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Bill Slawski recently posted his resume on Twitter, and he announced that he's looking for his dream job (here's his tweet).
When I saw that tweet, I instantly thought two things:
1) Wow... Bill's one of my favorite people in the industry; we need to help him find what he's searching for (get it... we're SEOs*... and he's "searching" for a dream job... I know; I know... I hate puns too :-P).
2) Wait a second... I have no idea what my dream job is... guh.
So... Inbound community, I'm asking for your help.
Do you have an epic job you'd like to discuss with Bill? If you already have your dream job, what is it? If you're still searching for your dream job, what do you think it looks like?
And if you don't like any of those questions, feel free to answer your own. Or just lurk silently in the corner. It's your call.
*That's right... I said the 'S' word; get over it ;-)
I appreciate your starting this discussion, and I'd like to hear from others within the community about what makes a dream job for them, whether they already have that job, or they are searching (I did it too) for one themselves.
On Friday afternoon, I received an email from a client who I did an SEO site audit and set of recommendations for at the end of last year for a large ecommerce site. He's very happy with the results, and told me that he had the chance to present to his board in June, and tell them that the traffic and revenue for the site in the first six months of this year exceeded the traffic and revenue for all of last year. He's excited about doing more. I'm excited to have made such a difference. That's part of what a dream job is for me. I love receiving emails and phone calls like that.
I like being able to work from home, and being able to telecommute is one of the aspects of a dream job to me. I've worked with clients from across the globe, and being able to do that from home, interacting with others through email, IM, phone, and video conferencing, is another thing that I really appreciate.
I love the ability to run my own blog, and to interact with others in the SEO and inbound marketing community through Twitter and Facebook and Google Plus/Hangouts. To do SEO and do it well is to be social, to interact with others, to participate in meetups and conferences and barcamps.
Thanks again, Steve.
Well said Bill. You're comment forces me to read it all over again :)
I think Bill you've hit the nail on the head with your "making a difference" comment. That's it for me in whatever I'm doing I want to feel like I'm making a difference, achieving something and helping others achieve also.
I had a meeting today where I showed a couple of things I'd developed, nothing major and just a few hours work. The lady I was showing was so excited she did a spontaneous happy dance in the middle of the office.
Today was a good day.
Been an Affiliate Marketer in the Greek Islands (Mykanos/ IOS). Working 2 hours a day and then partying the rest. But to be honest would probably get over it after a bit. But really been an SEO and running your own business is cool, its just a constant hustle to get new business ect. I would probably be into property development/ building management or something if I was not in Online Marketing.
My dream job has three big components:
#1) Helping people improve their lives and the lives of those around them has to be at the core of what I do (right now I get to help a lot of people become better & more knowledgeable marketers externally, and help lots of folks at Moz become better at their respective roles)
#2) Individual contributor. Right now I manage a group of folks, and while I don't mind doing that terribly and am OK at it (though only with really self-driven folks like the Moz eteam), it's not my passion. I love doing the hands-on work, being a mentor to others, and creating (content, community, engagement, presentations, stories, products, crappy graphics, etc).
#3) I need to be around people who share my quirky worldview and values. I suspect that's one of my biggest weaknesses (in that I don't fit in a lot of places) and probably a reason why I eventually ended up a founder.
My Dream Job is working with MOZ & You... :)
That's really kind of you to say :-)
Rand Thanks for Addressing My Comment.... I am really happy... :) In life once will meet you...:)
Being able to be hands on, to create, to brainstorm with others, to help others learn and develop and grow is important. When you unroll your sleeves at the end of the day, it really helps you feel like you've accomplished something.
And that's why as CEO I STILL can't let go of every project...
I agree with that one of the biggest challenges for me so far is letting others get on with projects, trusting them to do a great job and accepting that they don't have to do it the way I would have :)
Even if it would have been better that way ;)
The quirky part is a big one. In my experience so far and from talking with other people, you can have all the expertise in the world but if you don't gel with those around you, a job won't last. It seems like working remotely is a partial workaround but you don't get the same feel, the same push and pull from direct interaction. I suspect a lot more people start things for that quirky reason but might state it in a different way. As Moz grows do you think it will become harder to retain that original quirk you started with? Maybe that is ok because it will morph to become similar but different and you still have the people you work with directly that keep that alive? Since the quirkiness can be hard to define I imagine it hard to answer. It seems like every company that grows tends to struggle with retaining the original vision/quirk or whatever that might be as more people influence that mix. Watching with great interest and appreciate all your transparency.
My dream job has multiple parts as well. I want to be an entrepreneur who has 2 businesses in real estate investment and network marketing. I want to use the financial freedom and income that I create from those 2 in order to launch my acting career. Yeah.. I have HUGE goals for my life hahaha
I also want to contribute to the people in the world that are looking for that glimmer at the end of the tunnel. I want to inspire and motivate people into creating the lives that they want for themselves and their families. I am here to liberate people and bring joy into people's lives. That would be the 3rd part to my dream career. Sorry for the multiple posts.
