3 Key Strategies to Get Your Dream Job

You’ve been working hard at unearthing and verbalizing your strengths and skills. You’ve imagined a clear picture of the job you would L-O-V-E to have. Now what? How do put yourself in a position to get that job?

When Ron first came to me, he had worked in sales for many years. What he really wanted to do was teach or train adults. He actually had some relevant experience, but it wasn’t the focus of his work history. So how could he make that sort of transition? How would Ron convince any hiring manager that he had the right skills?

I showed Ron 3 key strategies that would help him to make his transition. These 3 key strategies can also take you from job-fantasy to job-reality.

1. Begin with the end in mind.

Or at least a clear picture of the job you want. Ron looked up positions that interested him, even if they were half-way around the world. (Just because it’s not in your neighborhood today, doesn’t mean there won’t be a similar opening tomorrow.) He searched to find some job descriptions, anywhere in the real world, that resonated for him. Ron then made lots of notes about the key responsibilities, skills, and experience required for the jobs he was drawn to. He paid close attention to the specific words and phrases they use. Ron then used all of this information to write up his own ideal job description, one that was based in reality.

2. Update your job search materials to target the job you want.

Ron took his resume and cover letter. He also keeps a Master Accomplishments List (insert link to post), so he pulled that out too. Ron then put these materials side by side with his ideal job description and his notes of key responsibilities, skills, and required experience. Then he updated his resume with descriptions of responsibilities and accomplishments that aligned with his target job. He rewrote portions of his resume, replacing old accomplishments with new ones that were more relevant to the position he wanted. He also added a few new responsibilities to show he had the right experience. Ron reviewed all his paper and online job search materials to make sure everything was now targeted at his new dream job.

3. Target your search.

At this point, Ron was ready to search for companies in his area that might have the type of position he wanted (even if it wasn’t open right now). He made a list of companies to target for potential employment. And then he told the people in his network that he was now actively looking for a training position. He targeted sales training and insurance training – since those were the industries he knew best. He asked for their help to find his dream job.

If this sounds like a lot of work to you, you’re right, it is. But we are talking about going after your dream job here. Isn’t that worth the extra effort? It was for Ron. And he is now happily employed in a job he loves, and is on a new career path.

Have you begun to search for your dream job? What are you looking for? How can we help you find it?

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Client Stories

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?

I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?

Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit me...it was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?

Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing Sherlock...to be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.


Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA