How Finding Your Ideal Job Is Like Finding Your Soul Mate

The news on jobs – at least here in the UK – just seems to get worse. Yesterday The Guardian shared news of how 100,000 public sector folks will be put on notice of redundancy over the Christmas period. It’s the last in a long line of announcements about job losses, and there’s a real fear in many camps that the opportunities that once existed for work and career development are closing down.

However, by stunning contrast, I also recently came across a great campaign being run by Monster, the global online recruitment machine. It’s message talks to and challenges that big concern by showing how, even in a challenging economy, people are still finding and allowing themselves to do meaningful work. Of course, choosing the tactic of talking to a current deep psychological angst is a great way for Monster to differentiate itself in the market. Nevertheless I think their upbeat and ballsy approach is pretty inspiring.

And I wanted to share one little piece of it with you. Browsing through their advertising blurb, I came across this video of Greg Drevenstedt. He found his job as Road Test Editor for Rider Magazine via Monster. There was something of what he portrays in this clip that just jives with my whole philosophy.

Maybe it’s the way that it shows how magically Greg’s skills and talents of research and writing have weaved together with his passion for motorcycling to create the perfect job for him.

Or maybe it’s what he says about loving his work:

“It’s like having a soul mate… well, you can also have a soul mate in terms of a job.”

I know that a lot of you will use the next couple of weeks to reflect on what you do or don’t do for a living; how you can better match your efforts to your interests and make money in the process. And I wanted to share this little jewel with you as a little piece of inspiration that, despite the gloom, the soul can find its own way into amazing work.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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  1. Wow. This is brilliant. Whoever created this marketing concept and pitched is right on. I’m sure they are following they’re excelling in their dream career at Monster. Keep up the good work!

  2. Eduard - People Skills Decoded says:

    Hey Christine,

    The situation you describe in the UK reminds me perfectly about the situation in Romania. Tough times are here, and I’m not talking about the winter.

    Call me a masochist, but I kind of like tough times. These are the times when you need to push yourself and develop yourself more than ever if you want to get results, a good job being one of them.
    .-= Eduard – People Skills Decoded´s last blog ..Nice Guy Syndrome =-.

  3. Matthew Needham says:

    Hi Christine,

    Great article. It reminded me of someone I know who works for a large firm who announced a couple of years ago that they were going to be making redundancies in January, but they weren’t going to have people worry about things over Christmas, but would let everyone know what was happening, so everyone could have a good Christmas.

    So instead of 200 people having a very bad Christmas, 4000 had a terrible one.

    There’s one thing about being “open and honest” about what’s going on, but treating people like idiots is just wrong.


    • Totally agree, Matthew. As I said to someone in the comments of another post recently, when I was learning to be an HR person, one of my very good bosses told me that if people had to be let go there were some humanitarian things that had to be considered: never before the weekend, before a vacation, and never, never before Christmas. I understand all the financial reasons that people are having to be notified now – to give appropriate consultation before fiscal year end, blah, blah. But I can’t help thinking our current government is a soulless employer when it can’t allow a couple more weeks to pass before holding the redundancy axe over so many of its people.

      • Adrian Swinscoe says:

        Hi Christine,
        I completely agree that being sensitive about how, what and when we communicate is paramount and think that your old boss had it spot on. Great rules to live by.

        Matthew’s story is a great illustration of how some people even with good intentions can get it so wrong.

        .-= Adrian Swinscoe´s last blog ..Why cruise holidays and social media are made for each other =-.


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