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Finding your dream job: 10 brilliant tips for the perfect job

What is my job? - The question is asked by young professionals as well as specialists and managers. After all, work and profession make up a large part of our lives. Accordingly, many are looking for THE dream job. Some of them have an exact idea, others only a vague picture. We will show you how you can find your dream job - using 10 important selection criteria and 5 brilliant questions. The subsequent dream job test shows whether you have perhaps already found the perfect job ...

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What is a dream job?

A dream job is the job or workplace that meets all personal ideas and expectations. In the perfect job, we can make optimal use of our strengths and talents; Do things that are fun; continuously develop personally and financially. He is the goal of every job search and successful career. Everything about it is correct. The job fits our profile perfectly and contributes significantly to satisfaction and self-fulfillment - if paid appropriately. But how realistic is that?

Dream jobs are more of a feeling than a specific job description. For some, a dream job would be if they could turn their hobby into a profession. The problem with this is that every person has individual talents, qualifications, interests and hobbies. But many do not automatically choose or find a job that fulfills all of their dreams. In fact, most people today are unhappy at their jobs.

Looking for a dream job: can the perfect job be found?

To be honest: “Yes and no.” No job is just perfect. No work is always fun. No job can do without its downsides. The naive image of the flawless dream job is above all that: a dream. However, we can come very close to this desire by being aware of important personal criteria when choosing a career and by making sure to choose the right employer when applying.

Job versus profession and calling

Most people choose a job - but then only do one job. The difference is already in the term: Behind a “job” there is something to which we feel “called”. There is a deep, inner connection to the activity. That's why it fulfills us - even when things don't go smoothly. The “job”, on the other hand, serves primarily to earn income. It can be fun, but the focus is on making money. Regardless of whether you are a career starter or a career changer: The most important thing to be happy is that you find your calling and not just pursue a job.

10 important signs of a dream job

Whether you will find your personal dream job depends largely on your (realistic) expectations and ideas. The sooner you become aware of these selection criteria and indications for a dream job and the more specifically you formulate them, the sooner you will find a job that fulfills you and makes you happy. So ask yourself:

What is important to me in my job?

  • tasks: The job should be varied and challenging (but not overwhelming), of course. But how important is it to you for a dream job whether the tasks match your strengths, interests and talents? Only then will the work be permanently enjoyable and feel less like work.
  • salary: Money is not everything. But the dream job usually includes fair pay. Nobody would describe a dream job as one that barely covers the cost of living. But how important is payment to you - and above all: What can you realistically earn in your dream job? Does that go together?
  • workplace: Short distances, hardly any commuting - for many this is a clear indication of a dream job. But how many offers are there in your area? Would you be ready to move for the dream job?
  • Self-reliance: For many, the freedom to work independently and responsibly, to be able to make decisions and not just to follow instructions, is an important factor for a dream job.
  • responsibility: Some people love them, others are afraid of too much responsibility. This does not necessarily mean personnel responsibility. Budget or project responsibility can also be decisive for a dream job. How important is the option to you?
  • work atmosphere: Above all, strong teamworkers need a working atmosphere of togetherness. They hate elbow mentality, competitiveness and conflicts. Anyone who attaches importance to this should research colleagues, managers and the environment as comprehensively as possible in advance.
  • time management: The concept of work-life balance as well as modern and flexible working time models are becoming increasingly important to many skilled workers. Do you want to determine your work rhythm yourself or do you find clear boundaries between work and leisure better?
  • Perspectives: Especially if you are planning a long-term commitment, the prospects should be right: Can you develop further in your job, advance, change internally? How important are further training and promotion to you?
  • Look at: It only sounds superficial. For many, however, the public image of your profession is also important. Garbage collector or doctor - that often makes a difference. Likewise, the level of awareness and the reputation of an employer. Working for an automobile manufacturer is different from working for an arms manufacturer or an oil company. However, the latter often pay significantly better (precisely because of this).
  • security: There is no such thing as an absolutely secure job. In the public service or as a civil servant (police officer, teacher, etc.), however, the probability of losing one's job is much lower than in the private sector. The greatest risk, but also the greatest freedom, is self-employment. So ask yourself how strong your need for security is.

Tip: How well can you describe your dream job?

Are you currently in a phase of professional reorientation or in the middle of the application phase? Then try to describe your dream job in as much detail as possible. Make a list and write down everything you expect from your personal dream job. The more specific the picture, the more targeted and successful your job search will be.

Dream job list: The most popular jobs among Germans

Speaking of selection criteria: If you could choose your profession freely - regardless of income, qualifications or age: What would your dream job be? In fact, there are now numerous surveys about what the Germans' dream jobs are. We created a kind of meta-study from this and thus distilled the ultimate dream job list for Germans:

➠ zookeeper
➠ psychologist
➠ writer / journalist
➠ actress
➠ fitness trainer
➠ Model
➠ architect
➠ doctor
➠ Marketing Expert
➠ policewoman

➠ professional athlete
➠ Managing Director / Board of Directors
➠ Pilot / astronaut
➠ researcher / inventor
➠ Lawyer / judge
➠ business consultant
➠ Sales / Account Manager
➠ engineer
➠ Coach
➠ teacher

Job profiles: entry, career & free templates

In our overview of the most important job profiles and job profiles you will find everything about training, studies, career and salary prospects as well as job-specific tips and free application templates. Examples:

To the job profiles

Finding a dream job: 5 brilliant questions

In order to be able to find your dream job, so-called key questions also help. They provoke thought and indirectly give us orientation and more clarity.

  1. What are my strengths?
    Those who can make optimal use of their strengths and talents will be more successful. You will also experience more satisfaction in your work. Determine your individual strengths and weaknesses honestly and comprehensively.
  2. What are my passions
    Your passion for a job is almost more important than your strengths. What is your heart beating for, what excites you and what is it that you have long (!) Fun? This is the only way to stay motivated even after years and decades.
  3. In which environment do I want to work?
    Do you prefer to work with strangers or in the office with colleagues? Would you prefer to work more freely in the field or with regulated processes? The right job in the wrong environment makes you unhappy.
  4. What jobs am I jealous of?
    A deliberately provocative question. "Envy" doesn't have to be a bad thing here. Rather, it serves to find relevant selection criteria. Ask yourself: Why am I jealous of this?
  5. What would I do for free?
    What if money doesn't matter? In the first step, a dream job can also be found in this way. The second is to find out how you can still earn enough money with it.

Dream job test: have you already found your dream job?

The grass next door is known to be always greener. You may have found your dream job long ago. Before you think about job frustration, job offers and job changes, you can also take the following dream job test. The short self-test shows you whether you are possibly closer to the dream job than you think ...

How often can you agree to the dream job test?

  • I find my job fulfilling.
  • I look forward to work in the morning.
  • I rarely look at the clock.
  • I enjoy spending time with my colleagues.
  • My work is easy for me.
  • I have a good relationship with my boss.
  • I regularly experience appreciation and recognition for my work.
  • My salary is reasonable and fair.
  • The job corresponds to the inclinations and skills.
  • The work-life balance is right here.
  • I still have good prospects in this job.
  • I don't know any weekend blues.
  • I often tell about my work.
  • I can't understand that so much whine about her job.
  • I don't have a job - I have a job!

If you have nodded at least ten times and internally agreed, you are well on the way to your dream job. Check which points you could not agree with and whether these can be optimized with a few (professional) changes. We wish you a lot of success!

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January 30, 2021Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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