We all wish to land that dream job; the one that will play to our natural strengths and feed our souls the same way that ice cream quenches the heat on a hot afternoon. However, not all of us are lucky to get that job, or even come close. Have you wondered why?
See, a lot of people think that a high earning job is the way to go. Rightfully so, the bills have to get paid, right? But we sometimes develop tunnel vision in our quest for that high paying job that we forget to actually sit down and internalize what we really want out of a job. And that right there is the first step to landing your dream job. Actually sitting down and self-examining yourself to come up with a list of ideas that can become careers, and which will also inspire you to become better. Filter your dreams based on the aspirations you possess, the level of education they might require, and their earning potential. Other factors you can consider are the job’s ability to give back to world, working for someone who values you as an individual, and having to balance work with personal life/family.
Since we are talking about formal employment, we’ll go ahead further and discuss what it is you need to do on your end to make sure the chances of getting the job you desire increase.
Once you have come up with ideas for dream jobs, the next thing you have to do is research on them. The purpose of this is to determine which job is the best fit for you, and that which you will focus your attention on. Create a document that will allow you to note down which books to read, what courses/classes to take, which organizations hire, and the people you should make an effort to read, listen to, or follow (social media). Once you have done that, it’s time to go on a little further.
The more you learn about the job and the requirements and opportunities it entails, the better it is for you to build a web presence. A good number of employers today have an online presence, and it figures that you should too, if only to take advantage of the numerous opportunities to learn and share with others. Doing so will enable you to stay committed to the cause, and you get to understand some of the technologies that may be required for the job. Be careful though, not to let your Web site or blog stay unmaintained or be poorly designed. It will come back to bite you, so make sure that your web presence is done right.
Resumes and interviews
Now comes a critical aspect of the job search: writing the best resume you can. A resume sells you to potential employers without them setting eyes on you, so it has to be carefully tailored to meet their expectations. Rather than rely on online templates and other such material, aim to craft one from your own thoughts. Sounds hard for sure, but it will pay off in the end. See, employers come across hundreds of resumes every day, and for sure will spot a fake, copy-pasted resume from the bunch without so much as breaking a sweat. You want to make it through the eye test, because only then will you be around for the interview stage.
As you take in interviews and meetings with potential employers, make sure that your blog, website, Facebook, LinkedIn, and any other social media site contains accurate information about yourself. You are a brand at this particular point, and no one will consider buying from a brand that misrepresents information, or exaggerates about itself.
The value of networking
In modern times, it is sometimes more about who you know than what you know. See, your network is very crucial to your value to potential employers. Basically, the larger and more diverse the network of people you know is, the better it works out for you. And how do you create such a large network of valuable contacts in the first place?
Building networks is all about being at the right place at the right time. In modern times, networking events are held almost on a weekly basis, and you would be wise to attend them as often as you can. The purpose of networking events is to put people together and let them know each other, so that like-minded people will attract each other. Act natural at these events, and refrain from overselling yourself. Stick to what you do best, and rely on your communication skills to do the rest. Relax, be at ease, smile, shake hands, and laugh. In all the talk and handshaking people forget to laugh.
All rounded person
Aim to be well rounded. By this I mean have hobbies you partake in during your free time, volunteer for charity work, among others. Far too many people throw money and say they do charity work. Instead, roll up your sleeves and get down to the actual work. Volunteering not only looks good on your resume, but also gives you a chance to grow your network. Many of the connections made at volunteer events are usually well-connected and possess significant influence, things that will come in handy.
So far, you’ve done all you can to become the kind of person your dream career would be lucky to have. But it’s not the end. Get out there and go after your dream job. You’ll grow old waiting for the job to land on your lap. As such, take all the knowledge you have, the network of valuable contacts, and the volunteer responsibilities, and turn them into confidence to request meetings with employers in your dream industry. Sounds challenging, but nothing good comes easy. Requesting interviews is one of the most effective ways of getting your name out there, and gaining the attention of those that make hiring decisions. Plus, such meetings are usually low stress, thus allowing you to personally connect with hiring managers, a good precursor to receiving a job offer!