How to Find Your Dream Job

How to Find Your Dream Job

Do you want to find your dream job? First of all, congratulations for searching for work you love. We spent decades of the best years of our lives at work, so finding work that enables you to use your strengths and make your unique impact on the world is important.

Here’s how to find your dream job. Get ready to take notes…because this is not the typical advice you hear.

1. Streamline your life

The absolute first thing to do when you want to find work you love, is to get rid of what you don’t love in your life. Why? Because getting rid of the unimportant junk will help you create time and space to find what you love. Start decluttering your life. Get rid of the unimportant, time-sucking activities that waste your day. Decrease your time spent on meaningless tasks by being more efficient. Get rid of the things in your environment that don’t add value to your life.


2. Work on your mindset

In order to find your dream job, you must believe it’s truly possible for you to do work you love.

Do any of these sound like you?

  • “A job is just a job…work isn’t meant to be fulfilling”
  • “Sure, it’s possible for so-and-so to do work they love, but not for me, because I’m (fill in the blank)…”
  • “My neighbor’s-friends-daughter’s-dog’s-cousin didn’t like the job I dream of doing, so therefore it’s probably not good for me either. I think I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.”

Your mindset is a crucial part of finding and doing work you love. Being able to think big, and view your life as full of potential and possibilities, can change your career in drastic ways. If you want to find your dream job, you must believe that your dream job really does exist (or that you can create it), that you have the capabilities to find it, and that you can be successful at it.


If, deep in your heart, you think work is just work, and having a dream job is just a cliche’, you’ll need to do some massive mindset work.

3. Refuse to settle

recent Gallup survey of people in 142 countries discovered that 87% of people are not engaged at their jobs.

Eighty-seven percent.


That’s a tragedy. It also means that the large majority of people around you will likely have bad advice for you related to your career. Seek the 13% of are engaged and fulfilled at work. Learn from them. Find mentors who love their careers. Read about them, meet them, immerse yourself in learning about them.

Refuse to settle. Refuse to shrug your shoulders, saying, “I guess this is as good as it gets.” You can find and do work that ignites you and allows you to use your strengths and make the difference you want to make in the world. Keep searching.

4. Consider your dream life

One way to fast-track yourself to a disaster is to follow a career path without considering how that career affects your overall life. What is your dream life? Do you want to work with many people, a few people, or alone? Do you want to work for a large company, a small company, or a company you own? Do you want to be able to work from anywhere, or would you like to go to a specific location for work? Do you want a flexible schedule or predictable hours?


Overall, what do you want your life to be like? You might not know all the answers right now, and that’s okay. Start writing down what you do know about your dream life. You will get more and more specific as you continue to learn more about yourself.

I want you to build a life you don’t crave a vacation from. I want you to choose a career that fits well into your ideal life and your ideal schedule, versus choosing a career and then trying to jam your life into your free-time.

5. Discover your strengths and passions

What are your innate strengths? Strengths are different than skills. When you have a strong understanding of your innate strengths, you can start focusing on potential career paths that will allow you to maximize those strengths. Along with discovering your strengths, it is helpful to find your passions. When you are absolutely on fire for something, it can give you excitement to jump out of bed on Monday mornings, ready to start the work week. If you’re not sure what you’re passionate about, check out this free workbook to find your passion. Also, start paying attention to what piques your interest and tugs at your heart.

6. Take massive action

If you really want to create your dream career, you’ll need to take massive action, even when you have bumps in the road. Do you want to be the person who fights for their dreams, or the person who gives up easily? How badly do you want to do work you love? If you really want to create the life of your dreams, you’ll need to take action, over and over, even when you don’t feel like it.

You can do work that ignites your soul and enables you to totally shine. Keep seeking your dream career.

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20 Best Places to Work for a Great Career in 2018

20 Best Places to Work for a Great Career in 2018

Looking for a job? There’s no doubt to the fact you will want to work with a company that appreciates you for who you are.

Well, good news. The labor market today is one that has peened up with more opportunities for advancement and personal employee improvement. This is partly due to the fact that a lot of companies have been made to understand the value of their biggest assets: the employees.

To wit, here’s a list of companies- across a wide array of industries- that have been able to develop working environments that are healthy and accommodating to workers.

Take a look at these 20 best place to work for a great career:

1. Salesforce, San Francisco, California,

    Salesforce is in the information technology business and the company ranks highest due to their commitment to learning and innovation. They are ready to try new things and everyone with a new idea is always welcome to share it at the company. The company has also been known to exhibit an exceptional approach to alignment.

    Find out more about careers in Salesforce

    2. Wegmans Food Markets Inc.,Rochester, New York

      Based in Rochester, New York, employees have been known to enjoy a sense of purpose from working here. The company has been able to achieve an optimal level of engagement across all working tiers and they’ve been able to achieve great things together. They even do deliveries.

