With the economy booming, and unemployment at the lowest rate it has been on more than a decade, opportunities are abundant to find a job you love. Gone should be the days where you dread going into work on a Monday morning, and look forward to Friday evenings as they signal the end of the work week.
Life is too short to waste time in a job you don’t love.
Whether you have always wanted to find a job in a creative environment, or have always wanted to switch to a more corporate culture there, hasn’t been a better time in recent history to begin finding a job you love.
If you take a trip through any suburb in the US, you’ll notice FOR HIRE signs up everywhere. The same is true online, where job postings and listings are abundant across nearly every industry.
Follow these next steps on how to find your dream job, and you’ll be on your way to professional satisfaction in 2018:
SEO & ATS Optimization
With the advancements in technology, and the heavier utilization of automated systems within hiring and human resource departments in companies of all sizes, it has never been easier to leverage optimization tactics to make sure you stand out from the crowd!
Ensuring that whenever you are submitting your resume and supporting application documents to job postings you are giving yourself the highest chance possible of reaching the top of internal applicant tracking systems (ATS) is the key to job market success.
By combining ATS optimization techniques with search engine optimization (SEO) tactics, you’ll set yourself up for success when applying for a job that you love.
How to Use Technology to Network to Find a Job You Love
Online tools like LinkedIn are a superb way to find a job you love and interact with the people who are currently doing that job. It never hurts to send along a connection request asking for a few minutes of their time to discuss their careers, so that you can see if the job you love is actually the right fit for you.
Mobile applications like Shapr are also an excellent way to increase your networking base. Shapr is a professional networking app where you can choose who you are interested in meeting, and if the sentiment is reciprocated, you are able to start a professional conversation. At which point, you can take the conversation offline and grab a coffee to discuss your background, experience, and potential opportunities.
Additionally, LinkedIn is a great tool for finding open positions in industries and companies that are either a direct match for the job you love, or for positions that can be the stepping stone on your way to the job you love.
If you’re not having any luck finding openings for the job you love, use your network to see how people got there, and match their careers. What kind of skills are needed that you don’t currently have? How can you boost your experience to match what is needed for the day-to-day at the job you love?
On the flip side to leveraging technology to find a job you love is networking the traditional way. Identify networking events in your area and attend, making sure that you have prepare a short introduction to yourself and how you are able to parlay your experience into success in the job that you love. At the end of the day, you never know who you will come across at a networking event.
Between online and offline techniques, finding a job you love in 2018 should be at the top of your mind if you are not currently enjoying your daily job description. By following our tips on how to find a job you love, 2018 could be the start of your dream career!