The most successful and efficient people often have something in common, and that’s the ability to ‘work smart’. They focus on what is really important, trimming the fat that comes with every project or task. In fact, this is a principle that can be applied not just in the workplace, but in all facets of life … including the purposeful search for your dream job.
So, you’ve made your mind up that you’re going to shoot for the stars. The search for your dream job is under way, whatever that might be (and it may be that you aren’t even sure yet), you’re resolved to make your next career move count. You’re not just looking for a job that pays the bills – you’re looking for a launchpad for a bright future, a path to fulfilment, and, ultimately, a sense of personal success.
You’ll probably hear a lot of clichés as you embark on this quest. Not the least of which will be the saying that ‘finding a job is a full-time job in its own right’. Yes … and no! You see, like most things in life you can make it as much of an endurance process as you choose. Of course, aside from the fortunate few, dream job opportunities rarely land in our lap with no effort. But, equally, it needn’t take over your life. Working smart at your job search means zoning in on what really matters. It means starting with some introspective reflection and working out what makes you tick. And if you can nail that first stage of the process, you’ll waste far less time chasing down dead ends. When employers embark on filling a vacancy, their search focusses on identifying the right person, with the right skills and the right fit for the business. It should be no different in reverse. Your dream job is out there. It’s at the right company, doing the right job, in the right organisational culture. Seek and ye shall find – but only if you know what you’re looking for!
Even if you do know exactly what you want out of your next job, the search can feel overwhelming at the best of times. Perhaps you’ve never written your CV or haven’t updated it in ages? Maybe you’re struggling with how to present your desire to completely switch careers, or explain a career break? And, like most people, you’re probably lost for words when it comes to defining who you are, what you do, and what’s important to you in the 200-word nutshell that the automated company application form generously affords you.
At FindMyWhy we understand all these frustrations, and many more. Just knowing where to start and how to get your search under way in the right direction is daunting enough. We believe that the cornerstone to it all is neatly packaged in one crucial word: purpose. At FindMyWhy, that’s exactly where we start – by helping you to define who you are, what you value most and what drives you, personally and professionally, we can point you purposefully and confidently in the direction of your perfect job. We help you make smart work of your job search, not tedious work. And we won’t charge you a penny because it is all completely free.
Developed by our expert team of psychologists, FindMyWhy is a free and accessible online service. Our ‘Psychological Selfie’ questionnaire delves into a holistic assessment of individual values, goals, purpose and personality, resulting in a personalised report, a bespoke toolkit to offer guidance on opportunities that uphold these values, and the means to articulate them effectively at interview. But we don’t just stop there – if you looking to be supported and guided more closely through your job search, we’re with you all the way. Our Dream Job package is a complementary, tailored online personal coach, which takes your ‘psychological selfie’ report even further. Packed with specific, practical and valuable resources, the Dream Job pack is designed to support you with wording your CV according to your reported preferences and strengths, preparing for different types of interview, constructing and articulating your best interview responses, and generally navigating the waters of the recruitment cycle. Based on your unique Psychological Selfie report, we provide guidance that is unique and specific to you, your profile, your values and your purpose, enabling you to sell the best version of yourself with confidence and authenticity.
We believe that’s a great kick-starter for your search for a dream job. After all, the first step of the process has to be understanding your own purpose and values, pinpointing your unique, definition of fulfilment and success, and identifying the circumstances and environment that enable you to flourish. It’s the difference between ‘finding a job’ and crafting a life you love.
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