It’s easy to get disheartened when you’re working a job you don’t really like. However, you can turn this predicament to your advantage. Your current job can pave the way to your dream job, but only if you know how to go about it. Here are some tips on how to use the job you have to prepare you for the job you want:
- Stay up-to-date. One of the great things about being employed at all is being up-to-date with your knowledge. Even if you are in a job that is not really related to your chosen field, you can still use the knowledge you are accumulating for some purpose. Maybe you are learning how to work better with a team, or gaining leadership skills. What you learn now can serve you well later.
- Get more training. Many employers offer continuing education courses for a discounted rate or even for free. Some companies will even have days set aside for additional training. Take advantage of this. You never know what could come in handy later, even if you do not think it will be a part of your dream job.
- Find new opportunities. So you have a job pushing papers, but you want a job in computers. Put together a plan to streamline the office with a new computer system and present it to your boss. Or maybe you work retail, but you want to be an interior designer. Draw up a new layout for the store and explain how it will help traffic flow and sales to your boss. Sure, you might strike out, but if not, you have opened up a new opportunity to put the skills you love to practical use.
- Flex your skills. Even if you dislike your current job, try to make the most of it by pushing yourself to do more. Sure, you might not be interested in moving up in the company because you don’t want to stay there forever, but the higher up you go the more skills you can learn. Also, when you practice working hard and get that mindset you become a better employee at your dream job, which means the chances of you getting to keep your dream job go up!
- Finesse your resumé. Your resumé is what sets you apart from the competition and will get you noticed by employers. When you apply to your dream job, do not just include the skills you think they are looking for. This is your opportunity to show how well-rounded and adaptable you are. Include skills that you have picked up along the way. Remember that you can have skills you have not been trained for—adaptability, teamwork, leadership and other qualities have no training course but are valuable to employers. Be sure to include details to back up your claims.
Getting to your dream job is the goal, but make sure you do not lose sight of the here and now. Do your best at your current job and take advantage of your opportunities. Remember that it’s much easier to get a new job if you are already employed, so do not quit your current job before you land your dream job. Be smart and work hard to get to the job you really want.