A Weekly Q&A Column About Professionalism, Etiquette and Problems in the Workplace
by Sue Morem
Find a Job You Enjoy
Dear Sue: How do I find a job I can enjoy? I havenít had a job
Iím excited about going to, but would like to find one.
Sue Says: Few people start out in the job of their dreams. It
can take years to figure out what you really want to be doing. Pay close
attention to the things you do, both in and outside of work. Notice what
you are doing when you feel most energized and alert. Try to determine
what you would do if you could spend your time doing anything you wanted.
What do you most frequently think about, talk about, or read about? Start
by identifying the things you are most interested in and enthused about.
If getting a paycheck is the only thing motivating you to get out of
bed and go to work each day, try to identify ways to find more meaning in
your work. Are you connecting with your coworkers and customers? Strong
relationships are an important aspect of any job, and knowing that you are
making a difference in someoneís life is rewarding. Look for ways to reach
out to others. Connecting with and helping others will help you too, and
may improve the way you feel about every other aspect of a job.
Some people love every job they have, and itís not because each job is
perfect. They have the ability to find the good in what they do. Although
some jobs are better than others, no job will make you happy if you are
unhappy. If you are consistently dissatisfied, before you look to change
jobs again, think about making changes within.
Sue Morem is a professional speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. She
is author of the newly released
101 Tips for Graduates and
How to Gain the Professional Edge, Second Edition. You can contact her by email at
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