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Daydreaming on transit? 5 ways to land your dream job.

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Daydreaming on transit? 5 ways to land your dream job.

Reading Time: 6 minutes

We’ve all found ourselves daydreaming about our dream job while sitting on the bus. We’ve partnered with Prepped, a free platform that provides a personalized program designed to increase your chances of landing a job by up to 6x¹ to help give Rocketman users the tools and tips to land the next gig while they get from A to B with a little less OMG.

“Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That’s the thing about quotes; they distil everything down to its simplest form. Of course, if you find your dream job (the job that you don’t need an alarm on your iPhone to wake up for), then work will never feel like work. But what this quote fails to describe is what it takes to even understand the kind of job you like, much less love.

Finding your dream job isn’t as straightforward as following your passion. Yes, knowing what you’re passionate about is a great start, but how that passion translates into tasks you actually do at a job is an entirely different thing. For example, you might love to write. You’ve been doodling notes in scrapbooks since you were old enough to form funny-sounding words. You know you want to make money writing, but what does that mean?

Do you want to be a copywriter, which is essentially a position that requires you to know how to create persuasive copy that will convince someone to try a service or buy something? Do you want to work in communications, which is responsible for the internal and external copy of organizations? Or maybe you’d prefer to be a blogger or an author or a ghostwriter? Get the point? There are so many options within your interests!

This article was originally published by Prepped. Prepped helps job seekers gain confidence in their search. Prepped Premium gives you access to real-time insights to improve your resume and interview skills.

5 ways to explore your interests and find the job you love

1. Volunteer for specific departments within an organization

This is probably the most hands-on way to figure out if the job lines up with your interests. Volunteering puts you on the ground and gives you front line experience with the tasks you’re assigned.

Here’s a pro tip: If you’re volunteering at a large organization, they likely have multiple departments. Ask if you can volunteer a small part of your time in departments outside of the one you were hired for.

For example, if you’re volunteering in the marketing department, ask if you can try communications or to be part of the content team. Not only does it give you the exposure you need to decide if you like any of those jobs, but it also helps broaden your skillset.

2. Sign up for online learning platforms

This option may not provide the exact tasks of a specific job, but what online learning does is get you familiar with the skills you need to do that job well.

Maybe you’re an animator but want to get into graphic design. Taking online graphic design classes exposes you to what you’ll need to learn to become skilled enough at designing to be employable. There’s obviously a time and possibly a monetary commitment, but platforms like MasterClassSkillShareUdemyStudy.com and more give you plenty of options.

3. Research jobs that align with your passion

We’re living in the information age where everything you need is a click away. Take advantage of that. Do the research on what jobs align with your passion and what the tasks of each of those jobs entail. Don’t limit your research to online sources, though. Speak to people who are working in the industries you’re interested in.

Tap your network by setting up a coffee chat for some insight or connect with your mentor and ask questions about their experience. Sign in to your Prepped account if you need help approaching a mentor, take advantage of our networking email templates. This isn’t a hands-on approach, so you’ll need to make sure you’re thorough in your research and provide yourself with a clear picture of what that job demands.

4.  Do the job yourself

There’s nothing stopping you from trying to do the job yourself. You’ll have to pair this step with a bit of research, but once you find out the tasks involved, why not get started.

If you’re a designer or writer or some other service provider, you’ll have to find clients. Start with friends and family and your immediate network. That will give you some confidence and provide useful insight on if you enjoy what you’re doing and if you’re capable of delivering at a high level. As you become more serious and extend beyond your network, you might consider creating a sole proprietorship.

5. Work your way up

This is a good option if your dream job is connected to a dream company. For example, if your dream job is working as a senior marketer at RBC Ventures, try applying as an intern in the communication department.

You may not be exactly where you planned, but you’re in the building, and that’s the most important part. Once you’re inside, start making the right connections. Make sure you’re always staying on top of the job you were hired to do but set up some coffee chats with colleagues from the marketing department to find out what it would take to work with them.

Building your career starts now 

There are many steps to career building, and those steps start before your career does. Knowing what you’re passionate about then finding ways to align that passion with a position takes some exploration.

Learn how to define your career goals with our Career Vision Generator. This tool helps you create a vision statement that allows you to define your career goals. You select words that mean the most to you, and our generator will create a vision statement that you can use either for yourself, or on your professional network profile.

Sign up for Prepped to gain access to the Career Visions Generator, plus other tools and templates that can help improve your chances of getting a job by up to 6x1

 

Download Rocketman and get from A to B with less OMG. 

Let Rocketman help you get around the city. Navigate the city safely and cut down waiting times to get to your destination with real-time countdowns to the next bus. Make sure to follow COVID-19 rules if you’re travelling to these businesses by transit. There are ways to ride public transit safely, so you should always be aware of best practices.

Even though getting around is limited, you still need to be prepared. Rocketman keeps you ahead of your trip by providing you with real-time transit alerts, travel times and our new crowdedness feature. 

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 

 

¹ Songqi Liu, Jason L. Huang, & Mo Wang (2014). Effectiveness of Job Search Interventions: A Meta-Analytic Review. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 1009-1041.

