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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