How to put passion into your career

man walking on a dirt roadNo doubt you’ve heard the saying, “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” We hear these words all the time—but how many people actually live by them?

For better or worse, many people choose jobs they don’t necessarily love because the benefits and pay are just too good to pass up. But that doesn’t mean you should just throw in the towel and think that working a job you don’t love is just an inevitable fact of life.

There are several roads you can take to finding and putting passion into whatever career you choose, and here are just a few. Take a look below:

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How to be More Engaged and Passionate About Your Job

windy road at sunriseBeing passionate and engaged is a very important part of someone’s work ethic. Take a look around and you’ll find managers using “passionate” to describe their best employees, and Millennials arguing that it’s the driving force behind much of their career.

In a perfect world, it makes complete sense: you pick the job you feel most engaged in, and naturally, your passion for that job will help you work harder to succeed. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.

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Employers: Hiring Employees Who Care (Part II)

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Yesterday, we gave you several reasons why you should hire employees who really care about their job.

As we mentioned, hiring passionate employees can bring a lot of benefits to a company. From the strive for excellence and progress, to an employee’s personal investment in the company, all of these things can help enhance the overall success of your company.

But finding passionate employees isn’t always that easy. As a hiring manager, it can require a little detective work to sift through all of the candidates, especially when everyone can simply say, “Yes, I am passionate.”

To lead you in the right direction, here are a few tips that can help you pick out the right (read: passionate) candidates for the job. Take look below:

Assess cultural fit

Cultural fit may determine exactly whether an individual is passionate or not, but it will help make things easier for you. By comparing the values of your candidates to employees who you already know are passionate, you can get a better idea of where they stand in terms of commitment. If you happen to see the same drive and characteristics in them as you do in your employees, then it is safe to say that you are at least heading in the right direction.

An extraordinary interview

The interview is usually the first serious one-on-one conversation where you will be able to gauge their passion. With that in mind, here are a few things to look for.

  • They ask a lot of questions and aren’t afraid to share their opinions. A lot of interviews typically consist of the hiring manager asking all of the questions and the candidate answering back with planned answers, but that’s not the case when it comes to a candidate who is passionate about the job.

    Look for people who aren’t afraid to share their opinions, whether it has to do with their personal assessment of the industry, how they believe they can enhance your company, and more. An interview with them should feel like you are being interviewed by the candidate as well.

  • They make a great sell. Above all, a candidate who is passionate about the position is also more likely to try to sell themselves (i.e. their qualities and characteristics) compared to the average candidate. This is a good sign because it shows that they are persistent and truly believe they are the right candidate for the job. That kind of drive is a great quality to have in any employee.

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