Many people end up taking jobs they hate just because of the high salary, while others end up doing what they love without making the money they feel they deserve.
So, how does one strike a balance?
Know Your Goals
The first step in finding the right job with the right salary is to know your goals.
Different people have different expectations regarding what constitutes a good job and a good salary.
Make sure your goals are attainable, or at the very least, have a clearly defined plan to reach your goals. If you've just graduated from college, don't expect to land a gig as a CEO making six figures.
However, if you want to eventually become a CEO making six figures, go ahead and map out a plan now to get to where you want to be.
When looking for any job, it's important to sell yourself from the very beginning of the application process, and this is even more important when you're angling for your dream job.
The reason for this is that employers know when they have a good thing, so great jobs that offer high salaries are in demand. As such, the competition for these jobs is going to be fiercer.
Thus, it's up to you to show the employer why you are the absolute best candidate for the position.
Are You Willing to Relocate?
In the article, "5 Keys to Earning More as an Architect This Year," the author notes that you need to go where the jobs are if you plan to make more money.
In most cases, good-paying jobs in a multitude of fields are only available in large urban areas, yet a good portion of the country lives in rural areas.
As a result, you may need to be willing to relocate if you plan to get the right job at the right salary.
Don't Give Up
If you haven't been able to find the right balance, don't give up. In fact, that's the worst thing you could do.
Even if you've interviewed for positions that you think are perfect and have been rejected, keep going.
New opportunities are being created all of the time, so you never know what today will bring. In addition, if you've looked and looked without any success, consider creating your own opportunity.
Going into business for yourself can be a great way to do what you love and earn as much as you'd like.
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About the Author: Andrew Rusnak is an author who writes on topics that include career counseling and human resources development.