How to Land Your Dream Job

Many of us are working jobs we don’t really like because it pays well or because of circumstance. Many of us are juggling so many commitments that we feel trapped to stay on where we are. In some cases, now would be a truly bad time to leave your job, maybe you’re supporting and ill relative or have mounds of debt. However, for the vast majority of people who are stuck in jobs they don’t like, you can leave – the only thing stopping yourself is “YOU”.

Landing your dream job is not impossible, you need to first figure out what your dream job would be. Maybe you’ve always wanted to be an engineer, or perhaps a teacher, maybe something to do with helping people, like a social worker. Whatever your heart desires is likely possible. If you’re dreaming about being an actor, singer or anything in the entertainment industry you really need to ask yourself whether you are exceptional (and maybe get a second opinion, too). These industries are completely saturated with people who are chasing this dream too, but if you really believe in your talent and have enough to take you there – go for it. There’s no better time than now to search for the best companies to work for in New York City.

Figure out whether you need to study more
If you’ve been working your whole life as a painter and decide to transfer to becoming an engineer, chance are you wont be able to just walk into the job – you’ll have to study. Courses vary from one year in duration, to 4-5 years in length. If your change in career will require some extra study, look into how long it will take and how much money it will cost. Bare in mind that there are a lot of scholarships available, but you’ll never get them if you don’t apply. Maybe people are apprehensive about returning to university as an adult, especially if they’ve not been before, but lots of people return to study as an adult, it’s really no big deal.

Research who you’d like to work for
Perhaps there is a company that has caught your attention and you’d really like to work for. See if you can intern there for a while and do some work experience to get a feel for the organisation and to let them know about you and what you have to offer. It is a great idea to have an end goal in mind, but do be open to other companies that you might not have heard of because they might have something special to offer you too.

Ask around
It is often our “weak connection” friends that help us get jobs, such as friends of friends or those friends we only bump into every few years. Posting about leads on Facebook, asking around to friends, and just generally talking about what you want is a great way to get the word out and to find yourself in a great position.

Often finding your dream job involves a few big leaps of faith, which seem scary at the time. Trust in yourself and your ability to make your life whatever you desire. It is possible to have your dream job, as long as you’re prepared to work for it.

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