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Are you living the American Dream?

Rachel Nauen | January 29, 2018

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Today, less than half of workers feel they are living the American Dream.

The American Dream—the concept that the government should protect each person’s opportunity to pursue their own idea of happiness—has long been touted as one of the United States’ greatest ideals. Today, less than half (47 percent) of workers feel they are living the American Dream, according to CareerBuilder’s latest survey. Women are less likely than men to say they are living the American Dream (41 percent vs. 54 percent, respectively).

What does the American Dream mean to you? When asked, workers said:

- Making enough money for me and my family to live comfortably (85 percent)

- Being able to help others (48 percent)

- Getting a great education and providing that opportunity for my family (35 percent)

- Making an impact on my community (30 percent)

- Leaving a legacy (22 percent)

- Seeing my ideas become a reality in business (17 percent)

- Becoming a millionaire (10 percent)

Time to Make Your Career Dreams Come True

Rosemary Haefner, CHRO of CareerBuilder, gave tips for workers looking to achieve their career dreams in the new year.

1. Create a schedule. Whether you’re hunting for a job or taking classes to build your skills, block time on your calendar to focus solely on the task at hand.

2. Practice self-care. Exercise, read, meditate or spend time with loved ones – whatever activity helps you relax and rejuvenate. This will help keep anxiety and stress at bay.

3. Review past accomplishments. This will remind you of the skills you bring to the table as an employee or job seeker and keep you motivated to achieve your goals going forward.

Looking for more tips to find that dream job? Here are 5 hot hiring trends every job seeker should know from CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast.