Wondering how to land your dream job? Combining the following steps with focus, determination, and passion will help you obtain the rewarding career you envision. These days, many people are just happy to have a job, any job, but this should not dissuade you from pursuing a career that you are passionate about. Every day, people land their dream jobs because they carefully forged a path that allowed them to realize their aspirations. With the proper focus and determination, you can have a job that not only pays the bills, but also truly engages your mind and spirit. The following steps will help you construct your own path to a rewarding career.
Keep your job search focused on the field that genuinely interests you
While your innate talent and education are important, we all know that job experience and the resulting connections are what really propel us forward in our careers. If you are constantly switching jobs or working in unrelated fields, it is impossible to make progress and foster those relationships. Even if you have made a practical decision to take a job in a different field, you simultaneously need to cultivate your primary area of interest and remain an active participant in your true field of choice. Most importantly, you need to search solely for ways to embark upon that career path or you risk being sidetracked and stuck in an unrewarding profession. You can have a job that provides for you and is also personally fulfilling.
Use your online presence as a tool
Social media has drastically changed the way we pursue professional opportunities. While there are pitfalls associated with social networking, it has mostly helped us maintain connections and discover opportunities that in the past would have been lost to us. While Facebook can be helpful, LinkedIn is by far the most popular networking site when it comes to cultivating a career path. Make sure that your profile is up to date and you are connected to your past employers and colleagues, as well as your current ones. Joining professional groups on LinkedIn is another way to learn more about your field, grow your network, and find out about open positions. In addition to groups associated with your field, you should also join your alumni associations’ LinkedIn groups. Keep in mind that LinkedIn should present your professional face to the world. That does not mean your profile needs to bland and boring, quite the opposite, but it should primarily focus on your career and only include items you would not mind a potential employer seeing.
Do your homework!
Having the proper degrees and education is not enough. You need to be actively engaged in your field’s development, including keeping abreast of current trends, innovations, professional debates, and the individuals who are shaping the future. Of course, experience often determines our progress. It is easy to become myopic when we have our heart set on a particular career. Fields are constantly evolving, however, and jobs that did not exist even a few years ago are providing new and interesting entries into a variety of careers. Be open to the possibility of a different position that will help you gain experience in your preferred field.
Always tailor your cover letter and resume to the job you are applying for, no exceptions
When we are in the throes of an active job search and interested in multiple positions, it can be tempting to send out cookie cutter resumes and cover letters, but doing so is a waste of everyone’s time, including yours. While most cover letters follow a basic structure, the majority of the content should be unique and specific to that position and employer. Likewise, your resume should reflect the job requirements as advertised. Keep in mind that, these days, employers are deluged with applications. The best way to stand out is to take the time to articulate why you are the perfect fit for this specific position at this particular employer.