Does your stomach drop with envy when you hear someone say, “I love the work I do”?
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If so, you’re not alone, and it’s not your fault.
Maybe you feel like your job is just a means to some wealthy owner’s ends… making useless things that add no value to the world…
…And lead you to lay restless in your bed at night, feeling like you’re wasting your life.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Many others have actually found the secret to getting paid well and loving what they do.
See, according to a recent Gallup poll, 70% of people are unhappy in their career. Because it’s so common, when most people think about work, they say:
“Yeah, it sucks. But all work sucks.”
“At least it pays the bills.”
Sure, you can use this logic, and accept your fate.
However, today I want to share with you an intriguing alternative…
Imagine what would happen if your job was more than just a paycheck.
Imagine if it was a way to contribute your natural strengths to something you’re passionate about! Something that actually makes a difference in the world, aligns with your own core values, and as a bonus… pays well!
The good news is that there’s an entire movement of people and organizations committed to making work much more than just a paycheck, and you can join it today. Here’s how…
3 Simple Steps To Make Employers Look Twice
Step #1: GET READY – Bring What You Want to Life
Here’s what I’ve found after studying success for almost a decade: It’s best to figure out WHAT you want in order to get it as quickly and easily as possible.
Once you’re crystal clear on the “what,” the “how” comes much easier.
So, the BIG question I have for you today is: What do you want in a job?
Do you want to work in a fast-paced startup, or maybe make your own hours?
Would you like to travel? And what about getting great benefits and perks?
I suggest taking some time to really consider what’s most important to you when it comes to work.
Then, it’s time to bring it to life! Write it down on a piece of paper, and consider taping it up on your wall to remind yourself every day of what you’re working towards. It’ll go a long ways towards bringing what you want into your reality.
Step #2: TAKE AIM – Which Companies Make The Cut?
Keeping in mind all the things you want, go ahead and start the selection process by looking for inspiration. Try to identify 3-5 companies that make the cut, and fit your criteria.
A good place to start is Andrew Hewitt’s GameChangers500 list, a compilation of inspiring “for-benefit” and “purpose-driven” companies.
What does it mean to be a “For-Benefit” company? Think the Fortune 500, but with a heart-squeeze, a douse of humanity, and real people working with real companies that make a profit AND a difference in the world.
Step #3: FIRE AWAY – Use A Resume That Makes Them Look Twice
You know WHAT you want. You know WHO you want. Now, it’s time to show these companies why they want you, too!
These organizations DON’T want your boring resume on a white piece of paper. That’s what everyone else is doing, and that’s where they’re losing out.
In order to succeed, you have to craft a resume that will make them look twice.
Use headlines that sell yourself, rather than just state your position…
Include testimonials from past employers, mentors, peers, or experts in your industry that will add credibility to your application…
And try getting creative and getting online! If you want some free or low-cost, easy-to-use tools that will help you shine and get the job, check out 7 Online Tools That Trump Your Traditional Resume.
They’ll make your resume pop and force these companies to do a double-take.
READY, AIM, FIRE! It’s YOUR time to LOVE your work, so go make it happen!
About the author
Ryan Niessen is a keynote speaker and co-creator of The Gateway Method: a simple, proven way to gain inside access to the world’s best employers and get your dream job. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Facebook.