According to a survey by Deloitte, 80% of Americans report hating their job. This number is interesting considering how many people claim to want a dream job.
Judging by the numbers it seems as though there’s a huge disconnect. If so many people hate their jobs, they are obviously not doing something right, and they are most certainly not anywhere close to their dream job.
This discrepancy calls into question a serious concern:
Many people say they want a dream job, but are they willing to work for it?
If you want the job of your dreams, your college degree and your resume alone aren’t going to get you there. It used to back in the 1990’s, but those days are long gone.
You must be willing to put in work. This includes but is not limited to:
- Becoming an expert in your field
- Publishing a book and gaining credible endorsements to validate your expertise
- Launching an industry blog
- Establishing a network online and offline of powerful influencers
- Building and maintaining a website portfolio
- Establishing a stockpile of reference letters
Despite what many people will tell you, dream jobs do exist. No job is perfect, but there are jobs that exist that provide far more pros than cons. If you want to find your way into one of these jobs, you’re going to have to put yourself in a position to write your own ticket.
You’re going to have to market yourself like a shiny new product that’s the object of everyone’s desire.
You must present a person that is so valuable that employers will gladly bend to your demands for compensation, benefits, work schedule, and more.
In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m alluding to establishing a personal brand.
I know. I know. You’ve heard it a thousand times before. So, why haven’t you done anything about it?
If you’ve read any of my other articles, you’ve heard me say it several times before, and I’ll say it several times again, because building a personal brand is the single most important thing anyone can ever do to take control of their career and command the experience that they desire.
The problem with employment is that the game is change. Being average, being mediocre and doing just enough to get by no longer work.
Now, you must become remarkable, which when broken apart means, “worthy of being remarked about.”
When people think of you, the first thing that should come to their mind is, valuable, expert, proven, leader.
A personal brand allows you to build that credibility.
If you haven’t taken it seriously before, start today. Don’t let another day go by before you get off your rear and you begin building your personal brand.
Stop searching the web and stop reading articles hoping to find a quick fix. It’s not going to happen.
Today is your day. Make it count!
About the author
Michael Price is the author of What Next? The Millennial’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Real World, endorsed by Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s Shark Tank. He is also the founder of Conquer Career Course, where he teaches students how to increase their salary, build a career with longevity and become unemployment-proof. View the trailer below:
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