Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Best Way to Get a Dream Job

The Best Way to Get a Dream Job
By Kimberly Bates

Ever hear about someone's job and think, "wow, now that's a dream job?" Chances are, it didn't start out that way.

There are really two options for you if you want to have one of those elusive jobs. The first is to create one yourself by designing your own dream business around the things you love to do. This isn't for everyone, however!

The second is to find a dream job as an employee for someone else. And, the reality is, most of those type jobs weren't conceived by the employer. Most of the time, those jobs were created by someone who was already working for the company in a different capacity.

And that's the big secret...most dream jobs are inside jobs. That is, they wind up getting created by someone already employed there, who builds a case for either creating or modifying a position into their perfect job.

I've actually been able to do this on two occasions. The first time I worked for a large telecommunications firm. I was newly pregnant, and wanted to stop traveling. There was a job posted that would be perfect for me, except it was located at our division offices 400 miles away. I approached the director about taking the position and doing it from home. Although they hadn't considered that option, we agreed to let me do it that way until I had the baby. Then, we would reassess. It was so successful, I wound up working "virtual" for six years. Yet, the job would never have been posted on a board as a "telecommuting" position.

The second time, I've been able to use work rules and scheduling options to make a job part-time. I get full benefits, but only work about half the month.

The drawback in both cases is that this "perfect" setup rarely lasts forever. In the first case, the company ultimately outsourced the work I was doing and the job went away. In the second, the company is being acquired and the new company may not offer the same options.

So, how do you create a "dream job?"

*Get a job, almost any job, in the industry or with the specific company where you want to work.

*Do really well. Establish a name for yourself. Become indispensable.

*Study the company to see if there are any existing positions that would fit your dream with doable changes (such as working from home).

*Approach management with your idea.

If they say "no," consider going out on your own to do the work as a consultant.

If working for an employer, and the restrictions and demands on your life and time just aren't working for you, please allow me to give you a complimentary consultation on your other options!

As a Dream Business Designer, I help people like you take their passions and lifestyle priorities and create a profit-modeled Dream Business idea with them. We start with an exciting, inspiring session to come up with an idea, then I work with you to turn that dream into a reality.

I'll start out by giving you ideas in a complimentary 20-minute brainstorming session by phone. Tell me your biggest wish and obstacle, and we'll go from there.

Kimberly Bates, The Dream Designer

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