The Lazy Job Seeker’s Guide To Getting A Dream Job
“You’re just being lazy!” my friend exclaimed. “Yes. But I’m also being smart," I replied. Actually, I wish the conversation was that simple and friendly. Related: Career Management: Are YOU Lazy? What had started out as me expressing my desire to live a simple, enjoyable life on my own terms - and find a smart way to work from wherever I wanted, on my own hours, doing something I loved (while making good money)... had turned into a full on verbal battle. It turns out that some “friends” don’t like talking about your dreams when they’re stuck in a crappy job they hate. I’m not sure where that old friend is today, but I know where I am. And I know that I couldn’t be more grateful for following my ‘laziness.' It was one of the smartest things I’ve done, and it led me to my dream job. Which brings me to the purpose of this article. Stick with me, because I’m going to give you the three steps to my lazy job seeker’s formula, as well as a free resource that’ll get you started on your search for your dream job.
The Lazy Job Seeker’s Guide To Getting A Dream JobSo, let’s dive right into the three steps of the lazy job seeker's guide to getting a dream job...
1. What Do You Really Want To Do?Naturally, the first step towards getting your dream job is figuring out exactly what it is - in as much detail as possible. This is usually the hardest part for people - but imagine it as being the intersection of your values (what you want out of life), strengths (what you’re best at), and inspiration (what are you passionate about?). For example - I value the freedom to work my own hours from anywhere in the world. Empathy is a strong suit for me, and I love psychology, human behavior, and marketing… so, after LOTS of reflection, and trying and failing - I gravitated towards digital marketing. And what I’ve found on my journey is that the sooner you can figure out exactly what you want - down to the last detail - the sooner you’ll get it. So, what do you really want to do?
2. How Do You Get The Attention Of The Best Companies In Your Field?Now that you’re through the hardest part, the rest is a breeze (somewhat). Here’s how I look at it:
- You want to thoroughly research your field and find the best company out there.
- Research that company thoroughly and make sure they align with everything you laid out in the first step of this guide.
- Knowing who they are, what they value, and what they’re looking for, create a custom proposal with an irresistible offer they won’t be able to refuse.