There are essentially 2 things you need to do well to get your dream job.
First, you need to identify EXACTLY what you want to do.
Second, you need to use modern, effective job-seeking strategies that are tailored to the type of organization you want to work for.
Guess which part’s harder?
The first, of course, which is the focus of this 2 part series. Because since when is it easy to decide EXACTLY what you want in life?
You may know that you want to make a difference in the world and a great income – all while doing something you love…
But how to do you get clear on the exact position with a specific company?
That takes some effort. It takes some time. But it’s also worth it.
If you don’t believe me, look up one of the employees of Zappos or Mindvalley (featured in Part 1) on Facebook or LinkedIn. Then, ask them. I’ll bet you’ll come out of the conversation wanting what they have.
Here’s How To Define Your Dream Job…
Step 1: Tap Into Your
Fortune Magazine did a study, and they found that people who are use their strengths in their work are 127% more productive than the average employee.
When you think about it, it just makes sense.
Not only will you be more productive – which adds value to your employer and can accelerate your career…
You’ll also enjoy your work more… so it’s a win-win situation.
So, what’s the best way to figure out your strengths and weaknesses?
One that’s widely used by major organizations ranging from NASA to Microsoft is the Kolbe A Index test.
The Kolbe A Index is designed to measure the conative faculty of the mind — the actions you take that result from your natural instincts. It validates an individual’s natural talents, the instinctive method of operation (M.O.) that enables you to be productive.” – Source: Kolbe A Index
In other words, it’ll help you tap into your natural strengths on a level you haven’t experienced before.
Step 2: Define Your Core Values
Consider this: For-Benefit companies are some of the most desirable places to work in the world.
Why is that? Well, they have a clearly defined set of core values that create their culture, and dictate their business choices.
And they are wildly protective of their culture. If you don’t fit their values and their culture – then there’s no sense applying.
You won’t get into the club. And if you do, you’ll be booted out shortly.
In fact, after completing a trial period at Zappos, all new employees are made an offer:
If you quit now, we’ll give you $2000.
They only want people there who LOVE it, and this is their simple, yet effective way to do that.
Here are Zappos’ core values:
Now it’s time to get clear on yours. Because in order to get the job, you’re going to have to show them that your core values align with theirs.
Otherwise, you just won’t make the cut.
So check out the chart below, and try to list out your top 10 values.
Then narrow it down to your top 3-5.
You now have your 3-5 things that MUST align with any opportunity you search for and accept.
And you’ll be able to prove to the company you’re applying for that you’re a good fit.
Step 3: Lean Into Your Inspiration Using
The 3 Types of Dream Job Predictors
“Follow your passion” isn’t always as easy as it seems.
Fortunately, there are a few indicators you can look for to find it.
Indicator #1: It Drives You NUTS
Often, things that really bother you can be a clue to discovering your dream job.
Witnessing injustice as a child could lead someone to become a police officer.
Seeing the effects of deforestation, a young person might pursue environmental science.
It could be anything. So, is there something in the world that absolutely drives you nuts?
If so, that could be your calling.
Indicator #2: A Personal Challenge
We all have challenges in life. And we all find a way to get through them.
Sometimes, one or more of these challenges leave a mark on us that inspires us to help others overcome the same issue.
Passing on that wisdom to the next generation can be an extremely fulfilling calling in life, and potentially the path towards your dream job.
Indicator #3: Pure Passion
Our third dream job predictor can come from love, or pure passion about something.
Perhaps you travelled somewhere exotic and absolutely fell in love with the wildlife there, and thus decided to become a park ranger.
Maybe you love socializing, and naturally find yourself connecting friends with other friends for mutual benefit. You might wind up in some sort of sales or broker position where you can build a network and provide value to a lot of people.
On that note, you could also spend some time researching companies that you think might appeal to you, and see which ones get you excited to learn more and contribute to their mission.
Ultimately, inspiration must be felt, and it’s up to you to discover that feeling however you can so you can lean into it, and discover your dream job.
Step 4: Find A Job That
Makes An Impact
70% of people are unhappy in their career. Yet, it’s proven that when you feel like you’re making a difference, you also feel more fulfilled.
That’s the simple key to this step.
So ask yourself this whenever you’re considering a position…
Will this job allow me to make a positive difference in the world? Do I support what this business does, and will I be happy to help them do it?
Step 5: Find A Job That
Earns A Great Income
For years, people have had 3 options.
You could work with a For-Profit company, a Non-Profit organization, or in the social sector.
Traditionally, if you wanted to earn a great income, your best chance was working in the For-Profit sector.
If you wanted to make a big difference in the world, you’d be attracted to either the Non-Profit or social sector.
Now, there’s an opportunity to achieve both goals in this fourth sector – the For-Benefit sector.
We have a choice today that people the majority of humans haven’t had for the majority of history.
We can choose to make an impact and an income…
… And contribute our strengths to something meaningful.
We can lean into our inspiration and align our core values to work with an organization that will empower and engage us, and help us become our best selves.
So how do you discover your dream job?
It’ll be waiting for you at the intersection of those 5 points.
So if I could leave you with one message in this blog post – it would be this:
Use these 5 steps to get your dream job with a For-Benefit company, and help us make the world a better place.
Thanks for reading – you rock! If you got a lot of value out of this guide, please share it through social media. And leave a comment below – will you be getting your next job with a For-Benefit company?
To Your Success,
P.S. To learn more about getting your dream job with a For-Benefit company, check out this video.