Relaunch and Refocus…Finding a Job that Excites You in the New Year!


Happy New Year! Now that the new year has begun, it’s time to start working on your list of resolutions. If you vowed to relaunch your career and focus on finding a job that truly excites you, this year is going to be filled with hard work and amazing rewards!

Finding a job you love may sound cliché, but work is a significant part of daily life and can play a large role in your overall happiness. The good news: it can be done! The following will help you determine what you really want from your career and chart your course to success!

4 Steps to Find Career Satisfaction

1. Evaluate Your Skills and Experience

Create a list of your skills, strengths and accomplishments to gain a better sense of the areas where you thrive. Make another list of things you’re passionate about truly enjoy doing. Your ideal job is a combination of what makes you happy and what you’re good at, so use this information to come up with ideas of jobs you might find interesting. If you are making a complete transition, it’s likely you still have a number of transferable skills could be advantageous in job search and in a new career. It will be important to understand how your skills can apply to your desired positions. It will also be essential to address any gaps.

2. Establish Your Priorities

Career satisfaction is different to each individual, and it’s rarely all about the money. Reflect on what is important to you, to better understand what would bring job satisfaction. Do you care about having a certain work-life balance; maybe you want a job that allows you to spend more time with your family? Perhaps you would like to work for a company that focuses on its employees professional development; consider a company that supports continuing education, mentor programs and promoting from within. Is there a cause you are passionate about; maybe a company with a certain philanthropic aspect would be best. It could be any combination things, but the choice is yours. From this standpoint, what matters is getting what you want from your job.

3. Find Your Ideal Company Culture

The culture of an organization can make or break your level of job satisfaction. Decide what you like most and least about working for your current employer — and at jobs past. Are there cultures you have always envied? Use these thoughts to gauge your ideal company culture. Conduct extensive research to find organizations that offer the type of environment where you will flourish.

4. Make a Long-Term Plan

After you have established your end goal, focus on creating a plan to get there. Establish smaller objectives and create a timeline to completion – this will help keep you motivated and on track! Your job search strategy may involve detours, such as going back to school to receive additional training. It may even involve volunteering or getting an internship to gain exposure to your field of choice. On the other hand, parts of your plan could be as simple as increasing your online presence and joining new groups to network with the right people. Achieving career success is not easy, but your efforts will be rewarded with a job that you love in the end!

Find a job you are truly passionate about!

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A career in construction administration and management can be (and for me has been) one of constant transition. It’s rather common that employment with a given company starts and finishes with each successive project; you’re a new hire as it’s just getting “out of the ground,” then finished and looking for a new project (and Read More…

Greg Wangler, Pentagon Construction Management Division

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