Remember when you were just a geeky high school student, and everyone would ask you, what do you want to be when you grow up? Your answers were occupations like, a baseball player, an astronaut, a veterinarian, even President of the United States. Then we all grew up to work in cubicles and stare at computer screens. Not exactly your dream job. However it’s not too late and it’s not impossible to still reach for your dream job. But it’s going to take some work. Maybe your dream job has changed, or maybe you’re still trying to figure out exactly what that dream job is. Either way, here are some tips for the dream job seeker in you.
First of all, if you’re not sure exactly what your dream job is, I suggest you start making a list of what you love to do. From there, number each of them. Ask yourself, how well do you love to do each item on your list? Next, you’re going to need to put them in order. Then take the list and think about corresponding professions. While you may love to watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians, it probably isn’t going to turn into a full time profession. Try to focus on something that you can really see yourself earning a living at and loving.
This next step is the tough question. Is it realistic for you?
Playing in the NBA with Kobe Bryant is going to be tough to pull off. (Although for some, this dream will definitely come true.) However, being a sports writer that covers the Lakers might be something you’d be good at and is actually attainable. Once you’ve decided what’s realistic and what isn’t, you’ll need to decide what you need to do to get there. Does this job require a degree? Do you need to get more experience in your related field? If you’re not sure exactly how one becomes *insert dream profession here*… you’ll need to start your research.
Researching your dream job can start as simply as putting in a search term in Google. It may mean you need to hit up your local book store or library. Something else you may want to consider is finding a career counselor to refer you to someone in the industry you can talk to. Drawing off of someone’s personal experiences is priceless. There are career counselors at most schools. If you’ve been out of school for a while, try organizations like S.C.O.R.E. for entrepreneurs. Or look up your local career counseling center. There are tons located all over the U.S. Once again, there are lots of great resources out there, you just need to find them and take advantage of what they have to offer.
This next step is easy. After your research is done, find someone successful in the same field you want to emulate. Perhaps they have the dream resume to your dream career. If you’re thinking of fashion, it could be Marc Jacobs, or for business, it could be Rob Drydek (yep, he’s a crazy good businessman). You don’t need to meet this person, you don’t need to ever speak to them and you don’t need to be “just like them”. Remember this is YOUR dream job, not someone else’s. What you need to do is find out how they got to where they are, and set similar goals that pertain to you. And yes, the next step is to write them down and keep track of your progress.
The last thing to remember is to not be your own dream killer. If you tell yourself, it’s an unachievable dream, it’s going to be. Always stay positive, and stay focused.
The bottom line is that landing your dream job isn’t impossible, but it isn’t going to happen overnight either. You’re going to have to work at it, set goals and be realistic. Understand that it takes time to reach goals and to get where you want to be. And in time, you’ll see your dream job is just around the corner.
Rebekah Cockrell is a Community and Marketing Manager for CreateBetterResumes.com. CreateBetterResumes.com was founded with the purpose of making it easy for everyone to have a compelling results driven resume using our signature phrase building technology.