May 4th is known in pop culture as Star Wars Day (May the fourth….may the Force…get it?). But do you have to use the Force to get your dream job? Well, it certainly couldn’t hurt to conjure up some Jedi power. But you can also boost your odds of success with these simple tips.
How Will the Force Help You Get Your Dream Job?
Maybe you already have a certain job in mind, perhaps even at a specific company. But for many of us, our dreams are more nebulous. Narrow your focus by defining your dream job as specifically as possible. Assess your values, your working style, and your life’s passions. Figure out where your skills and interests overlap. Think through the hours you like to keep, what time of day you are most productive, and the type of work culture that best suits you. Then do a lot of research to figure out what job most closely maps to everything you’ve discovered about yourself.
Put One Foot in Front of the Other
It could take some time to find and land the position that is truly your dream job. But that doesn’t mean you should stay stuck in the meantime. Maybe the role requires more education. Perhaps you can gain experience in your chosen industry but in a different specific position. Map out a plan to get you from here to there, and then do at least one small thing each day toward achieving your goal.
Network, Network, and Network Some More
Your network is more than just a group of friends. It’s also your ticket to your dream job. A referral from a current employee, or someone known personally to the hiring manager, can dramatically boost your chances of being hired. So take the time to build and cultivate your network. And always remember that your network consists of human beings. If you only show up when you want something, like a referral, you’re not likely to get what you want. Put some real effort into developing bonds.
Getting real with yourself can be tough. But it’s also the best way to ultimately land your dream job. Honestly assess your strengths and weaknesses. What’s holding you back, and what could propel you forward? Next, create a plan to make the most of your strengths and improve your weaker areas. Maybe you need a public speaking class or a credential to prove your talents or some professional advice on your resume. The more self-development you do, the more ready you’ll be when your dream job opens up.