Snag your dream job in 2012

Updated: 20 Jan 2016

In a commencement address delivered by the late Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on 12 June, 2005 he told the audience of future bankers, lawyers and engineers that you've got to find what you love. So with this advice in mind, is 2012 going to be the year you finally snag your dream job?

The reality could be a lot easier than you think according to recruiting experts Hays as long as you make the time to sit down and do your research.

“Those who are successfully working in their dream job are passionate about what they do but your dream job doesn’t always just fall into your lap,” says Emma Charnock, Regional Director of Hays in Hong Kong & China.

“When trying to decide what your dream job is, you should spend time reflecting on your natural abilities, skills you enjoy and where these could be utilised to contribute to an organisation.”

Emma says there are no quick or easy answers but there are a few things you can do to help you find your way.

List your skills: “You need to think of the big picture and consider not only what professional experience you have, but also your talents and your hobbies. List the things you are good at and highlight those you enjoy.”

Describe your personality: “To help you determine what type of career you are best suited for, think about your personality traits. Are you meticulous with an eye for detail or are you strategic with a big picture view? Do you enjoy working in a team or do you prefer to work on your own?”

List your priorities:
“List what is most important to you in your career and your values. For example, are you looking for a career that challenges and rewards you? Should it be something you are passionate about and inspired by? Is work/life balance more important to you than money?”

Identify what your dream job isn’t:
“Here you should not only think about what type of roles but also what things you are not willing to compromise on, such as hours worked, pay and location. Consider also your values in this context; for example your dream job wouldn’t take you away from the things that are important to you in life.”

Define your dream job: “The next step is to develop a loose description of your dream job.” Emma suggests you start by asking yourself these questions:

  • Who/what would you like to work with?
  • Where do you want to work?
  • What type of tasks do you want to work on?
  • What type of work will make you truly happy?

“Collating this information will provide you with a synopsis of who you are and will help you determine your dream job.”

Plan to snag your dream job: “Once you know what your dream job is, you just need to develop a plan to get it,” says Emma, who suggests you:

  • Research the industry as well as the knowledge and skills you will need.
  • Network and get to know people in the industry. Not only will this help you get a better understanding of the industry and if you like it, but it will put you in contact with potential employers.
  • Take action. If you don’t already have the skills, how do you get them? Will you need training? Maybe you just need to update your resume to better highlight a skill set you already have.

Emma knows the value of snagging your dream job. “At Hays we work with thousands of people every day to connect them with the right job, which can transform their life for the better.”

Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.

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About Hays
Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

As at 30 June 2011, Hays employed 7,620 staff operating from 255 offices in 31 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2011, Hays reported net fees of £672 million and operating profit of £114 million and placed around 60,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 190,000 people into temporary assignments. 31% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific.

Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the United Kingdom and the USA.

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