How to find your dream job?
Companies love to hire new people and hate to let them go, so you need to stay on that job hunt list if you don’t want to panic.
The Gilded Age of American Economic History is just about over. Many old jobs are gone. New, better, and ever-changing jobs abound. So go and explore your prospective new career opportunities.
Don’t just be idealistic; you have to make sense of your choices. Companies are constantly evolving and improving our processes to increase efficiency. The best hire the best.
Sometimes you’ll hit a low point. Your company could be shrinking, or in the middle of a recession. Maybe you just don’t like what you’re doing. Or maybe your prospective employers have changed too. If you’re overqualified for the position, your chances of success diminish, and you might be looking to leave. Be flexible — even if your current job isn’t perfect, you’ll get better work and a better job environment in the future.
First, prepare to market yourself. Go online and do a resume search for your company’s name, basic subject matter expertise, and the requirements for a position. Got a higher education? Research and complete an Internet-based resume interview to showcase your qualifications and personality.
It’s pretty useful to have a communications plan. This could mean creating a resume using a professional voice for an interview, or asking a co-worker to act out the role for you. You don’t have to memorize answers to everything; ask questions in an open-ended manner, such as: “If we could employ you, what would you do?” Do not ask specific questions about a job; keep your questions general.
Always keep your eyes and ears open. Read news about your dream company. If you hear a bad rumor about your current job, use your familiarity with the organization to correct it. You can work the rumor mill by doing a blog post or public relations campaign. If a Fortune 500 Company does a public relations campaign that touches on your company, ask for permission to release the information to the public. If they’re OK with it, make sure you post the information in a timely manner on your website. (Never forget that you want to stay current, especially when a job is going to a new company.)
Willingness to take risks is essential to being successful in your new job. Set challenging goals for yourself. If you are a self-starter, there will be no problem meeting your goals. If you’re good at planning ahead, talk to your manager or supervisor to find out what projects are most important and how you can move forward on them. Set a deadline for yourself, and work toward meeting it.
Be careful when it comes to interviews and resume presentations. Take care to connect your story to the business. Find out the company values and philosophy; what your department does and why is it important to your company? You can make new friends or be an addition to the existing community by finding out what people think about the company, its employees, and its product. If you need extra time to accomplish an important goal (if an application takes too long, for example), request extra time, even if you feel like you may have already missed the deadline. Meeting deadlines helps your career.
- Think Clearly,
- Make Business Decisions, and
- Get Your Boss to Like You.
By following these steps, you can quickly identify your dream job, and you’ll have secured a job for the next 10 years or more, just by applying.
Are you ready?