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Defining Purpose in your Job Search

Updated on October 22, 2012

Searching for a job is never an enjoyable experience. If you are taking on a job search it usually means one of two things: you are currently unemployed, or you are unhappy with your current and soon-to-be former job. In either case, good for you! You are taking a great step towards fulfilling work. Being ready and willing to take on the arduous task of job searching includes writing and editing resumes, browsing classifieds, nixing the slippers and robe for dress shoes and a tie, meeting strangers, networking, and "hitting the pavement." While facing one rejection after another is enough to bring down the spirit of an elf on Christmas eve, there are a few simple things you can do to soften the blow. Defining your purpose is what makes the job hunt about joy.

The job search can be easy


What is your dream job?


Where to begin

Searching for a job doesn't have to be a daily assault on your spirit. To avoid this, you must first define the purpose of your job search. This means choosing a dream job. Leave money out of this decision. If you do what makes you happy, the money will come.

If you are having trouble finding what makes you happy and choosing a dream job, it might be time for some self-exploration by asking friends and family, reading books, or sitting quietly and asking yourself questions such as: "Do I prefer to be indoors or outdoors?" or "Do I prefer to work alone or with others?" Many of us want to help others - but how? A chef helps others enjoy food through the experience of preparing nutritious meals. A medical doctor helps others by preventing and curing physical discomforts. A writer helps others by sharing information in an interesting and creative way. How do you want to help others?

Finding your dream job

Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live
Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live

Your dream job in life is essentially - a North star. With the exercises in this book, any walls stopping you along your journey towards your true North are easily toppled.


Defining your purpose before the job search

Rejection in the job search is inevitable, but it shouldn't crush your spirits. However if it does, there is a possibility that you are searching for the wrong job. Listen to your heart in order to define your purpose beforehand. This is the most important part before setting off on your search.

Your dream job may require more technical training, school or experience in the field. These come with time. Until that point, align your search with jobs that are on the path towards your dream job. For example, if your dream is to own a resort, begin your job search in the field of hospitality and customer service. While your role as a resort owner won't come today. A position as a server, concierge, valet attendant or even a maid are all positive positions. Make sure the resort matches your style, values, and beliefs. If your dream is to be a professional basketball coach, begin the search by surrounding yourself in basketball. A salesclerk at a sporting goods store, volunteering as a youth league coach, a warehouse manager at a basketball manufacturer or a janitor at a basketball stadium.

With your dream job clear in your mind - the vehicle you choose to take you there can come in many shapes and forms. On the road, it's important to talk to others, ask dumb questions, listen to the answers, stay open to change, and most importantly follow your heart.

Inspiring talk on pursuing your passion

Dream and achieve

You are capable of any job that you can dream up. William Arthur Ward said "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it." Remember these words before focusing your energy on a job search. If the job search is filled with sorrow and self-doubt, it is very possible you are searching for the wrong job. Best of luck on the road to satisfying work.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I love working and the feeling it brings me. Sometimes I feel like not having a job is not having a purpose but in reality- I think it gives me more time to assess what I need and want out of a job. While I want a great job and money- I can't just take something and be unfulfilled. This is a great and useful hub. Voted up and sharing!

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      Joe 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      The best job I've ever had was movie extra. You get paid to sit around and watch award winning directors and movie stars do their job. You actually watch a film come to life and even become a small part of it. I'd do it every day if I could, even if I had to live in a shed!