3 Ways to be Authentic When Finding Your Dream Career

No matter whether you’re stuck in a job that drains you or you are new to the workforce and feel lost about what job would suit you best, finding a career that is right for you is possible. The job-hunting process can feel exhausting, especially if you really don’t have any idea of where you’re supposed to go or what you’re supposed to do.

However, finding your dream career isn’t something that happens overnight. Searching for a job that you genuinely enjoy and makes you happy means that you have to learn to be authentic with yourself. Here are some ways you can do this:

Stay true to your value system.

Before you start the job search, create a list of what you value the most. A value is something that you strongly feel is right or just. Some examples are:

  • Your spirituality
  • Loyalty
  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Integrity
  • Compassion

Don’t apply for jobs that don’t align with your beliefs. When you work in a position that places you in situations where your values are compromised, your motivation to complete that job decreases significantly.

Staying true to your values also means being honest on your resume and applications. However, it is tempting to embellish your skillset, qualifications, or certifications. When you do this, though, you are starting on the wrong foot with your employer. Companies hire you based on how experienced you are and how relevant your experience is for the position you applied for -- not a fictional resume.

Listen to what your heart and mind tell you.

When your gut starts to tell you something, listen; it’s not usually wrong. An example of when this might happen is interviewing for a job that doesn’t feel like a good match. You may get an uneasy feeling when the interviewer mentions a company policy, part of your potential job description, or how the job culture is.

Don’t overexert yourself during the job search.

We live in a society that pushes “hustle culture” harder than rest. Not only does this promote harmful ways of dealing with starting your professional journey or handling unemployment, but it also pushes you well past your mental limit. Without giving your body, mind, and spirit proper rest, you tell yourself that it is okay to become exhausted and overwhelmed.

Does that sound like you are being authentic to yourself? We certainly don’t think so.

Seeking professional help during your job search is a great way to stay authentic to yourself during your job search. Whether you seek counseling, vocational support, or mental health treatment, any form of advice you can get during the job search process can help you lean into what you truly want in a career.

How to Find Career Services

At Kentucky Services, our trained career professionals can help you determine which career field is right for you by working through valid and reliable assessments. If you’re interested in exploring different careers, learning more about your vocational profile, or speaking with a career professional about any of these things, schedule an appointment with us.