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Passion essential to landing that dream job

Los Angeles Times

 If one of your New Year's resolutions is to find a better job -- or just find a job -- you have lots of company right now. January is historically a peak hiring month. Many businesses operate on a calendar year budgeting cycle, so now they have money to fill vacancies or expand. Now could be the time to land your dream job. But first you have to know where to look and what to look for.

"Our parents were told that you went to school and then you made a career choice," he says, and that was it. And for generations, an American worker could expect to be hired and retired by the same employer. But the economy -- not to mention individuals' attention spans and expectations -- has changed. Today, someone will go job hunting at least eight times in his or her life, writes Richard Bolles in his classic career-seekers guide, "What Color Is Your Parachute?"

How to discover a passion that pays? There's little mystery here, experts agree. You have to be honest with yourself -- about your skills, what you like to do and (most important) what you don't like to do. Susan W. Miller, founder of California Career Services, asks employed clients a seemingly simple question: When you're having a good day at work, what exactly are you doing? Among all the things that you do every day at work, what do you do best?

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