5 Simple Steps To Your Dream Job
Have you been in your position for a while and are ready to move? Maybe you feel stalled out in your current role and want to move up or are just looking for a change. My goal with this post is to give some tips for those of you looking to move around and have a stable position currently.
Your first step in this process is to figure out what your next job is. I personally would take a blue sky approach to this task and really think about your dream job. Don’t hold back! Come up with a handful of jobs that you might be interested in doing.
Once you’ve nailed down a handful of dream jobs you need to start conducting informational interviews with potential employers. The point of these interviews are for you to learn about how different jobs are treated at a potential employer.
I would recommend using your friends & family as well as social media networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to quickly identify people that are working in your dream jobs. When you are connecting to them you’ll want to make it very clear that you aspire to work in that role and would like to learn from them about it
There are many good resources on the internet for how to conduct an “Informational Interview” which I would recommend reading through before starting. You don’t have to make this into a big deal. You’re simply trying to learn from them and see if the “dream job” is all it’s cracked up to be.
Choose a Position
Now that you’ve learned all about your dream job inside different organizations your next step is to choose one. Think long and hard about what you’ve learned and which one will be the best fit for you. You’ve already made some in-roads with people at these organizations so you’re one step closer!
You should now start assessing gaps in your skills. You need to identify key areas where you are lacking so you can either address them using your current position or be sure to re-work your resume to cover these gaps effectively.
In many cases your dream job will not be available and you’ll need to monitor job boards like HotJobs and Monster to see when your dream job pops up. Luckily you’ve already refined the search so it should be pretty easy to allow these sites to do the work for you. This will ensure that you don’t end up with a slew of garbage jobs in your email box every morning.
Now that your dream job is available you should again tap into your social networks and gather some initial information about the job. I would recommend using everything you’re able to find out about the job to ensure that you’re able to customize your resume to the position as well as nail the interview.
As you can see it just takes a little connection building, research and friendly talking to be able to nail your dream job!
Have you had success with processes like this in your career already?