Confucius once said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Have you done it? Or are you currently reading this whilst pretending to work and actually counting the minutes until you can clock off…
Dream jobs come in all shapes and sizes. Even if you don’t have ambitions to change the world, your existing job can become less of a salary and more of a joy. With a little thought, you too can make, rather than take, a job.
Think about what your company really needs
It’s safe to assume all companies want to increase sales and be considered a great brand. How does your job contribute to these objectives?
No matter where you fit in an organisation, communication is key. Don’t wait for your appraisal to discuss what does and doesn’t work. And don’t hide behind your job description either (which is useful for setting employer/employee perceptions but rarely referred to post interview).
Chances are you were chosen for personality and cultural fit as much as skillset, so prove you were the best hire by actively contributing, suggesting and inputting to those areas which will help your business adapt and improve.
The thing I love most about my job is …
Which parts of your current job do you most enjoy? Make two lists – what you like doing and what you’re good at. Now look at what’s expected of you in your role. The gaps will become clear.
Rethinking your existing job to play to your strengths, will not only increase your satisfaction but also be good for your employers brand. Happy people make a better working environment, which attracts like-minded individuals. It’s a win, win, win.
Dare yourself to do it
When you’re new to the job expectations run high, but as time goes on people stop trying to impress and can end up in a rut. It’s easier to keep doing what you’re doing than try to improve the situation.
Tackling anything new in life is scary but not trying because of that fear leads to lost opportunities. Challenge yourself. Even though you may feel like a cog in the wheel, on a human level we all have ambitions to fulfil.
There are lots of simple steps you can take to improve your role. Volunteer, ask for more training or take an online course (like Udemy). And if all that seems like too much, take baby steps. Even making tea in the kitchen that’s not closest to your desk could result in a breakthrough – it’s amazing how many ideas have begun as informal chats over lunch.