4 Steps To Your Dream Job

dream-job-nowHave you ever heard; “You have the coolest job!”. I have too. Back when I was Marketing and Promotions Director of 102.1 the Edge, people used to always say “You have the coolest job!” Before that when I was part of the original team that launch FLOW 93.5, Canada’s 1st Urban radio station, people used to say “You have the coolest job!” Well, I’m here to crush all that. The coolest job in the world may be what you are doing right now. If not, then what are you waiting for? It’s out there, go get it. Here’s some tips to point you in the right direction…
Step 1: What excites you? What are you in to? Do you love cars? Is it baked goods or toothpaste or clothing or technology? Think of some brands you are in to. Write them down somewhere… we’ll get back to that later.  Think of some activities you love to do: is it shopping or eating or creating or planning or organizing? Write down some of the activities you like doing… we’ll get back to that later. Consider an exercise that your high school guidance counselors may or may not have shared with you. If you could spend the rest of your life getting paid to do something, what would be? Maybe you have an answer right now or maybe your don’t. Either way, it’s cool.Step 2: Who Do You Know?Remember that list of places you think you may want to work? Brands that you’re in to? So you have this list, now what? Very recently a friend told me his dream places to work. It was all related to the aerospace industry. He listed about 5 companies by name and said “It would be a dream come true to work for one them”. I asked him if he had any friends or acquaintances that currently work there or have some connection to these companies. He did not have any.

You need to build your network as wide as you can, or as focused as you can. If there are places you want to work and you don’t know a single person there, then you’re doing it wrong. Your network can help you. That’s actually why you have said network. Use it. Do whatever you can to get a foot in the door at one of your target places. Cold call, email, try and connect, buy coffees, get meetings… rinse and repeat.

Step 3: Listen.

What are you good at? Be honest. Remember that list of ‘things you like doing’? Take it out and try to assess if you are actually good at these things. You do not do this alone. You need input. Talk to the people closest to you. Friends, family, current managers & associates, along with past managers and colleagues. Sometimes the things you think you are great at may not be the things you are actually great at. Put on your big boy or girl pants and listen to what others have to say. Really listen.

Step 4: Get Ready. 

Hate to be the one who has to break this to you, but sometimes not everything is at is seems. A lot goes in to a workplace. Some of which you may not like. What you may think is your dream job, may be more like a nightmare. A work environment is a complicated ecosystem. The people, the space, the culture, the work, the politics, the hierarchy, the hours, the left-over cake in the kitchen. There are many things that may turn you off of your dream job. Just prepare yourself that anything can happen. Just because you thought this was the job for you, doesn’t mean you have to stick to it. You can change your mind. It’s ok. On the flip side, sometimes it does work out just fine. If so, congrats.

4 simple steps. Many of which you are probably doing already. For the record, I have not found my dream job yet. I love what I do and the people I do it with, but I’m convinced that my dream job has not been invented yet. Maybe one day I’ll get around to inventing it. As always I’m Jon Sinden on Twitter if you’ like to connect about this blog.
cheers,
::js

Super Awesome Leafs Ticket Giveaway & My Twitter Name Change!


To thank you for all your support and to celebrate my recent Twitter name change – I’m now a real person!! My handle is @JonSinden instead of @BigThinkerJon – (Thanks Twitter!) I’m giving away a pair of tickets to tonight’s Leafs/Caps game.

Here’s how you can enter:

1) Cut and Paste the tweet below and post it on Twitter:

Hey @JonSinden (nice new twitter handle) Please enter me to win a pair of tickets to @MapleLeafs vs #Capitals game tonight!

I only have one pair to giveaway. I will make a random draw around 4:30pm-ish today.

I’ll contact the winner via a Tweet!

Thanks for all your online and in-person support!
More giveaways to come!
Go Leafs Go!!

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Photo: Getty Images

#One4One Ticket Giveaway

The One4One Event on Monday, March 28th is going to be epic. Over 80 Toronto athletes in one room at Real Sports Bar & Grill. This event supports the MLSE Team Up Foundation. Team Up’s mission is: to improve the lives of youth by building facilities, giving to sustainable programs and empowering youth through sports and recreation

Here’s how you can enter to win a pair of tickets:

1) Cut and Paste the tweet below and post it on Twitter:

Hey @BigThinkerJon. I want to go to #One4One on March 28 to support @TeamUpFndn – Please enter me to win a pair of #One4One tickets.

And, if you feel so inclined, you can also share the links to the event and info on how to get tickets. (all that info is below) Feel free to share it!

From all the tweets posted between now and Sunday at 11:59 pm, I will randomly pick a winner. I’ll tweet the winner on Monday morning and meet you there on Monday night.

There can only be one winner (plus guest) in this contest, so, if you really want to go to One4One, please contact Eleanor McDonald at 416-815-5428 or email her: emcdonald@mapleleafsports.com

More info: Team Up Website

Behind the Scenes at Toronto FC Presser on Jan 26, 2011 with Jonathan

Behind The Scenes at Toronto FC.

Just before the team heads off to Turkey, I grabbed some footage for you all to see. Check out Dwayne DeRosario answering the tough questions, Nana Attakora and I checking out Head Coach Aron Winter’s fancy shoes, and some clips of writers and producers offering their .02 on the event.

Hope you like the video.

If you want to see anything specific from the Leafs/Raptors/TorontoFC worlds, just let me know and I’ll grab a video!

Cheers for watching!
js

Toronto Maple Leafs visit The Hospital For Sick Children

For 50 years straight, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been visiting The Hospital for Sick Children.

I’m so blessed to have been a part of it this year.

I tried to capture some footage of the event that you would not see on traditional TV, along with some discussions with players. I really tried to keep it tasteful.

In this video, I speak with Luke Schenn, Colby Armstrong, John Mitchell and Tim Brent.

I really appreciate you watching this. Any suggestion for future videos are more than welcome.

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Behind the Scenes at Toronto FC Management Team Presser with Jonathan

I’m always trying to figure out ways to show people some behind the scenes stuff at Toronto FC. Armed with my camera and little-to-no talent, I just started filming at the recent Toronto FC Press Conference. Above is the finished product. Hope you like it.

Just trying to do my part in building the relationship between fans and the team.

If you ever have a suggestion, or wanna see something, just let me know.

Find me on Twitter

Talk to you soon.
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Habitat for Humanity Polar Bear Dip 2011 with @BigThinkerJon

How did you ring in the New Year? I always wanted to jump in the cold waters of Lake Ontario , and, on Jan 1st, I got my chance.

I had a blast at the Habitat For Humanity Polar Bear Dip. Yes, the water was cold, but the people, staff and volunteers were amazing and it was an amazing day! A bunch of money was raised for HFHT which will build one house for one family.

Thanks for watching this video. As always, your comments and support are much appreciated.

Thank you to those who took the time to sponsor me with an online donation. Couldn’t have done it without you!

I’d love to hear about some things you want to do in 2011…

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Social Media is…. not Twitter.


Twitter is just one spoke in the wheel. Social Media is about people. People sharing, learning, laughing… you know… being people. Social Media is starting and developing relationships. Social Media lives online, but also in person. Social Media is pretty much part of everything, and it’s everywhere.

Saying a Social Media person’s job is sending Tweets, is kinda like saying a Marketing Director’s Job is buying billboards. Seems kinda small in scope, non?

If you work or play in this world, please let’s all make an effort to educate. But not in a preachy know-it-all kind of way… just in how-friends-talk-to-friends kind of way.

What are your thoughts? Am I way off? Do you agree?