28th October 2018

In an extract from her book “Getting Your Dream Job” author Rosemary Lemon explains how to work out what you dream role would be – it may not have a title!

A recruitment consultant once approached an employee and told him that he could help him to take his next step in getting to the top of his career. The employee answered that he didn’t need any help as he was already where he wanted to be. The recruitment consultant was confused – the employee wasn’t anywhere near the top of the management chain and there was plenty of opportunity for further progression. However the employee replied, ‘I enjoy meeting and selling to my customers, I am paid enough that I don’t need to worry about my rent and I can afford to go on holiday. I finish work at five o’clock every day and get back in time to see my children. I am not stressed about my job in the evening, I like my work colleagues, I am in a great office with a convenient journey home. I am just where I want to be; I have my dream job’.

I love this story. It shows that dream jobs may not always have a specific job title or necessarily be high status but may comprise a number of elements, benefits or attributes – your colleagues, your commute, your working environment – which give you the lifestyle and enjoyment you want.

So don’t worry if you don’t have a title for your dream job. What’s more important is that you find a role which ticks all of your boxes in terms of job satisfaction, level of responsibility, remuneration and environment.

It is therefore worth making a list of what you are really looking for when you think of your dream role – is it a different kind of work, a different kind of lifestyle or a combination? This is a bit like describing the house you’re looking for to an estate agent: number of bedrooms, size of garden, type of neighbourhood, etc. If your dream job doesn’t have a specific job title, then list all of the attributes you are looking for and this will give you a better idea of next steps – it could be you can look at enhancing your own job (see the next chapter for more on this) or perhaps consider working more flexibly to change your lifestyle. Alternatively, if you need to look for a brand new role, then you will have a very good idea of the key attributes you are looking for when searching for vacancies or speaking to recruitment agencies.

To read more from Rosemary check out her book.

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