Applying (yourself) for your dream job

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Date: Summer 2013
From: Phi Kappa Phi Forum(Vol. 93, Issue 2)
Publisher: Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Document Type: Article
Length: 888 words
Lexile Measure: 1230L

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Only 30 percent of professionals world-wide have their childhood dream job or work in a career related to it, according to a survey last November by LinkedIn. More than 70 percent of 8,000 member respondents said the most important characteristic of a dream job is "taking pleasure in your work." Eight percent ranked "helping others" as the salient component. Six percent chose "high salary."

In other surprising findings, 77 percent of professionals lack passion about their vocation, the business firm Deloitte states in its 2010 Shift Index report. Passionate workers are found more than twice as often in the self-employed than in the firm-employed, 47 percent versus 21 percent, respectively. Still, passionate workers in most industries measure close to the cumulative average of merely 23 percent. Few dreams here, it seems.

Daniel Gulati, an entrepreneur and coauthor of Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders, released by Harvard Business Press in 2011, investigated some of these problems, albeit on a small scale. "What do you regret most about your career?" he asked 30 professionals between the ages of 28 and 58 and across a wide spectrum of enterprises, from the managing director of an investment bank to a struggling self-employed photographer. The answers, which Gulati posted in an entry for the Harvard Business Review Blog Network in...

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