We’ve all found ourselves daydreaming about our dream job while sitting on the bus. We’ve partnered with Prepped, a free platform that provides a personalized program designed to increase your chances of landing a job by up to 6x¹ to help give Rocketman users the tools and tips to land the next gig while they get from A to B with a little less OMG.

“Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That’s the thing about quotes; they distil everything down to its simplest form. Of course, if you find your dream job (the job that you don’t need an alarm on your iPhone to wake up for), then work will never feel like work. But what this quote fails to describe is what it takes to even understand the kind of job you like, much less love.

Finding your dream job isn’t as straightforward as following your passion. Yes, knowing what you’re passionate about is a great start, but how that passion translates into tasks you actually do at a job is an entirely different thing. For example, you might love to write. You’ve been doodling notes in scrapbooks since you were old enough to form funny-sounding words. You know you want to make money writing, but what does that mean?

Do you want to be a copywriter, which is essentially a position that requires you to know how to create persuasive copy that will convince someone to try a service or buy something? Do you want to work in communications, which is responsible for the internal and external copy of organizations? Or maybe you’d prefer to be a blogger or an author or a ghostwriter? Get the point? There are so many options within your interests!

This article was originally published by Prepped. Prepped helps job seekers gain confidence in their search. Prepped Premium gives you access to real-time insights to improve your resume and interview skills.

5 ways to explore your interests and find the job you love

1. Volunteer for specific departments within an organization

This is probably the most hands-on way to figure out if the job lines up with your interests. Volunteering puts you on the ground and gives you front line experience with the tasks you’re assigned.

Here’s a pro tip: If you’re volunteering at a large organization, they likely have multiple departments. Ask if you can volunteer a small part of your time in departments outside of the one you were hired for.

For example, if you’re volunteering in the marketing department, ask if you can try communications or to be part of the content team. Not only does it give you the exposure you need to decide if you like any of those jobs, but it also helps broaden your skillset.

2. Sign up for online learning platforms

This option may not provide the exact tasks of a specific job, but what online learning does is get you familiar with the skills you need to do that job well.

Maybe you’re an animator but want to get into graphic design. Taking online graphic design classes exposes you to what you’ll need to learn to become skilled enough at designing to be employable. There’s obviously a time and possibly a monetary commitment, but platforms like MasterClassSkillShareUdemyStudy.com and more give you plenty of options.

3. Research jobs that align with your passion

We’re living in the information age where everything you need is a click away. Take advantage of that. Do the research on what jobs align with your passion and what the tasks of each of those jobs entail. Don’t limit your research to online sources, though. Speak to people who are working in the industries you’re interested in.

Tap your network by setting up a coffee chat for some insight or connect with your mentor and ask questions about their experience. Sign in to your Prepped account if you need help approaching a mentor, take advantage of our networking email templates. This isn’t a hands-on approach, so you’ll need to make sure you’re thorough in your research and provide yourself with a clear picture of what that job demands.

4.  Do the job yourself

There’s nothing stopping you from trying to do the job yourself. You’ll have to pair this step with a bit of research, but once you find out the tasks involved, why not get started.

If you’re a designer or writer or some other service provider, you’ll have to find clients. Start with friends and family and your immediate network. That will give you some confidence and provide useful insight on if you enjoy what you’re doing and if you’re capable of delivering at a high level. As you become more serious and extend beyond your network, you might consider creating a sole proprietorship.

5. Work your way up

This is a good option if your dream job is connected to a dream company. For example, if your dream job is working as a senior marketer at RBC Ventures, try applying as an intern in the communication department.

You may not be exactly where you planned, but you’re in the building, and that’s the most important part. Once you’re inside, start making the right connections. Make sure you’re always staying on top of the job you were hired to do but set up some coffee chats with colleagues from the marketing department to find out what it would take to work with them.

Building your career starts now 

There are many steps to career building, and those steps start before your career does. Knowing what you’re passionate about then finding ways to align that passion with a position takes some exploration.

Learn how to define your career goals with our Career Vision Generator. This tool helps you create a vision statement that allows you to define your career goals. You select words that mean the most to you, and our generator will create a vision statement that you can use either for yourself, or on your professional network profile.

Sign up for Prepped to gain access to the Career Visions Generator, plus other tools and templates that can help improve your chances of getting a job by up to 6x1

 

Download Rocketman and get from A to B with less OMG. 

Let Rocketman help you get around the city. Navigate the city safely and cut down waiting times to get to your destination with real-time countdowns to the next bus. Make sure to follow COVID-19 rules if you’re travelling to these businesses by transit. There are ways to ride public transit safely, so you should always be aware of best practices.

Even though getting around is limited, you still need to be prepared. Rocketman keeps you ahead of your trip by providing you with real-time transit alerts, travel times and our new crowdedness feature. 

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 

 

¹ Songqi Liu, Jason L. Huang, & Mo Wang (2014). Effectiveness of Job Search Interventions: A Meta-Analytic Review. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 1009-1041.

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