How to land your dream job

Are you dreaming about your next job? Is your job just like one of these usual daily-grind type of work? Is this yet another job that’s just like everyone else’s? If you are on the hunt for a new job, are you looking for a 9-to-5, but wish you weren’t? Do you wish there was another option? Do you wish there is an an exciting, fulfilling line of work, where you could live out your passion?

Dream JobWhen looking for the right job, that suits your personality, your passion, you might find it hard to land that perfect one in a short period of time. It could mean to follow a long straight, until you get to this fulfilling point, until you get this unique and special job. Commercial Pilots, Heart surgeons, Brain Surgeons, Journalists, CEOs, scientists, fashion designers, professional actors studied for years, obtained work experience over many years until they finally got their dream job. One thing that all those people who have found and live their dream jobs have in common: Persistence.

If you dream it, you can achieve it.Zig Ziglar

Once you have decided on your dream job, you may find reaching this seems unattainable. With the right amount of forethought and preparation, you can make your dream job happen.

Following are some tips to get you started

Get to know yourself

Take the time to do an assessment of your values, how you like to work and what you’d be willing to do even if you never got paid. A psychometric assessment based on scientific research may help pointing you into the right direction of jobs that suit your personality. Take stock of your skills and interests, then hit the Internet and research careers and industries that map to your skills and interests. Contact companies in the industry, arrange informal interviews and offer voluntary work, if that is possible and would suit your personal situation. Getting a foot in the door, is the first major step.

Don’t despair because of your lack of experience

In developing a resume and other promotional materials for the field you want to pursue, think about how your current skills and talents apply to the responsibilities you’ll hold in the new job. For example, knowledge of project management, client relations, information technology and sales will take you far in most types of careers.

Take it easy in a new career

Take one step at a time. In most cases this means staying in your current job to earn a living, while working on your new venture and dream job on a part-time basis. This could be an internship in your new field, taking an adult-education class or workshop on weekends, or online education certifications. There is only way to find out if you’re passionate about something:  Just try it with as little risk as you can bear. However, certain circumstances might lead you into taking a deep breath and jump into the cold water.

Remember even little progress is good progress

There are many people who have the skills and aptitude to do do something they always craved for. But they stay in their current jobs, because the feel safe in their comfort zone and don’t want to make a decision; they fear making a bad decision. Not making a decision and therefore not moving ahead means you are making no progress and you will stay in your unsatisfying job indefinite. Your passion should fuel your quest to uncover a source of meaningful work. Doing nothing is your worst enemy. Our Career Consultants work with you on a step-by-step plan, aiming for your big-picture goal. Each and every little step you make, moves you a bit closer to your dream job.

Start as early as possible

Most people in the twenties and thirties are seen to be more flexible when they reboot their careers. They seem to discover themselves easier as they do not necessarily have commitments and responsibilities with regards to family, mortgages and so forth. The older you get, the more you may get into long-term financial burdens and commitments that seem to make it tougher to reboot. Having said that, we hear from many mid-aged people who left their main stream career and pursued their passion successfully. It is never too late to reboot your career.

Be realistic and set proper expectations

Imagine you have found your dream job, you have landed this satisfying gig. Congratulations! Bear in mind, there’s no such thing as the perfect work situation. Every job has its ups and downs; every job has aspects we love and aspects we don’t love. What did you define as a “dream job”? You still are required to work, right? A “dream job” will never ever be a “cushy job.” We have been told by our parents that there is no reward for no effort. If you saw you will reap. Anything worth having in this world does require the right amount of effort. And being human will mean that one day we feel on top of the world, the next day we feel like staying in bed and doing nothing. With realistic expectations and proper goals set for your dream job and your life on a daily, weekly, monthly, annually, etc. you will set yourself up for success. You will feel energised with every step you have accomplished, and thrive for more action.

Your Career Coach will work with you on assessing your psychometric profile, find a job that suits your passion and personality, develop a step-by-step plan that outlines actions you will execute to land your dream job. This includes to reboot your CV, reboot your presentation and interview techniques, if required. Your Career Coach wants you to land your dream job.