The average person spends 99,117 hours at work – the equivalent of 11 and a half years! With this in mind, why would you want to spend your years in a job that didn’t satisfy, inspire and enable you to reach your full potential? Here at Hip & Healthy, we are firm believers that your career should be as fulfilling as your greatest passion! If you’re lacking for inspiration in the career department and ready for a change, read on for our top 5 steps for landing the kind of job you’ve always dreamt of.

  1. Figure out what you it is you desire

The first and foremost important step in deciphering just what job it is that will set your soul on fire, ignite a fire in your belly and see you jumping spritely out of bed every morning excited for what the day will throw at you is figuring out what it is you desire to do. Whilst this may take some time, especially if you’re so used to thinking of work as something separate from your passion/s. If you’re still unsure of what it is that you want to do, write down a list of your strengths, next to it write a list of things that you love to do in your pastime. This way you should be able to start to make connections between what you love to do and where your strengths lie. If this alone doesn’t give you a clearer idea of possible dream jobs, turn to your friends, family and those who know you best for advice. Chances are, they’ll have a few great ideas up their sleeves based on the strengths and passion they see in you! If you’re still lost for ideas, ask yourself this question: What would I do if money were no object?

  1. Perfect your passion

If you’re someone who can easily decipher your dream job, you probably already spend your down time working on your passion which is great! As we all know, practise makes perfect! If you already spend a lot of time learning all there is to know about the area your interested in and practicing regularly, trust us when we say you’re closer than ever to making it a reality, all it takes is a leap of faith! If you’re dream job aspirations aren’t as clear or have only just become apparent to you, start to put aside a few hours each week to work on whatever it may be. If it’s a fashion magazine you dream of working at, spend time looking at footage and photos from fashion week and create your own trend reports. If you have always dreamt of becoming a yoga teacher, try and attend as many different yoga classes as you can and work at developing your flexibility and agility. If you’ve always loved cooking, plan a few nights per week to recipe test and post successes on your own blog and instagram. Whatever you love to do, start doing more of it!

  1. Create your own opportunities

If you have a vision of yourself working for a particular company or brand, reach out now! Don’t waste your time waiting for a job opening to be announced. Get your CV in order, write a cover letter explaining why you’d love to work for the company and which part of the business you believe your expertise could benefit and how. This way, even if the business isn’t even thinking of hiring, when a position becomes available requiring your skillset or strengths, you’re more likely to be considered as opposed to somebody whose CV is simply lumped in amongst the hundreds of others come job opening.

  1. Never give up

Sometimes it can seem daunting when you feel like you’re putting yourself out there and not getting an immediate response, but trust us when we say that your hard work and perseverance WILL pay off. Here at Hip & Healthy we NEVER give up on the things we love, and you certainly shouldn’t either! We believe in you. So go out there, chase your dreams and choose a career path that inspires you to shine.

Words by Zsa Zsa Vella

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