Deen, you don't need to apologize for multiple posts... the more the merrier :-) Especially when your second post is about "[inspiring and motivating] people into creating the lives that they want for themselves and their families." That's gold!
I just wanna be an Entrepreneur who can survive without listening to the bullshit by others that one must follow others or successive persons to live.
My dream job is a job where I never look at the clock. The day flies by and I am late to my 630PM workout class every day because I notice the time at the last second, and want to finish this project. My dream job is building something that can make an impact on the world and help others, not just make $5 from an affiliate code. My dream job is one where I enjoy everyone I work with, either internally (coworkers) or externally (clients). My dream job is amazing, but not so consuming it hurts the ones around me because of my dedication to it (family and friends). My dream job does not have a ceiling - it is a skyscraper that will only continue to build. My dream job pays me enough to never have to worry about my bank account. My dream job enables me to pay those around me to not have to worry about theirs, either. My dream job enables me to live in one of the best cities in the world, and be by other people who are also living their dream lives, inspiring me to live a better one myself.
After reading what Ross just wrote I want to work with him in his dream job. I would not change my career there are values that feel strongly about that I would like to find a better balance with at some point in my career, to work within a team of people who share the same mentality as people in the armed forces, you look after each other, you value each other, you work together and you are always striving for the same goal and there is no BS.
SEO, Sales and most importantly testing for the first company that sells legitimate jet packs that you can fly around the world in.
Hi Ryan, I've a doubt. Being an SEO person, how do we get jobs? Like from what all sources please?Thanks.
I love this question! It strikes beneath all the fluff and hits reality of life. When the question "what is your dream job" comes to light I think to myself, what do I want this life to be like? Also, my life is a big part of what I am surrounded by.
From the deepest part of my existence, I love happiness. I love laughter and joy. I dislike seeing people suffering. I like the concept of seo and social media when it's helping, when it is positive.
I worked for my uncles failing business during hard times, he promised me the world and lied. However, it got me in this game. I like to think of it as a game because there is a challenge and there are so many strategies to win!
I'm 28, lived in 3 continents and without much material. I grew up a vegetarian, yogi, lived in a Maharishi meditation camp at the age of 5, I think you can imagine what my parents are like lol. I don't feel like there is such a thing as a dream job. I don't think of my job as a job. It's more of a commitment.
I used to play with fire/bartend/teach yoga/and do Seo for my uncle. I loved the diversity and I did okay... I was having a great time. However that was not bringing in enough to support my fam. So, I decided to stick with SEO (highest profit margin). I felt confident because I got my uncle to rank #1 for "Metal Buildings" nationally. (Thanks Rand, you were my mentor via WBF)
Our jobs here on earth are far beyond our imaginations, no matter what you do for work, it's a part of who you are.
My dream job is what I make of my life, more importantly how I perceive it. Not everyone is blessed with a silver spoon, in some cases, no spoon. That does not matter thou It's all perception., for all of us.
My goal in life is to travel with my laptop make money as I travel and help failing economies as I go. The satisfaction I get from helping someone makes me feel alive and happy.
If I had to answer this question and get to eat my vegan cake, I would be banking from music and fire shows. I would Alison be banking from helping SMALL underdogs win in SEO while traveling, and inspire people to live healthy lifestyles.
Oh yeah, sent from my iphone*
I should be able to work from home. I should be able to make significant difference. Somewhere sunny (I live in UK)!
I, like many others in this industry, would ultimately like to be an entrepreneur. Anything online-based that I find interesting, that doesn't require hiring people and setting up an office, and that over time generates (semi-)passive income
I'd like to write my own films and score the music for it. What am I doing in SEO?
You're doing some great stuff, and when you leave to write films you will be missed.
That's very kind Gaz but I doubt that :)
Still TBC for me, a bit like Steve. In the words of Tobias (of Arrested Development fame): "I'm hoping the universe provides a path for me." Hmm, maybe I should become an actor...? ;-)
I'm with Rand on his #1 though - the biggest buzz I get is when I genuinely help people out. So that'll have to play into it somehow.
And now for an obligatory Tobias video: http://youtu.be/5posU08HjXg
Working from home - that is a beach house :)
My dream job would be to be a consultant for SEO agencies - go in, help them get better at what they do, and move onto the next team to help. I think my strength is in teaching and I read everyyyyyything. I joined an SEO team awhile ago and my 'role' so far seems to be to solve problems, bring new tools and methodologies to the team and generally help everyone do their job a little bit better. THAT is what I wish I could spend 10 hrs on a day.
Professional beer taster sounds good.
Really more of a hobby of mine, right now. Would love to make it to the big leagues.
fry cook on venus
My dream job: Being the tough, misunderstood loner who saves the world from the depredations of an as-yet undiscovered race of energy beings that live on the ocean floor.
You said 'dream.' I dream big.
Captain Scarlet, is that you?
Definitely an online job that helps others while being able to provide more than enough for my family. The thing is, helping others and impacting their lives positively makes my life (or anyone's for that matter) more meaningful.
I want to be an Entrepreneur, and If I want to work, I would like to work as Online and Digital Marketer