The Peer Support Guideline tells us: We expect a better tomorrow in a realistic way.
Finding our dream job is predicated on having realistic goals for what a better job is for us.
First take into account what you realistically can and can’t do.
A person with a criminal history might have to attach a 4-Point Response to a job application that states why and how they’ve changed and become a productive law-abiding citizen since coming out of jail. (A lot of employers are still hesitant to hire people who served jail time regardless of the type of offense.)
Try on a career or two or three by doing an internship or volunteer work in the field(s).
Chris Guillebeau, the author of Born for This, call this “career shopping” instead of career hopping. Any number of free or paid personality and vocational tests can help you narrow down your search to two or three alternatives.
It’s like being at a designer sample sale–you won’t know if a career like an item of clothing will fit until you try it on. Risk-taking involves making a mistake to learn what not to do.
Get trained to code HTML, cut hair, or in another skill that is valuable.
This can help you work at a job to get experience while you look for a more ideal job. In the 1990s I typed 75 WPM and knew MS Word back when it was 3.0 with a File Manager document system. Thus I was always able to get temporary jobs when I was unemployed.
Staying current with in-demand skills required in your field can also make you competitive in obtaining an actual dream job.
Use your gifts, strengths, personality traits, and life experience as the foundation for building a successful career on.
The job you covet that appears and sounds so dazzling might actually be a nightmare not a dream job if it’s ill-fitting. To this day it eludes me how I could’ve thought I would succeed as a corporate superstar when I was and always will be a quirky artist at heart.
Pay attention to your gut instinct or practical intuition that is telling you what to do and what might be a good fit.
Truly the insight to a dream job might come to you in a dream or a flash like a light bulb going off.