If you google, “How to find your dream job?”, you will get 11,700,000 results – 11 million ideas of how to find and get your dream job. That is a lot of opinions. Most of these articles will tell you to think about what you want to do and go after it. They don’t address the analysis paralysis which can be accompanied by having the doors wide open. They don’t address the fact that you KNOW that is the idea, you’re just trapped in analysis paralysis.
I hope you can handle one more opinion, because for March, I am bringing you a 6-week guide EVERY WEDNESDAY to help you understand your needs and wants when it comes to choosing your “dream job.”
Except we are not trying to find our “dream” job. We are trying to find our sweet spot job. Don’t worry about what you will be 20 years from now. Worry about what you hope to be doing 2 or 3 years from now. It’s like dating: in a perfect world you find Mr. Right, but in this imperfect universe, you may just find Mr. Right NOW!
A Sweet Spot Job will suit your personal and professional goals today. It is not necessarily paying you exactly the salary you want, it is not necessarily giving you the perfect work life balance, but it is giving you mostly what you want, and that is enough to give you breathing room to truly know, through experience, what is important.
Forced choices, in particular those “rock and a hard place” choices, can make life difficult and stressful. Changing perspective to finding your Sweet Spot Job can take off the pressure and enable you to see the forest through the trees, if you will. It also allows you the freedom to admit what you want and need today may not be what you want and need in the future.
Today you may be single, living in NYC in an apartment that costs more than half your monthly income, and your top priority is a job that allows you to go into work at 10 on Friday since you enjoy going out Thursday nights. In 10 years, you may need a job that lets you work 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. because you have to be there to pick your kid up from school. Your life is constantly evolving and you need to approach your “dream” job hunt in the same way.
Over the next few weeks, we will walk through the 5 W’s of finding your Sweet Spot Job, and hopefully get some clarity on what you may want as life moves forward.