Three steps to take today to build a meaningful and fulfilling career
By Jenny Sidhoo
Do you feel inspired each day when you’re at work? Do you feel like you are utilizing your unique skills to make an impact that matters? Can you stand up tall and say I LOVE MY JOB and really mean it? If you can, congratulations! You have a meaningful career that plays to your strengths and gives you the power to achieve your goals. If you can’t, what steps are you taking to move towards a career that offers you that level of fulfillment?
As a Recruitment Advisor, I am constantly connecting with professionals and engaging in authentic conversations to uncover what they are truly passionate about. If you are looking to make a positive change in your career path, here are some tips to kick start your search.
1. Write it down
To find a career that plays to your strengths and unleashes your inner passion you need to clearly define what you are looking for. What excites and motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? What goals do you keep putting off until next year? What is unique about you that can add value to an organization? Make a list, as short or long as you wish, and clearly define what you are looking to achieve. Don’t worry, just because you are writing it down, it doesn’t mean it is set in stone. Goals and aspirations change, sometimes as quickly as the weather, but if you don’t take the time to write them down you may miss out on something amazing.
2. Look for a connection not just a job
Ok, you’ve created a list of things you love and want to achieve and have a better idea of what you are looking for. You’ve searched online for opportunities that match this list but nothing is coming up, now what? Don’t limit yourself to only those roles that are currently posted, there are many more potential opportunities out there. A great place to start is building your professional network. This will give you the opportunity to meet with people face to face and express your abilities and goals in person. A resume can only say so much. Face time is so valuable nowadays and will really set you apart from the rest of the candidate pool. Find someone you think you can build a meaningful connection with and ask them to grab a cup of coffee and let the conversation flow.
3. Say yes!
Now that you’ve beefed up your professional network you will now have a broader view of career opportunities since you’ll have access to opportunities that are not posted on job boards. If you’re lucky enough, someone in your network may reach out to you directly about an up and coming role with their organization. Be open to the opportunity to meet with them and discuss the potential fit. It might not be your dream job, but will it set you on the right path? Will it offer you the opportunity to join a reputable organization with a rich culture? Don’t limit yourself to a job title or description, say yes to the opportunity and find ways to make it work for you and the organization. Reaching your dream job is often a journey, and what you’re looking for is the right steps to take to lead you down this path.
Best of luck in taking the steps to make some positive changes in your career!
Jenny is a recruitment advisor on our Talent team. She is passionate about helping people find the job that’s the right fit for them.