Thursday, June 16, 2005

Curious about Dream Jobs? Find Out How to Get Started with One!

I love getting up every day because I have a Dream Job. As a matter of fact, I have several Dreams Jobs. But, even having one Dream Job is so much better than having a job that is a drag. An unfulfilling job may pay the bills, but it doesn’t enrich your life.

When I first became active writing and designing on the Internet, I was fortunate to find Michael Werner, a publisher who had the idea for Dream Jobs to Go. He was searching for been-there done-that authors who were willing to write short, punchy e-books filled with content, interviews and hot links, all about how to get started in a Dream Job.

I signed up to write about my two favorite Dream Jobs – Fitness Instructor and Professional Storyteller – and was on my way in a new adventure.

Dana K. Cassell, writer and Series Editor for the Dream Jobs to Go series, sent me a sample book, the preferred structure, interview questions and guidelines. Besides sharing our backgrounds, knowledge and experiences in the Dream Job of our choice, we were to interview three people who also were enjoying the same Dream Job.

For both books, I had a blast!
No, it wasn’t easy. Even writing a short e-book that was graphically designed and published by someone else took time, discipline and patience.

But enough about me and my Dream Jobs!

Have you ever wondered about how to get started in one of the following careers? Book Reviewer, Costume Designer, Dog Trainer, Event Planner, Fitness Instructor, Freelance Writer, Independent Filmmaker, Interior Landscaper, Karaoke Host, Meteorologist, Photojournalist, Professional Organizer, Professional Storyteller, Quilt Artist, Radio/Voice-Over Announcer, Software Trainer, Television Producer, Wedding Planner, Wilderness Guide, and many, many more. There are so many titles offered by so many interesting and knowledgeable people, you will find more dream jobs than you could ever imagine exist. You will find the list HERE.

Each title gives you step-by-step guidelines for breaking into your dream job field, along with invaluable insight from the pros - the author and others doing that very same job. It'll be like sitting around a coffee table listening to a bunch of veterans, picking their brains for the secrets you need to get started!

And every title includes 20 or so live, hot links to dream job-related sites and resources, places to go for additional details about a job, leads for break-in tips, and more! Just click on them from within the book, and your browser will take you straight through! Every book also includes that all-important section that tells you, step-by-step, exactly what you have to do to break into the field and do the job you're interested in.

Let me share an excerpt from one of the books I wrote for the site - How to Get Started As a Fitness Instructor.

As with all skilled professionals, an excellent fitness instructor makes leading classes look both easy and fun. Coupled with this observation, the idea of being paid to keep fit is appealing to many who already work out. To become an effective fitness instructor takes much more, however, than being fit and moving around to music.Even though this career can offer one of the most flexible and rewarding of "dream jobs," it still demands many hours of training, practice, and keeping up with the ever-changing world of fitness. It takes discipline, personality, communication skills, and, above all, the desire to help others achieve their goals.

Fortunately, if you are willing to devote your energy and time to this lively career, there is a plethora of opportunities. The fitness industry is "hot." Health clubs add new classes on a regular basis. New members join clubs daily. Corporations are realizing the benefits of creating fitness facilities for their employees. Senior centers, assisted living complexes, and nursing homes offer fitness sessions. Committed fitness instructors are needed and in demand. How to Get Started as a Fitness Instructor will provide a realistic picture of what you can expect, share the experiences of currently successful fitness instructors, tell you what you need to know, offer insider tips on how to become successful, and provide a step-by-step plan to get you started.

This is just a sample of the information and guidance you will discover in the Dream Job book of your choice. For additional information, and because you enjoy blogs, there is now a Dream Jobbin’ blog at Take a look!

Have fun and let me know how it turns out.