How does the word job make you feel? ::cries a little::
I knowwww you know what I’m talking about! Most people do unfortunately. But that is because a job has become a means to an end. It’s something you do to make money so you can have money to live and do the things you want to do. <confusing, boring and a little sad, don’t you think?
Not to mention it’s that little something that you spend at least 1/3 of your day doing, 5 days a week. Just as a means to an end… to have money to spend for those 2 days a week where you feel like you can do what you want.
Well well well, I’m in the process of looking for a job and it had me thinking about all of this. So I’ve decided… I’m going to do what I want. I’m going to make the process even more grueling by searching for jobs that I would genuinely enjoy, jobs that wouldn’t feel like jobs as much as other ones. I’ve also been inspired by an article I read on Linked In yesterday, it was worth a share! And then I decided to
procrastinate commit to that idea by expressing it in writing via this lovely post.
I’ve learned a few things along the way so now that I’ve found a few jobs I might actually enjoy more than going to the dentist, allow me to share.
- What do you like to do? Pick something you like to do, that you’d like to get paid to do. The catch here though is to make sure that whatever you pick is something you can see as more than a hobby/passion. There can be a fine line, but sometimes when you decide to dive into the nitty gritty of what you love, you fall out of love with it.
- I have decided to pursue dancing, in various ways, to achieve my career goals, I don’t mind diving right in and hashing out the details, it doesn’t ruin anything for me. HOWEVER, if I decided to pursue baking and someone tried to tell me how to decorate my cakes… NO WAY, Jose. So thats what I mean.
- Why do you want to do it? That seems simple, but it can be so hard to define this aspect of it. I always like to do this because when the going gets tough, remembering why I want to do something in the first place is like a reality check. Why do you want to have that dream job as an artist or a writer? Why do you want to start your own company? Figure it out, write it down and always remember it.
- What makes you good at it? Every job application and interview is basically a pitch. You need to be able to pitch yourself to the company, organization, investor, whomever it is and let them know why they need you. Why are you good? What will you bring to the table. Same goes here.. Figure it out, write it down and always remember it.
That’s it honestly, I really meant a few things! I feel like these things are what keep me grounded.