Landing your dream job is as simple or as difficult as we decide it to be. You can feel afraid of changing into a new job because you don’t know what to do or you can be bold and take action.
I know this is a key area that can be frustrating when you want to land your dream job. Sometimes it feels like you are putting in so much effort to finding your dream job, but not making much progress.
So you know me, I’m all about shortcuts. Why reinvent the wheel when you can follow a step-by-step strategy that has worked time and time again for others?
Lets’s look into how to land your dream job in 5 simple steps.
STEP 1 | DON’T WAIT FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR, CREATE THE OPPORTUNITY YOURSELF
You can sit around waiting for the opportunity of your dreams to be handed to you, or you can go and create it.
You see, whatever you want in life, including landing your dream job, you have to go out and get yourself. What can you do today to add value to your current work? What can you see that needs to be fixed and only you can see a solution? Don’t wait for an opportunity to appear, create the opportunity yourself.
STEP 2 | BE BOLD, TAKE ACTION
Even if its just a baby step. If you take one baby step towards landing your dream job each day, that’s 365 days of doing something little, that will certainly add up to something amazing. Maybe it is reaching out to an old colleague, or updating your LinkedIn profile. No matter how small, be bold, even when you are unsure and take action.
STEP 3 | LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU ARE READY
Talk about wanting the next step in your career with your boss. Show them that you are willing to step-up and take on more responsibility and more projects to lead. Speak with your HR manager and see what opportunities there are in other parts of the business or even on your own. Once people know you are ready, they are likely to reach out to you and you are more likely to land your dream job.
STEP 4 | CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO NETWORK
This has always been a hard one for this shy girl from the country. It is said that those who you surround yourself with are the sum of your net worth. Challenge yourself to reach out to those who have what you want, the career you are after, the lifestyle you want or anything really. Speak to them and build solid relationships, ask them how they landed their dream job. You will be amazed by how much you will learn.
STEP 5 | CREATE A 3-YEAR CAREER PLAN
There is nothing like having a clear vision of where you want to go in order to land your dream job. Take the time to plan out where you want to be in your career in 3 years. Do you want to be a manager, or are you ready to take the next step and become a senior manager? What skills do you need first to be an ideal candidate for this role?
This goal setting workbook will help you get a clear vision.
Landing you dream job is really all about planning, taking bold action and creating opportunities. You are in charge of your destiny and you deserve a career you love.