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

 I was looking to make large changes in my life, both job and city.  I was a happy midwestern resident for nearly 30 years but wanted to see what life on a coast was like and get a dream job.  This was a tall order and going into it I thought I would have to make large compromises on parts of my dreams to get any of it.  

I went to Lori to help me achieve these dreams.  It was the best decision I made.

She focused on two things right out of the gate:
  1. clarify my goals, both personal and professional
  2. get me to stop selling myself short

These twin achievements allowed me to approach my hunt with confidence, patience and focus.  My original dream job was to try and combine my technical joys with a personal one.  I enjoy large scale data processing with cutting edge tools, music and baseball.  Through the tools Lori taught me and helped me unearth in myself I got that gig that would have fallen into day dream territory before our work together.  

And yeah, there's platinum records on the walls of my lobby and I have tons of data to process.

Pat Christopher, Intelligence Engineer, Seattle, WA