Workplace satisfaction

Only 25 per cent of workers surveyed by CareerBuilder say they hold their dream jobs, while the rest are dissatisfied with the pay, workload, stress level or career advancement potential of their current positions.

Conducted in August, the recruitment site's "At Work 2003 Survey" is based on responses from 1,905 full-time workers. "The majority of workers are still in pursuit of their dream jobs, citing financial responsibilities, lack of education and fear of the unknown as the primary reasons holding them back," COO Matt Ferguson says. He says that while many would like to move forward, they're more interested in job security in the tight labor market.

Once the economy improves, however, these workers will be ready to pursue new opportunities. They can start now by identifying career obstacles and creating a plan that utilizes all the educational and professional resources available to them.

Ferguson offers these tips for landing your dream job:

  • Put it in writing. Describe the job you want and the factors that have kept you from achieving it, such as training or education.
  • Formulate a strategy for tackling each factor. For example, online training would let you continue in your current job while giving you the skills you may need for the next level.
  • Network with people who in your prospective career area. Consider interning or volunteering to get more experience.
  • Remain optimistic and look at obstacles as opportunities to grow professionally.

This common-sense advice may be something you've heard before, but it bears repeating for those 75% of respondents who yearn to move on to a better opportunity.

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