In their book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan advise you to find “the one thing” that, if you did it, would make everything else easier or unnecessary. Sounds simple enough!

However, I’ve learned through experience that “simple” does not mean “easy.” For instance, just coming up with “the one thing” isn’t as simple as it sounds. I mean, if you just focus on that one thing, and it isn’t the right one thing, where does that leave you?

If you are searching for your perfect job, what is the one thing that if you did it, would make everything else easier? I think that you need to figure out what your perfect job is in the first place. When you’ve have that clearly defined, it certainly makes all the rest of the job-search process a lot easier.

In my experience, the biggest problem jobseekers have when it comes to finding their perfect job is that they don’t know what it is. If you are like most, you don’t know what you want, and whether you are unemployed, working but unhappy, or reentering the workplace, all you know is that you don’t want to be where you are. You want to change your current situation. Most people focus on moving away from where they are, instead of moving toward something. That may be okay if you want to find just any job, but it is not okay if you want to find and land your perfect job.

What is your perfect job?

Your perfect job is one where you can use your skills, talents and abilities to add value to your company in a way that motivates you to come to work every day AND in an environment where you will thrive. Your perfect job is one where you love what you are doing so much, you’d do it for free, but you don’t have to, because they pay you for the value you bring. Your perfect job is one where you are a perfect fit for what it takes to be a superior performer. Your perfect job is one where you find joy at work.

Before you can look outwardly for your perfect job, you have to look inwardly. What are your greatest assets, skills, talents and experiences that are of value to an organization? What are your motivators – why you do what you do? What are your core values and beliefs that guide your decisions and behaviors? What do you want in your perfect job? What don’t you want? If you don’t want something, what do you want instead? What are you most passionate about? What do you do naturally and without effort that brings you great satisfaction?

By answering these questions, you can gain clarity of your perfect job and with that clarity, you can focus your job-search process and target your perfect job. You still have to do the work to go get it, but it certainly is a lot easier if you know what you are looking for.

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