      Find out more about careers in Wegmans

      3. Ultimate Software, Weston, Florida

        Employees get amazing benefits here but that’s not the only reason why this place is so awesome to work. Whenever there is a need or a death of an Ultipeep or any of other family members, the company shows love and support like no other.

        Find out more about careers in Ultimate Software


        4.The Boston Consulting Group, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

          Development is at the center of anything that goes on here. The business is about people and employees are the company’s biggest asset. Employees are able to challenge the status and also leave impacts on clients.

          Find out more about careers in The Boston Consulting Group

          5. Edward Jones, St. Louis, Missouri

            Edward Jones is admired for their ability to acknowledge history without being mired down by it. The company builds on a solid foundation but there is also a level of flexibility that allows for innovation.

            Find out more about careers in Edward Jones

            6. Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, San Francisco, California

              Kimpton is a trendsetter in the hospitality industry. The company always strives to try something different and that perspective is welcomed there at all times. Enjoy the weekends with luxury rooms, conformable mattress, furnished and well dressed service staff. A great opportunity for job seekers.

              Find out more about careers in Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants

              7. Workday, Pleasanton, California

                Newbies will find no issues with feeling welcome and at home here as this has always been a core culture component of the IT giant. Everyone is treated like family and this fosters a sense of oneness.

                Find out more about careers in Workday

                8. Genentech, South San Francisco, California


                  Here, employees are encouraged to be themselves. There is a feeling of care, safety, and acceptance that you get here that you can’t get at many firms. The development of an all-inclusive environment has always been foundational.

                  Find out more about careers in Genetech

                  9. Deloitte, New York, New York

                    Deloitte is one of the biggest professional service providers in the world, noted for their focus on constant learning, development and improvement. They invest in their employees and are concerned about their well being.

                    Find out more about careers in Deloitte

                    10. Baird, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                      Baird is a financial services provide that is known for adopting a “no asshole policy’ which guides the way people relate with and respect each other, regardless of their position on the company’s hierarchy.

                      Find out more about careers in Baird

                      11. Quicken Loans, Detroit, Michigan

                        At Quicken Loans, the views and opinions of everyone are respected and heard. The organization is revered for the amount of investment they put in their team members and everyone looks for ways to grow and be better.

                        Find out more about careers in Quicken Loans

                        12. Capital One, Mclean, Florida

                          Capital One has adopted a culture that encourages employees to take risks and try new things. They foster a healthy work-life balance and associates are challenged to live better lives.


                          Find out more about careers in Capital One

                          13. Cooley LLP, Palo Alto, California

                            Cooley LLP is a law firm known for their ability to care about the company culture and being able to develop a working environment that is empowering and fun. Cooley is known to go for the best when it comes to their employees, regardless of the occasion.

                            Find out more about careers in Cooley LLP

                            14. Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, Ohio

                              The medical center has been known for their propensity to delegate so much to their employees, thereby providing them with the ability to grow and learn on the job. In the end, you get a workplace that is all-engaging and super fun.

                              Find out more about careers in Southern Ohio Medical Center

                              15. American Express, New York, New York

                                American Express is a firm that celebrates wins, no matter how small. Everyone is made to share the same attitude towards service and the people they are to serve, thereby making people care about what they do.

                                Find out more about careers in American Express

                                16. Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, California

                                  The culture at Adobe Systems is one that encourages employees to develop their own ideas and get a strong viewpoint. As opposed to encouraging competition, work-life balance is fostered everywhere here.

                                  Find out more about careers in Adobe Systems Inc.


                                  17. The Cheesecake Factory Inc., Calabasas, California

                                    The Cheesecake Factory rewards dedication and hard work. Promotions come pretty easy, and there is always space for guidance to develop your experience and skills.

                                    Find out more about careers in The Cheesecake Factory Inc.

                                    18. Sap America, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

                                      If you’re looking for a new career path, SAP might be the best bet for you. The company is adept at recognizing value and transferable skills. And you can always look for a new path while maintaining your employment.

                                      Find out more about careers in Sap America

                                      19. NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, California

                                        NVIDIA is known for looking after even the smallest of things. With even a “pets allowed” policy this company accepts you for who you are, and helps you to work within your personality. Advancement is also fostered, and you are able to collaborate effectively.

                                        Find out more about careers in NVIDIA

                                        20. KPMG LLP, New York, New York

                                          Communication and progressive collaboration are the foundation of this company’s workforce treatment. Regardless of the level you are, someone is always at the ready to help and the company rewards extra effort with gratitude.

                                          Find out more about careers in KPMG LLP

                                          All in all, it’s safe to say that you will be able to find somewhere to apply your skills (whatever they are) that is all inclusive and highly accommodative. Companies today are being made to understand how much they can get when they treat their employees right and this has opened the door to an encouraging work environment for all.

                                          Happy job hunting!

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