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Unconventional Tips to Help Score Your Dream Job

posted: 04/30/18
by: Kristine Boyd

 

There are jobs that we take to pay the bills and then there are jobs we take because it is our passion. If your sitting is your desk day-dreaming of what it would be like to finally start your own catering business or take the first steps in writing a book, then why wait? It's time to put fears aside and totally go for that dream job you have always wanted. The pleasure of waking up happy to go to work and follow your passion will be worth the wait. Here are some unique tips to help score your dream job!

  1. Get REALLY honest with yourself

The first, and most important, step to this journey is to get really honest with yourself. Sit down and truly think about what your dream job is. Maybe you have always wanted to be a chef and you know that is your dream career. However, if you also know that you don't like long hours or late nights, maybe you want to change that position to a caterer or work for a popular food blog. Getting really honest with yourself at the beginning will save you a lot of time in the long run.

  1. Dream big, start small

When people get inspired to finally take on the challenge of finding their dream career, often they have the mentality of "go big, or go home" where they want to work for the best of the best and skip the middle ground. While it is important to dream big and set large goals for yourself, it is valuable to start small. If you want to quit your day job and become an investigative journalist, your first reaction is probably to start applying to all the major newspapers and magazines. However, if you're just getting into the industry, it would be beneficial to start local and cover some town news first. Starting small will help you to get your foot in the door, gain some experience and not get discouraged easily.

  1. Think outside of your resume

Don't get me wrong, resumes are important. It is the first thing that employers will see, and you want to make it represent you in the best possible way. But you also want to think about things like portfolios, social media platforms and networks. If you have an impressive resume, stellar portfolio plus social media platforms that represent who you are, employers will really get to know you. You should also be thinking about possible networks that could help give you a recommendation. Maybe your sister-in-law knows someone who works at concert venues who could help you get that first singing gig. You never know who could help you!

  1. Be the wolf, not the sheep

When trying to make yourself stand out, remember not to be a follower. We are living in the most competitive job market in history. The saturation of people applying for jobs can be enough for anyone to throw in the towel. But if you can learn to not be a sheep and make your own path, you will be able to easily stand out amongst others. Whether it's as big as landing a referral or something simple like making a connection with the interviewer, find what makes you unique and run with it.

  1. Take breaks

Applying for jobs is way more complicated than just submitting a resume to 50 companies and then kicking your feet back waiting for replies. Each application takes time, thought and concentration. Don't try to do it all at once. It is so important to take breaks and let yourself breathe and reevaluate. Apply to a few at a time and wait, then repeat that process over again. If you try to have a steady stream of applications be sent, you are likely to get burnt out and decide to stay in your comfort zone. To avoid this, remember to take breaks and the right job will come!

Since work is a part of our everyday lives, you might as well make it something you love. The joy of having a career that makes you happy and want to jump out of bed in the morning is the ultimate goal. It may happen overnight, or it may take years, but it will always be worth it! Check out the 9 best jobs for stay at home moms!