8 Tips to Land Your Dream Job
If you believe the doomsday prophets and the naysayers, you have no chance of landing a dream job within the first five years after graduating from college. This kind of sensationalized approach to a generational problem is not only inaccurate, it has a downward pull on graduate motivation and optimism. If you’re going to land your dream job, you need to set the statistics aside, set your sights on the future, and determine to get ahead quickly.
It’s possible to land your dream job right out of college. Doing so takes a lot of hard work, some knowledge of workforce tactics, a good handle on the job marketplace, and even a little bit of luck.
8 Tips to Land Your Dream Job
If you want to land that dream job, here are some things you’re going to need to do:
Dream Job Tip #1
Target specific positions at specific companies. This is going to require you to do some legwork. You’re going have to make some phone calls, do some reading, and maybe even become a bit of a Facebook or LinkedIn snoop. Figure out what position it is that you want. Even if there’s already someone in that position, identifying what it is will help you as you develop your resume and your job pitch.
Dream Job Tip #2
Forget geographic limitations. If you’re single and don’t have kids, you’ve got a lot more flexibility than the guy with an infant son and a wife. If you really want to land that dream job, there’s a good possibility you’re going to have to go somewhere else to do it. For example, if you want to work in finance, you’re probably going to need to go to New York, Chicago, or San Francisco. If you want to work in Tech, Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham have been hot for the past few years. If you’re willing to take a job in Alaska or Texas, you’re more likely to get hired.
Dream Job Tip #3
Learn to master the interview. If you’re one of the lucky ones that gets an interview, you need to make it perfect. Dress to succeed. Have a positive attitude. Develop nonverbal communications skills like mirroring and matching. Beyond all of that, however, you need to be honest and authentic. Employers know when someone who’s fresh out of school is embellishing. Be honest about your limitations, but then demonstrate your desire to overcome them by working hard.
Dream Job Tip #4
Don’t beg. You don’t need a job. You need a few basic things like food, water, and shelter. But you don’t need a job. If a company isn’t the right fit even though it seems like your dream job, it’s time to move along.
Dream Job Tip #5
Ask questions. Gather all of the information you can. This goes for before, during, and after the interview. Don’t ask questions about benefits or pay on the first interview; if it’s truly your dream job, those things will work themselves out later on. Get the interviewer to talk as much as possible, and consider taking notes.
Dream Job Tip #6
Don’t make assumptions. You might get the impression from the start of the interview that the position has already been filled, and that the interviewer is just going through the motions. You might be dead wrong. On the other hand, the position could be filled, and the candidate could fail within a few weeks. You want to be next on the list.
Dream Job Tip #7
Don’t be afraid to take an internship. Because of the lagging job market, the fact is that your dream job might just already be filled. That doesn’t mean you give up; you need to stay as close to that dream job as you can. Consider doing an unpaid internship in order to build up significant experience, and maybe even get your foot in the door when a position does open up.
Dream Job Tip #8
Rely on your network. Your professional network is probably pretty small when you’re still in school, but it’s growing. Talk to those professors with whom you have rapport about identifying leads. Ask for introductions to key players that they may know. Get your name out there by connecting with your network via social media. LinkedIn has led to more than one recent graduate getting a dream job offer.
Getting your dream job takes patience, but more than that it takes dedication. Don’t let yourself languish in a dead-end position while you wait for a dream job to open up. Chances are that, by the time it does, you will have lost that passion. Stick to it, and don’t stop until you’ve got the job you want.
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Dominick Frasso is the SEO/SEM Specialist at Vistage International, an executive coaching organization that helps CEO members build better companies through unique executive development opportunities. In order to provide a powerful learning environment for members, Vistage identifies qualified mentors seeking CEO jobs and positions them as leaders of CEOpeer groups. Dominick leverages his experience in multiple marketing roles, including advertising, media buys, direct mail, email, marketing analytics, and SEO / SEM to help Vistage acquire qualified Chairs and recruit members with a high potential for success in the program.