7 Steps to Finding Your Dream Job

Dream jobFinding your dream job is not just about landing the next best job available out there. It is about finding the right career opportunity that aligns with your personal goals. According to Forbes, the average working professional can end up with up to 15 to 20 jobs in their whole life time. However, candidates who decide to make a job switch simply based on their notions about the said job role tend to regret at worst or remain unsure at best. Many employees consider quitting their jobs as soon as the honeymoon phase of the new job is over. Randstad US conducted a study to reveal the top reasons why employees quit or consider quitting their jobs. The top reasons cited in the survey were:

 

  • Under-utilization of skills and abilities (69%)
  • Companies viewing revenue more important how employees are treated (59%)
  • Companies not having enough growth opportunities (58%)
  • To take career to the next level (57%)

 It is therefore prudent to base your career decision on your core interests and thorough research, in order to find roles that are fulfilling.
Finding the right role requires some prep work on the part of the candidate. Here are seven steps that can help you find your dream job.

  1. Analyse your ambitions
  2. The most crucial step towards discovering which career and occupation can lead you to your dream job is to figure where your interests and ambitions lie. Often, young professions fall prey to the herd mentality or false comparisons while deciding on their career. In order to know what ‘your’ dream job is, it is important that you figure it out based on your motivation and interests. Understanding and figuring out the kind of work that you like to be a part of, projects that you like to take ownership of, tasks that don’t tire you despite long hours, can all nudge you gently in the direction of your dream job.

  3. Evaluate your experience and strengths
  4. Once you have figured out your interests, it is always good to ascertain your knowledge and capabilities in that area in an objective manner. Whether it’s something you have some experience in or something that you need to learn from scratch, it is advisable that you know where you stand. You can use tools such as psychometric tests, skill assessment tests, workshops, etc. to do a clear and objective analysis of your skills and abilities. You can analyse the results to see where you stand and seek further training and certification to acquire the skills you are lacking to do well in your career of choice.

  5. Discuss with professionals in the field you aspire to work in  
  6. To know what a job role really entails or what a typical day on a job really looks, talk to professionals experienced in that field of work. Job descriptions and hiring managers can give you some idea about a particular job, but the way to get deeper insights into the responsibilities related to the profile is to connect with people who have performed the same role.

  7. Build your resume in line with the jobs you are targeting
  8. A resume cannot be one-size-fits-all. You must prepare your resume keeping in mind the requirements of the job you are applying for and the recruiter who will be reading it. The idea is to highlight your experience and strengths that are in line with the job role and the job description. Crafting the resume correctly is crucial to landing you the job you are applying for.

  9. Check listings in the career of your choice
  10. Do an online search of job postings in the career of your choice. You might be surprised at the number of varying names and job descriptions for similar or related job profiles. Check the requirements for those profiles and see if you fit the criteria right away or if you need to prepare for a few things in advance. You can also check the location of the job openings to see if specific jobs are more in demand in a particular city or if there are any specific hiring criteria for certain job roles.

  11. Follow the employer brands you are interested in
  12. Having an online presence is a must for candidates in this time and age. Social media has become a huge facilitator in helping people connect not just socially, but professionally as well. Companies and strong employer brands often come up with unique online campaigns to hire and seek new talent. Having a strong social media presence, specifically on channels pertaining to your line of career, is critical to staying up to date about new job opportunities. You can be proactive by following the accounts and updates from leading companies on different online platforms. It is also recommended that you keep your profile updated on job portals such LinkedIn, Indeed Jobs, etc.

  13. Set up job alerts
  14. Job alertSearching for a new job can take up a lot of time, however, there are a few hacks that can save you all that effort. Setting up job alerts is one of them. Look for specific key words related to the job role you are interested in or the skills required for the role e.g. content writer, content developer, blog writer, editor, etc. can all be used for different profiles related to content. You must try different combinations of keywords used in job titles posted in different locations and by different companies. Knowing the right search words for specific job roles and setting job alerts accordingly will fetch you notifications for more desired job roles.

Placing more emphasis on what are your ambitions and how you want to shape your career than the immediate perks/benefits that a job can offer will bring you long term results. Combine this mindset with research on opportunities around you, and you are likely to find the job of your dreams.