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HAPPY AT WORK: You can find a job you truly love by taking positive action

ALL TO often, people engage in work that does not provide them with any enjoyment at all. Each day, they wake, and in those seconds as they become conscious, they realise it's the start of another dreary day at their workplace.

It's like a ball and chain on their life, eight or 10 hours, simply wasting their lives away. Every day.

Of course, they have other things to look forward to –those hours they spend with friends or family outside work. And yet, the cloud hanging over them persists. And the hours grow into days. And the days into weeks, months and years. Before they know it, their working life ends with so little to show for it.

The truth is, you can be one of the growing number of people who find a job they love by taking action. Just a few easy stages can help you along on the path to a very different working experience. Here are six simple steps you can take to get you on your way.

TIP ONE
First up is making sure you really recognise the kind of work that switches you on. Some sceptics might say that there's no ‘job' available anywhere that they could get excited about. Yet most people do want to be
fulfilled in work, experience an opportunity to grow in themselves and make a positive impact on the world.
Work is always best done in a way that gives someone a buzz as they do it. And as everyone is different, if all the jigsaw pieces fell into place, we could all be doing just what we are best at!

TIP TWO
The second step, once you've carefully recognised the kind of job you really do want, is to work out where those jobs hang out. Is it somewhere you know? Is it somewhere that requires you to change where you live, or something you can't quite find yet? It's about finding what resonates with you when you check the job adverts in the local paper. Or maybe you know someone who has just the thing you want.

TIP THREE
Make sure that whatever you set your mind on is doable; maybe not this year, maybe not next, but if you really do want something badly, you will develop for yourself a strategy that will help you gradually edge closer to exactly what you want. So, a key action here is to assess how close you are to what employers will want from you and plan ahead to get the experiences and training you might feel you need. Do this in advance, because when you find the opportunity, you want to be as ready as you can.

TIP FOUR
Prepare your resume well. There are all sorts of free information websites out there nowadays. You can pay to get the job done for you, but by taking a little time to research, you will most likely be able to glean enough detailed knowledge about resumes to make yours stand out above the rest. If in doubt along the way, make friends with someone in HR, so that they can cast an eye over what you prepare.

TIP FIVE
Believe in yourself. As Henry Ford once said: “If you believe you can, or you can't, you are right”. The truth is, it's often a lottery as to who is successful in applying for jobs. But you can prepare well and make notes of experiences that will stand you in good stead for the interview questions that come. The key thing is that these broad, carefully selected
scenarios of worthwhile experiences, showing off exactly what you did in a situation, will give you huge confidence that, in fact, you can achieve it.

TIP SIX
It’s time to quote another great man, this time a Brit, who masterminded success during the bleak days of the Second World War. Winston Churchill's famous motto was: “Never give up. Never give up. Never give up”. Life doesn't go in straight lines – there are ups and downs, so be careful not to lose faith in your ultimate success. In fact, with each and every time you fail, just by the law of averages, you are more likely to succeed next time. Use your experience of failures to learn from them; get objective feedback if you can, and fine- tune your ‘performance' for next time. To find the perfect job, you will need to persevere and continue searching and applying, until you find something you will totally love.
It's a huge challenge to get what you want from your career – and yet it's such a valuable activity. Remember, you have the choice – and it's only your choice, no-one else's. You can go for it and take the chance, or you can wallow in the comfort of nothingness for the rest of your career. It's as simple as that.

Martin Haworth is the author of ‘How To Land Your Dream Job’. You can have the job of your dreams. It takes application, attention and the information you need to get you there. There is all you need at his website, www.howtolandyourdreamjob.com

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