We are a pretty extraordinary generation in that we seek jobs that fulfill some philosophical part of us, whether that means helping people or making a difference in the world. Translation: We don’t want work to feel like work, and that’s a fairly modern concept. No longer do we focus solely on supporting our families or having a roof over our heads—we also want to find personal meaning and satisfaction in our work.
That being said, we’ve made the job search so much harder for ourselves because we are so picky.
So, how do you find a job that satisfies you? Even more importantly, how do you know what kind of position is meant for you? By keeping these six things in mind:
- Being confused about the job search is perfectly normal.
- Know yourself and what you like to do—no matter how silly it may seem.
- Think a lot, even if it takes a while to decide.
- Try it out before you decide it’s the right fit.
- Reflect on what makes people unhappy, and then maybe see it as a business opportunity.
- Be confident: “The difference between success and failure is the courage to actually give it a go.”
OK, so this sounds a bit cheesy. However, when discussed in this video (and in a soothing British accent), it starts to make a bit more sense why we find this process so frustrating. Let The School of Life explain.
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Previously an editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She’s written almost 500 articles for The Muse on anything from productivity tips to cover letters to bad bosses to cool career changers, many of which have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., CNBC's Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer and reader, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author