These tips aren’t for job hunting, resume writing, or career test taking. Nay! I believe finding the perfect job is about aligning your personality, education, skills, passion, abilities, and life purpose with the money making possibilities in your environment.
My first tip is to read The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss. I’ve read it twice, and listened to it on audiobook on a road trip from Alberta to BC once.
Here’s what Ferriss says about taking action:
“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
The 4-Hour Workweek isn’t just about working fewer hours so you have more time to spend doing what you love; it’s about finding the perfect job for you.
How to Find the Perfect Job
This article is inspired by a reader’s question about finding work on Best Jobs and Careers for Introverts – From Online to On Air…
“Hi Laurie! Thrilled I found your site. I lucked up into the perfect job for me late last year. Unfortunately, it’s part time and the pay is not good. I’m in my late 40s and no time for the advanced degree it requires to move up, though I’d love it. My husband’s in real estate – he is definitely in his element. I was there with him for a while until I realized how much I hate it. I told him I’d do it again, since we need the money, but the thought closes up my throat and sometimes I break out in a sweat. I always knew I was an introvert, but now, I’m trying to figure out how to help my household financially and maintain mental sanity and appreciation in the process. I am writing a novel too. That’s where I am most happy and also when I’m reading other novels, but we need money. Thoughts? And thanks for your time.”
My first thought: is it REALLY too late to go back to school? I’m halfway through my MSW (Master’s of Social Work), and I’m 43. I don’t believe it’s ever too late to go back.
My second thought: can you cut back on your household spending and bills, and live on less? Try to live on your husband’s salary. Your income can be gravy, and give you the freedom and time to continue writing.
And here are a few general tips for other readers looking for the perfect job…
Figure out what “perfect jobs” you had in the past
This reader didn’t tell me what her perfect part-time job is! I wonder if she can turn that job into a full-time career, or if she can do the same job at a different organization (either part or full-time).
If you aren’t working in the perfect job for you, think back to the most interesting things you’ve done in the past. What did you love about your jobs? Who did you work with? Why did you go to work every day? Where were you?
Combine your passions, personality, and pursuits
My reader said she is writing a novel, loves to read, and needs money. If we were having coffee or walking our dogs together, I’d ask if she’s ever consider blogging? I’ve been making money from my Quips and Tips blogs for over five years; in 2012, I made almost $60,000. Crazy, huh? I think so too. I offer a few tips in How Do Bloggers Make Money? How My Blogs Pay the Bills.
Yes, it IS POSSIBLE to mold your passions, personality, and pursuits into the perfect job for you. I found the perfect job for me (blogging) by trying out different things until I fell in love the way I was spending my days.
Here’s another article that may help: How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Career.
Correct course along the way
Back to Tim Ferriss’ quotation: take action, and “correct course” as you go. Of course, it helps if you’re okay with change and if you can accept and quit jobs easily and freely. The ability to flow and flex with life isn’t a personality trait you’re born with – it’s a life skill you can learn. It’s a life skill you need to learn if you want to find the perfect job!
For more tips on finding the perfect job for you, read 5 Tips for Achieving Your Career Goals – From Confusion to Clarity.