Picture this: after searching and searching, you finally land a job and couldn’t be more excited! You get to go to work, meet new coworkers and reach new professional goals. While kick starting a new career can be exciting, the role you’re starting in might not necessarily be your dream job. The good news is that there are ways to turn the role you took into the role you love.
Landing a “dream job” isn’t just about falling into cozy job opportunity right away or hunting your life away until you find exactly what you’re looking for; it can also be about creating the position that you want in the future with the opportunity you have now. Here’s how to get started:
Find your bright spots
What tasks do you look forward to the most during the day? To you, it may be obvious that you love creating new plans, doing admin work or closing sales, but it might not be as apparent to your supervisor or boss. To turn your current role into your dream job, be vocal about what you love doing most during the day. It can be as simple as saying “today was so much fun,” or “I love doing this.” In turn, your managers will be able to better recognize when these types of opportunities are available and assign you with tasks that you enjoy and excel at.
Being an approachable teammate will go a long way towards setting you up for future success. Not only will you grow relationships with teammates, but people will start to know you as a “go-to” person. From there, you’ll have a wide network of dependable coworkers, you’ll get to know each position by working with other teams and you’ll eventually be able to have a great impact on the company. Who knows – lending a hand here or there might just lead you to your dream job!
Never stop asking questions
If you don’t ask, you’ll never know! Asking questions will help you understand the culture, how the business works and the company in general. The more you know about your role (and other people’s roles), the better you’ll be at picking up on key skills you need to succeed.
Bring ideas to the table
By bringing ideas to the table, you’ll show that you have the ability to think on your feet and that you have an open mind. In your current role, challenge yourself to think beyond what the company needs right away! Instead, think of what will bring the most value in the long-run. Chances are that your employer will appreciate a fresh take on things, and, before you know it, your responsibilities may change or expand.
Don’t wait to initiate conversations about career goals or to be a “go-getter” on a project. If you have a professional or personal goal you want to reach, talk to your boss. If you want to get in front of certain decision makers, reach out to a set up a meeting. If you want to get to know teammates, plan an event or participate in activities that are offered! The more you show ambition to move forward and excel in your role, the more likely you’ll enjoy the job you currently have and set the groundwork for the next step in your career.
Your current role can easily become the role of your dreams if you follow the tricks above. Don’t be afraid to go above and beyond to make your position one that you love! If you have any more tips on turning the job you have right now into your dream job, please share below.