To say you have – in your mind – a Dream Job seems to bring with it the negative connotation that you are either deluded, naive, overly-ambitious or (if you’re particularly lucky) perhaps a healthy combination of the three. Yet, people I meet are constantly telling me that they have settled into the job they’ve been searching for for years or dreaming of since they were young. Just how the hell do they do it?! Using the tips I’ve gleaned from various people who are doing what they want they’ve always wanted to, I’ve compiled five tips on how to go about finding your perfect job.
1: Be Proactive
Gone are the days when intelligent graduates leave university and are plucked up by an industry searching specifically for them. If you have the idea in your head that the job you want is going to come looking for you then you’re very wrong. Having said that, there are ways of being headhunted in a pro active way. Many modern job sites offer functions which allow you to advertise your skill on there so that employers find you before they advertise a role. On a smaller scale, simply having your CV (or examples of your work if you’re in a creative field like art, journalism or the media) online can do wonders. I have been offered a job based purely on my LinkedIn account so even if it’s unlikely, it can happen.
Although there is less nepotism out there these days (massive scale recruitment and equality laws have stamped some of it it out) it still pays dividends to go and meet people who are in your desired field of business. Even if they don’t give you a job they can give you advice on how they got into the business, tips to help you do the job you want and even help you out if they know about any vacancies. To get my first job in journalism I got in touch with the editor of a section I was interested and had a chat about the business. A month later a job in his section was advertised and I got it. If it’s coincidence then I’d be very surprised.
3: Look for Hidden Jobs
You want to get in to work for the biggest companies and organisations? Most offer internships in some way, shape or form which are fantastic ways to get in but the best way to get there is by going down “the path less trodden”. Try small roles at small companies, they may be easier to get into and are likely to have far fewer applicants. And, if you can, try and avoid always searching through Job sites, most are excellent and comprehensive but they still don’t have all the jobs on offer. If you know someone in the business it can really help you get a job before it’s advertised and avoid thousands of competing, job hungry applicants.
4: Keep Positive
Keep searching and remain positive, remember you want to seem like the most excited and optimistic person when you’re interviewed. If you’ve given up hope you’ll never convey the right image you want to. You will face rejection and you will be disappointed on a number of occasions (the interview stage can be particularly devastating if you never progress past it) but don’t give up, learn from the mistakes you make. If you can, try and find out why you were rejected after an interview; it’s cheeky but it can make you look great and help you out. You never know, a plucky rejectee may stick in an employer’s head for future vacancies…
5: WORK HARD
It goes without saying that to get a job you have to work damned hard, not just when you get it but to get it. D’you think you’ll get the job you want by settling and hoping for a promotion? Do you think you’ll get it by applying to just the one thing you want and nothing else? If you get in then boy will you be lucky but the reality is that you won’t get in and the longer you put off applying for anywhere you want to work the worse your application will look. Employers don’t want someone who has sat around watching Netflix originals for the last few months, they want someone who has applied everywhere and kept applying regardless of success.
In short, try and apply yourself and some of these tips could help you get where you want!