Why are you job searching? Why do you want to get a degree? Why do you want a promotion?
I don’t know you, but I can guarantee that your answers to any of these is NOT simply to make money. No matter how broke you are or how much debt you have, your true motivation for finding a better job is not simply to get a bigger paycheck.
You might need more money to pay your bills. However, you want to pay your bill so that you can have a safe, comfortable place for you and your family to live. Your motivation is to provide for your family, to have security, or to be healthy.
See – it’s not about money.
We’ve all had to accept work simply to get caught up on bills. And we usually quit that job once the bills were paid, right? Taking a job just for the money is OK for a short time, but do you want to keep doing that over again? Is that how you want to move through your entire career?
Do you know how many hours the average American spends working over a lifetime?
Think about it: If you start working 40-hours a week at age 18 and retire at age 62 (if you’re lucky!), how many hours would that be? Subtract two weeks of vacation each year, and the grand total is … 88,000 hours.
You will work about 88,000 in your lifetime. That’s a long time to hate your job.
So, stop looking for dollar signs and start looking for a job that will help you find or keep what’s really important to you.
Before you look at job postings, think about the type of job that matches you skills and interests. Also think about the type of work setting you prefer such as outdoors, in an office, or working with the public. Next, look for jobs that meet these criteria and pay what you need.
By looking at all of these things, you are more likely to find a job that you will enjoy going to for 8-12 hours a day and it will give you the money you need to live the life you want.
Your Move: Think about your values and what is important to you in life and at work. Keep these in mind when looking for jobs.
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