Finding or positioning for a dream job is premised first of all on the assumption that you already know what your dream job is. If you don’t know what your dream job is, then the whole positioning is like hoping to be on a football team but instead doing the job of a ball boy. Both sets of people touch the ball during a match but for different purposes.
The following steps can help with getting your dream job:
1. Clarity: Be clear about what your dream job is or at least have an approximation of what it would look like otherwise anything that looks good will suffice. A wise man once said good is the biggest enemy of great.
Know the job title, responsibilities, companies of interest, sort of colleagues you would like etc. This way, you won’t get distracted by jobs that look good but aren’t your fit. If it is not your dream role or doesn’t lead to your dream job, it might just be a distraction.
2. Find a Role Model: Identify people who are currently living your dream. No matter how big your dream job is, someone is already doing it or doing something similar. Find them.
Thankfully, we are in the digital age, so you don’t need to meet them physically. A virtual sighting will do. When you find someone, learn their story. Read about them. Study their resume and career progression. Peruse their profile.
3. Plot Your Journey: Upon doing number 2, begin to plot your journey using the stories of the individuals you have identified as a guide. Note that you are not intending to be them but to chart your own course by their examples.
Once you have plotted the destination, begin to work in reverse until you get to your current position. Then, you start working towards the actual dream.
4. Take Action: All of the three steps above are only as good as the action you take. Your dream job will remain a dream until you begin to do something about it.
Does that dream job require a number of years of experience? Acquire them. Does it require certifications? Get them. Does it require certain memberships? Join. Is a Master’s degree or MBA required? Get it.
Study job descriptions when you see ads publicized for your dream job and weigh the requirements with your current skill set to identify areas of match and lag. Then begin to work on filling the lag.
5. Network: This probably sounds like an over-flogged and overrated word but best believe, it isn’t. Recruiters, if they can help it, don’t want to go through the rigours of recruitment – sorting through hundreds and thousands of CVs. Referrals work and so employers use them.
The above tips are some recommendations that have been proven to work. It is not in any way an exhaustive list of what can be done to get your dream job. It is, however, a guide.
Have you applied strategies to get your desired job that worked? Do you know other methods that work? Please share with the community in the comments section below. We would like to know.