These days we are not bound by the constraints of one workplace for a lifetime. With contract and project based roles being all the rage, millennials are finding themselves changing jobs every two years, resulting in up to 25 job changes come retirement, as opposed to 11 job changes by young baby boomers. So if you’ve found yourself hating life in a role that you are no longer passionate about or are over the whole 9-5 thing, there is something out there for you, but you need to be your own CEO and get out there and find it!
Here are 5 steps to pursuing the job you really want:
1. Work out what you really want to do
What are you really passionate about? What role would excite you when you wake to start the day? Long gone are the days of a ‘job’ being purely for security and your passions left as hobbies. Most of your time is spent working, so enjoy that it is time well spent!
2. Master your skills
So you have finally discovered the career you would really like to pursue. Now, how can you turn what was once a hobby into a long-term career? You need to master your craft.
Whether this entails practice, further study or more experience these days taking and finding classes or internship opportunities couldn’t be easier! You can get it done in your own time and even on a budget. Ensure that you are working day in and out on your craft so you have the means to potentially pursue it full time.
3. Create your brand
Once you have mastered your craft you need to figure out how you will get your name out there. What is it that you would like to represent? What is your identity? Branding isn’t just for big businesses, you need to come up with your own personal brand.
You need to work out what makes you unique? What can you offer that others can’t? Now it’s not an easy thing to do, but it’s essential and once you have defined this, the next step will be much easier to complete!
4. Establish your brand
There are many tools out there that can help to build your brand. Perhaps you can create a personal website, LinkedIn profile, company profile and Facebook page, just to name a few. To boost your engagement you can sign up to Scoop.it, whereby you can share the latest content on your area of interest with the public in one hit, you can also use Hootsuite for free to manage up to 4 social media pages.
5. Connect and Network
Contribute in as many ways as possible in your areas of interest. Whether this is on LinkedIn groups, a Facebook page, Twitter page. Share thoughts and connect with others that share the same interests and work in the same field, because this will act as the foundations for growth that you need to boost your brand.