Source: http://live-it-true.com/finding-your-dream-job.htm by Mike

How do you go about finding your dream job? Or is this an elusive question that is just a wishy-washy fantasy? Actually, it’s not. It can be done. It takes a little bit of work, but it is well worth the effort. To find our dream job, we have to know ourselves very well. The late Barbara B. Brown did some groundbreaking work with brain scientists to discover how to best gather information about yourself. Her work is analyzed and built upon in Richard Nelson Bolles best-selling book What Color Is Your Parachute? Barbara Brown (and the brain scientists) found that there are three things that you can do to know yourself better and help you make important life decisions.

  1. Put everything you know about yourself down on a piece of paper.
  2. Use some kind of graphic to organize the information about yourself
  3. Prioritize all the information.

Richard Nelson Bolles goes through this process in detail, as well as presenting his personal “graphic”, which he calls “the flower”. It involves different subcategories of information, such as your transferable traits, interests, values and goals, favorite people environments, salary and level of responsibility, working conditions, and geographical location. He claims to have used this process for the past twenty five years with great success, helping people find their dream job/career. I have personally taken the time to do this exercise, and found it to be of great value.  

You will find that the exercise of writing down information about yourself really can have drastic results. After you have written down your information, made a graphic, and prioritized it; next look for patterns and similarities. All of a sudden, your path might become clear. Say for example, you find that your true goal is to help the environment. Then you take the next logical step and figure out how you can most help the environment with your personal skills/gifts. This is your dream job! 

If you have any other ways that you find useful to find your dream job, please comment below. Also, there are some good thoughts in the following articles: The Secret to Finding Dream Jobs @ jobmob, How to Find Your Dream Job @ 30 sleeps, and the Dream Job Blog. 

 A lot of people might say that they have been reading articles or hearing theories of this kind all the time, but no use at all. However, I believe that this kind of articles help. The reason why there are still a large number of people who cannot find their dream jobs even they read all articles of this kind that are available in this planet, goes to the real understanding and actual execution of this theory. 

 Jeff

16 Dec, 2007

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