July 20, 2019

There's No Such Thing as a Dream Job

“Because I write a work advice column, I hear from a lot of people who think they’ve found their “dream job”—often based on little more than an ad. They write to me wanting to know how to get hired at this dream job, or seeking guidance on how to get over not being hired, or excited that they have been hired … and I’m often left thinking, “Don’t be too sure.”

Some of this might be the cynicism that naturally develops when your inbox is full of strangers’ work horror stories, but most of it is the reality that you just can’t tell from the outside whether something is a dream job—or whether it’ll end up being a nightmare job, or a just-OK job. The things that make people think “dream job,” such as the type of work or the prestige of the company, can quickly be trumped by a horrible boss, toxic culture, crushing workload, or any of the other factors that will turn a job you were excited about into one that you dread coming to every day.

Jobs don’t always look the same way from the outside that they do once you’re working there….”

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