully:
Where do you see a big, and growing, demand that you could help supply for with your unique skill-set?
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” – Aristotle
While I do hope that you are fired up about making a career transition to your dream job, there is still an actual job to be found.
So then, let’s see how we can put your career transition ideas into a career transition plan.
How to find your dream job
The way to achieve career success is by climbing the career ladder.
Your dream job is, most likely, not something you can apply for. Rather, it is the end goal of your career trajectory.
However, you don’t have to start at the bottom. Since you’ve chosen a career path that’s in line with your personality, talents, passions and skill-set, you are already above-average qualified.
Therefore, don’t sell yourself short when looking for a job! Instead, aim for a job that will reward you for challenging yourself.
Aim for growth:
Ideally, you should make your career transition to a big enterprise. Large companies are more intimidating than mom & pop shops, but they are also more rewarding for your career.
There, you will learn from more qualified people about how things are done on a bigger scale and, most importantly, you will have ample room for career growth.
Aim for earnings:
Remember, you will be applying to do something that you know and love to do. Depending on your job experience, you should aim that you have above average pay within one year.
Once you prove yourself as capable and passionate, getting a raise or a promotion is a piece of cake. You can find several articles on this website to help your career grow.
“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for it.” – Katharine Whitehorn
Doing the work that you’re good at is only one part of having a fulfilling career. The other part is being rewarded for your efforts.
Even if the job you aim for turns out to be another dead end, you will gain valuable experience and confidence that will help you upgrade to a better job.
Now let’s get down to the most important part of your career transition, which is – your character transition.
How to prepare for career transition
The biggest source of stress from your job was probably the feeling of being trapped and that’s no longer the case.
Any feelings of worry or resentment that you have for your current job or colleagues you need to let them go now!
From this point on, you need to focus all your energy and time into preparing for your new career and your new life.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
The best way to switch to a success driven mindset is by changing your daily habits. Starting a new challenging job is stressful on its own, so you need to be in your best shape when the time comes for your career transition.
For this reason, you need to start building your good daily habits right away.
The very first thing you should do is start a productive routine. The best way to achieve this is with a monthly planner.
Aside from making a planner, here are some more tips to prepare for career transition:
- Start looking into potential jobs, and remember to aim high.
- Brush up on your hard skills that will prove useful in your next job.
- Work on the soft skills that you will need on to fit in and advance.
- Start working on your majestic Curriculum Vitae.
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How to make a powerful Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Imagine if you went fishing and you had no bait. You will get the same result by applying for a serious job with a bad CV.
A good CV will get your foot through the door, which is the crucial first step to getting the job that you want. In your CV, you need to present yourself in the very best light that you can without downright lying.
There are 3 things you need to know in order to make a powerful CV.
1st – What are recruiters looking for?
Depending on how competitive the job is, the recruiter will, at first, spend a very short time glancing through your CV for key attributes and red flags.
You can use this to your advantage to make a great first impression before you even get to meet anyone in person.
2nd – How to make a CV?
While there are no rules in making a CV, there is a certain etiquette that the recruiter will expect from you.
- Use the most basic format possible. (5)
- Make sure your cover letter is short, simple and relatable (6)
- Keep the content of your CV short, simple and relevant.
- Use a font that is easy to skim through, like Helvetica.
3rd – How to tailor your CV for the employer?
Tailoring your CV for the employer is important, if you’re aiming for a job in high demand. Here are some tips to make your CV stand out:
“When we put our best foot forward, the other one had better be good enough to stand on.” – Cullen Hightower
If you apply these lessons well, then your CV will make the recruiter excited to interview you.
So now that you know how to set the stage, let me teach you how to impress the interviewer.
How to nail your job interview
You’ve got your foot in the door and now it’s time to close the deal.
Job interview is all about the first impression, and this is a great thing. All you need to do is make an honest presentation of your skills and passion for the job.
Unless you’re aiming too high, or in the wrong direction, then this strategy will convince the recruiter that you are the right person for the job.
“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Donald Kendall
To make your career take off and keep growing strong, you need to keep over-delivering on your employer’s expectations.
For this reason, you need to start building a success mindset as soon as possible, so that the when the time comes, you can over-deliver without breaking a sweat.
Practical tips to nail your job interview:
- Prepare topical points to keep the conversation flowing without awkward pauses.
- Know how these questions: Who are you, why are you here and how can you contribute to the company?
- Dress appropriate to the company culture.
- Arrive early. Being on time is important, and you can use the few minutes to pull your act together.
- Turn the sound on your cellphone off.
- When talking, then be polite, speak clearly and keep your topical points in mind.
- If you are nervous, then don’t try to hide it. Instead, tell them that you are excited for the opportunity.
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Let’s review what you have learned so far:
- Doing the job that you like makes you happy to go to work.
- Being good at excuses will lead you to building a dead-end career.
- Your ideal career is in the intersection of your personality, talents, passions and skill-set.
- Your next job needs to bring you good earnings, as well as room for career growth.
- Preparation is half the battle. Working on yourself is the best way to ensure successful career growth.
- A powerful CV will get your foot through the door and set the stage for a successful interview.
- The level of your confidence and preparedness will determine the outcome of your interview.
As always, I have a finishing thought for you:
A loving family and a fulfilling life’s work is everything you can hope for in the world. If you can maintain those two things, then you will be the richest person in the world.
Did you enjoy this article? Leave a comment and let me know!
- The world’s broken workplace
- From comfort zone to performance management
- Ikigai / Career sweet spot
- The Briggs- Meyers test
- CV template 1, CV template 2
- Cover letter