In today’s job market, many focus just on maintaining a job, or finding one beneath their skill set in order to pay the bills. Some employers have even added the extra caveat that only applicants with jobs need apply. How do we change the focus to a more positive one?
A few years ago, I asked a disgruntled employee I inherited to create his dream job description. A week later he e-mailed me a link to a job posting he had found online. He missed the point of the exercise. I wanted to know how he envisioned his dream job in his own words, so he would think about it and how to make it happen. When he forwarded me his resume, I knew why he wasn’t progressing. It was written like a laundry list, or the resume of someone who had just graduated high school, and it lacked any of the qualifications he had that met the requirements of the dream job, even though I knew he had them.
What’s your dream job? If you aren’t in it at the moment, are you finding a way to make it happen? Are you taking classes to learn a new business to explore starting your own business? What’s your next step?