I will be checking this out.
First, you have to know what you want from a job that you would enjoy. The characteristics have to be practical, though. Ideally, you want this job to set you up for your career path so that the rest of your life is enjoyable.
Second, list out these characteristics. Listing out what you want and don’t want from a position can make a huge difference and help you visualize what it is you want from the job. These characteristics can be as basic as, “I do not want to be stuck in my cubicle all day,” or “I want to work with people.”
Third, find positions that have a majority of your selected characteristics in a field you’re interested in. You’re not gonna find something that has EVERYTHING you want (or maybe you will!) But, make sure there are challenges that allow you to develop so that you can move onward (which may include a better title, higher salaries in the future).
Fourth, create resumes and cover letters that are tailored toward each position. I’ll actually create an article on how to create a good resume and cover letter - stay tuned!
Apply and be patient. If you’re applying to a large company, it will take a while for that company to get back to you. Most organizations will not respond to you if they’re not interested. I also think it’s great to set a goal of sending out x number of applications a day. At one point, I was sending out two applications a day.
Don’t stop! Even if you receive a response, don’t give up on your goal. Continue to apply because you can’t expect anything until a company sends you that offer letter.
Quit complaining about something you can change and start applying to positions that will excite you!
Notes: A lot of people get stuck with jobs they hate because they need money. Keep up with that job because you still need to survive while you’re job searching. It’ll suck, and it’ll be difficult, but it IS worth it. Once you’ve secured a new and more likable role, that’s your time to finally leave it behind, or perhaps try going part-time if you really need the money.
If you’re lacking experience, try going for a paid/non-paid internship. I suggest working part-time on weekends if an internship is full-time. It is a lot of work for the time being, but it’s also fantastically awesome when they hire you for full-time from the internship.
I wrote this because I hate my job, and I hate that other people out there hate their jobs too. I’m in the middle of interviewing for a company that I really want to work for, so I thought I’d share my insight and help others.