The Components of a “Dream Job” Utilizing Career Assessments
In a recent article for CNN.com entitled “Is Your Dream Job Really Out There?” the author proposes that
a dream job “embodies one or more elements that makes doing your job easier or better and can mean
different things to different people.”
Doing your job easier or better is totally in sync with the concept of finding a career (or job) that “fits” you,
rather than the other way around. For example, using your motivated skills (skills that you are good at
and really get invigorated about using) in a field that interests you (or that you are even passionate
about), can contribute to a high-quality work experience. If your career (or job) also allows you to function
using the strengths and preferences of our personality type, that will not only make the job feel “easy” –
natural and enjoyable – but, in all likelihood, will also produce a significantly better outcome. In this way
YOUR dream job can also be beneficial for your employer who values results, productivity, innovation,
sales, and the bottom line.
The final piece to a “dream job” is one that matches your values, your goals (the vision and purpose of
your career and personal life), and your non-negotiable needs. This often is a more difficult match to
make. For instance, while you may really enjoy your job (skills, interests, and personal style are all in sync
with what you do day-to-day), it may be too demanding in terms of travel, so that you have little time to
spend with your family.
Career Assessments Can Lead the Way
Career confusion and indecision, often resulting in career apathy, seem to be common – so common that the idea of a “dream job” may seem impossible to some. Yet, finding a career direction or focus is
remarkably simple…it’s really all about YOU.
What makes you unique – what’s your “brand” (your authentic, differentiating characteristics)? What are
your motivated skills, interests and passions, values and goals, personality type, and rock-bottom needs?
All of these are components in exploring what YOU are about and how that can “sync up” with some
exciting possible career choices.
Career assessments are one tool to assist in uncovering these clues about ourselves. They can be
formal, standardized assessments (such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or Strong Interest Inventory),
informal (such as subjective self-reports and homework questions, or creative writing, journaling, or art),
and even 360-degree feedback assessments (such as the 360 Reach personal branding assessment)
that allow us to glimpse how others “see” us and our unique characteristics.
Career assessments (both standardized and informal types) can help to uncover the “dream job”
elements and, along with on-target career coaching/counseling, can facilitate producing a benchmark
against which job seekers can measure job possibilities. Getting clear on what exactly makes for a
“dream job” allows you then to know what you are pursuing – and also when you get close (so close, in
fact, that you may jump at the job opportunity). Remember the saying, “When you aim for the moon and
fall short, you’re still among the stars!”
Assessments for Insight, Action + Attitude for Results
What are the elements of YOUR “dream job”? How will you know you have found it? Do the
characteristics of your dream job change and grow as you do – or are they static? In a world where many
say dreams are impossible, have you found your dream job?
Knowing all the elements of what makes you unique is the first step in leveraging you into the career of
your dreams. With the right career assessments and the assistance of a well-qualified career
counselor/coach, you can “cut through the clutter” in your mind and gain career focus – insight into the
career that meshes seamlessly with who you REALLY are.
Establishing your brand identity through your actions is the second step. Transforming insight into results
requires communicating your differentiating factors to others clearly and consistently as you pursue your
new career focus, living according to your stated values and needs, and integrating the meaningful goals
in your life (both career and personal) into daily actions. The attitude of success - facing down the
skepticism within yourself and others, and meeting the fear of change with commitment, courage, and
humor – is the final step in finding and keeping your “dream job”.
Orison Swett Marden, founder of the modern success movement in America, and forerunner of “success
authors” such as Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Norman Vincent Peale, Stephen R. Covey, Anthony
Robbins, and Brian Tracy had this to say about the impossible: “All who have accomplished great things
have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed
impossible.” He also said, The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your
environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.