By Michelle Wanjiku
Do you love your job? Can you say that you are doing exactly what you want to do and are satisfied with your career? If your answer is no, then you are probably still searching for your dream job.
Finding a job is not easy, especially in the current job market but this should not deter you from actually making an effort. A dream job sounds impossible to get but with the right strategies and putting in the work, this dream can actually become a reality.
What is your dream job?
Before you can even go ahead and try to get that job you need to know what it represents. You don’t want to spend time and money working towards getting a job you won’t really enjoy. This is why knowing what your dream job is, is a very important first step in actually getting it.
So how do you know what your dream job is?
The answer is simple; you need to learn about yourself. What are you passionate about, what day to day tasks at work excite you? What would be your ideal workday?
Knowing what you want will help you figure out what your dream job is.
After figuring out what you actually want, there are certain steps you need to take to better your chances of getting the job.
Step One: Identify your skill sets
What do you have to offer? This will help you better position yourself as a great candidate for that job.
You need to stop looking at the job title and actually looking at what the job requires, to determine whether you qualify for the position or not.
After knowing what you have to offer, you need to position yourself in a manner that helps you get the job. This means your CV and cover letter needs to sell your skills to the employer. Take the time to perfect these documents if you wish to land your dream job.
Step Two: Reach out to your networks
Like it or not, your connections will help boost your chances of actually getting the job. This is why you need to put in a lot of effort into making great connections and maintaining those relationships.
After knowing what you have to offer, you need help to get your application in front of the employer. Having someone recommend you for the position will greatly increase your chances of getting an interview.
Step Three: Apply for the right jobs
It might be tempting to apply for any job opening you come across that you qualify for. However, this will not get you your dream job. You might get a job, but why get a job that you leave after only a few weeks?
You not only have to be careful of what positions you apply for but you must ensure you apply the right way. You will be surprised how many opportunities you are missing out on because of not following the application instructions.
Every job has a how to apply, read it carefully and ensure you follow the instructions given by the employer.
Step Four: Prepare for your interview
The biggest mistake you can ever make is attending an interview without preparing for it. You need to ensure that you prepare adequately for every interview you attend.
Practice your answers, get your papers in order, and research the company and anything else that will better your chances of acing the interview.
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Things to remember about getting your dream job
1. Don’t be deterred by a lack of experience
Don’t let the fact that you don’t have the experience required for the position; keep you from applying for it. You just need to be smart on how you show that your skills are enough and use these to sell your competency to the employer.
You can also decide to work on gaining the skills required for the position and even taking up internships or extra work to gain the experience required.
2. Remember that any progress is good progress
It may not feel like it but any small step you take towards getting your dream job is progress, be it contacting your networks, updating your CV or enrolling for a soft skills class. These small steps are moving you closer to the bigger goal.
3. Have realistic expectations
If you are able to land your dream job, it’s important to remember that every job has its ups and downs. There is no such thing as a perfect job or work situation. Even those who absolutely love their jobs have bad days.
Keep in mind that getting your dream job doesn’t mean you won’t have days where you don’t want to wake up in the morning.
Just like anything you truly want, you need to be willing to put in the effort required to actually get your dream job. Having skills alone won’t guarantee that you get the job; what will is how much work you put in that.