Are you currently loving your job? I kinda just found what that feels like! Are you hating your job? Maybe it’s not the best fit for your personality and talents. That was me, but I really tried to see the silver-lining while I was there and just continued to learn and gain experience, knowing it would help me land my dream job one day…
I have moved to an amazing company with exceptional values and I am so excited for what lies ahead. A lot of my creativity will be poured out in managing their digital marketing and social media accounts (you can follow along here and here), but I still plan to keep @thesouthernsource fresh, and will continue to try and create content that is valuable to YOU!
If you’ve made it this far, I just want to encourage you to keep working towards your end goal. Starting this blog has been one of the most important things I’ve done career wise, and here’s why.
How Blogging Helped Me Land My Dream Job
I took a little bit of new knowledge (SEO and website design) and combined it with a passion (sharing recipes and the Southern lifestyle).
With the drive to make it successful, I researched and worked really hard to continue learning about the marketing and blogging space. Driving website traffic and growing online influence quickly became my main project, and I would find myself working on it long after my antagonizing day at work. It was a release, not work, even though it was, but somehow didn’t feel that way. That’s when you know you’ve found something
Here’s are 3 major points to focus on when trying to find your purpose, with the end goal of landing your dream job:
1. Niche Downs
Find something your are extremely passionate about then find a way to make it your side hustle. Maybe you work in a miserable cubicle all day, but have an amazing sense of design, or have an eye for jewelry.
Story: a friend of mine started making jewelry because she saw pieces online, knew she could make better pieces for herself, and save money rather than buying similar items from high-end boutiques. This gal grew her jewelry business and ended up making 5 FIGURES while in COLLEGE! She is now selling wholesale to those high-end boutiques. #girlboss
2. Invest in Yourself
If you have the time and patience to do tons of research on your niche, that’s great. If you don’t, you’ll want to invest in some specific training to help you accelerate towards your goals a little faster. Maybe it’s a photography course online or at a community college. For me, I invested in a branding and pitching course($500). Yes, it was expensive, but it gave me great knowledge of the industry, and an action plan that would allow me to be on that road of success, I so desired. Sometimes it was hard having my full time job which did not allow nor give me time to implement some of the strategies I was learning, however, it did give me the experience and verbiage I needed once I was given the chance to get in front of a company to pitch myself as a new hire!
3. Find Your Worth and Own It
When you grow something successfully via grassroots; organically — 100% on your own (and tracking the data), you know the strategies are working!
This gave me the confidence to now go and look for a job that would fulfill me in all aspects of my personality. Tracking the progress, the metrics, and the growth of my project was HUGE! This was my opportunity to go to a prospective employer and say, “Here, this is what I’ve done (super part-time) for my brand, let me tell you how I can do this for your company!”
There is no better feeling than finally gaining that confidence after a few years of feeling lost after college graduation. It’s hard to know your worth sometimes, especially for those wading and wondering through your first couple of post-college jobs, all while that coveted degree is still fresh in your mind; asking yourself,” Wasn’t there supposed to be more than this?”
So, if you’re just out of college, know that hating your first few jobs is totally normal. Stick it out. Learn as much as you can. Learn what you’re good at, what kind of leadership you prefer to work with, and the types that you completely cannot work with.
If you’ve been in the workforce for a while, but still haven’t found that dream job, find a side hustle that aligns with your passion. Build something that could add value to one of your dream employers. Then, go and OWN IT!