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A 5-step guide to landing your dream job


When we make our way through our school years, we often have a dream job in mind. Children are much more certain about what they want to do as a career and yet all too often, by the time they have become job seekers, they have diluted their dreams and put up with second best. It doesn’t have to be that way. Your working life should be more than simply something that provides a wage; especially as you’ll spend a significant part of your life at work. That becomes a much more palatable prospect when you’re working in your dream job and landing it could be easier than you think. To help you on your way, here’s a handy five step guide on how to land your dream job.

1. Formulate a dream job plan

It’s well known that when we fail to prepare, we prepare to fail. Benjamin Franklin’s maxim can be applied to many aspects of our lives, and it’s especially pertinent when it comes to finding a great job. The first step to creating a plan that will help you land your dream job is to discern exactly what it is, so you may find it useful to remember the childhood dreams and ambitions you once had. Once you’ve done this, take a look at the rest of our guide and then write down what steps you’ll need to take to improve your chances, and who you need to contact. Look at this plan every day when you wake up, and you’ll feel energized, motivated, and ready to take positive action in your job quest.

2. Create an outstanding resume

Your curriculum vitae, or resume, can be the difference between securing a superb job and not even making it to the interview stage. Employers have to be ruthless when it comes to deciding who to interview, and they’ll base their decision upon your job application letter and resume. That’s why learning how to make a resume can pay dividends, and thankfully there’s expert advice readily available on the web. Your resume should be informative yet to the point; if it’s too long it’s unlikely to be read to the end by your potential employer, so cut out irrelevant information and place an emphasis upon qualifications, skills, and experience that would be relevant to the job.

3. Be prepared to head back to school

To gain the job you’ve always wanted, you’ll have to be ambitious yet realistic too; there will be stiff competition for it, so you need something that’s going to make you stand out from the crowd. One thing you’ll certainly need is the qualification or qualifications that people within the job are expected to hold. If you feel that you didn’t do as well as you could have at high school or college, don’t panic, it’s not too late to do something about it. Many people find that they perform much better as mature students, and returning to college or university can help you gain qualifications that eluded you initially, and which in turn can help you seem much more attractive to potential employers.

4. Add personal skills that make you shine

As we’ve seen, educational attainment is vitally important, but it also helps when you have non-educational skills and experience that are relevant to the dream job you’re looking for. One great way to do this is to gain experience within the field, even if it’s not at the level that you wish to hold eventually. For example, you may dream of becoming a veterinary surgeon, so it would be useful to gain experience in this environment by working as an administrator or assistant for your local vet. Voluntary work can also be highly useful, particularly as it demonstrates to a potential employer that you have the ability and desire to work within your chosen sector.

5. Find your dream job

With a first-class resume in place, you’re ready to land your dream job, but first you have to find it. Check the situations vacant columns in your local and national papers regularly, but don’t be afraid to make speculative inquiries. If doing this, you should first call the reception of the company that you’re going to be writing to and find the name of the person in charge of human resources or recruitment. This allows you to personalize your correspondence, which makes it much more likely to be noticed and read. Your letter should be polite and positive, but not pushy. Explain why you’d love to work for the company, why this has always been your dream career, and why you’d be ideal for it.

Sending a speculative yet informed letter along with a well-produced resume can help you land your dream job before it’s advertised to the public. If you don’t hear back from the company immediately, don’t worry, they may be keeping your details on file in readiness for when a suitable vacancy arises. Stay positive, stay focused, and the job that you’ve always wanted could be yours sooner than you think.

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