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03.05.2013Three Tips To Get The Career You Always Dreamed Of

Are you tired of getting rejection letters?

Panos Mourdoukoutas, Forbes.com

Do you have hard time getting the job you always dreamed of? Are you tired of getting rejection letters?

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You may have to change your search strategy, create your own job opportunities by capitalizing on the “core” capability you possess: aliveness, the energy that makes you valuable to other people.

In “Highly HUMAN Jobs,” published in May-June 2013 issue of THE FUTERIST, Richard W. Samson provides three tips to use “aliveness” to create job opportunities, even get the job you always dreamed of:

Tip 1: Get your foot into the door of an employer in any job any way you can, then turn the job into something closer to what you really want to do. “It doesn’t matter what your field, age, or situation are,” writes Samson.  “Leveraging your highly human skills is the surest route to work and the success you want. If you can’t find the job you want, try wanting the job you get—then molding it to your heart’s desire.” And if you fail to do so, move into another organization. That’s what happened to legendary entrepreneur and industrialist Andrew Carnegie. He quickly moved from telegraph messenger to telegraph operator, and eventually was promoted to superintendent of Pennsylvania  Railroad, a position that helped him amass the funds he needed to invest in different ventures that led to the creation of Carnegie Steel.

Tip 2:  Become a volunteer in an organization you always like to work, demonstrate that you are a valuable asset, then ask for pay. “Volunteering lets you use your skills, serve real needs, and build your self-worth. Then you can add your considerable highly human skills to your volunteer efforts. Become exceptional, make a real difference.” That’s how Mathew, one of my adult students, ended up pursuing a second career as career counselor in my school. He used his social skills to build relations with other students and administrators, serving first as a volunteer in the career office, and eventually as a full-time employee.

Tip 3: Turn free help into a business. “Rather than working for someone who serves customers or clients, go directly to the customers or clients. Set aside your job search if it’s taking too long. Find something people need that you can supply, and start supplying it for a price.” That’s what happened to me when I was an undergraduate student. I did turn my tutoring hobby into a very rewarding business—tutoring my friends and classmates for free in the beginning, and others for a fee, as the word spread that I could be of help.

The bottom line: If you have a hard time getting the job of your dreams, change your strategy, use your most important ability—aliveness—to get your foot into an organization that may eventually offer you that job or consider turning a hobby into a business.

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