August 24, 2014

Trouble Landing Your Dream Job? Here’s What To Do.

We want you to find your dream job. That’s why the JobMonkey’s Industry Guides, Blog, and Job Board are available to you 24/7. Unfortunately, landing your dream job is often harder than we want it to be. Don’t let it discourage you because we have a solution for you.

There are plenty of reasons why you might not have gotten your dream job. Maybe the company isn’t hiring? Do you need to develop a different skill set? Is a valid work visa required? Was your resume up to the test? Was the recruiter shocked when they Googled you? Or maybe you don’t even know what your dream job is yet!?

The point is that there are so many variables that come into play when applying for a job. Do your best to cover all the details and present yourself in the best light possible. Sometimes things don’t work out.

It’s important to stay positive if you don’t land your dream job. Here are a few great alternatives courtesy of  The Muse that will help you get hired for your dream job in the future:

  • Get A Mentor – A mentor can help set you on the right career track. Once they get to know you they can help you determine your strengths and weaknesses. That, combined with the mentor’s personal experiences, can help you develop yourself into the person that your dream job wants you to be.
  • Develop Your Skills – Never stop learning. Learning new things helps you thrive as a professional. Always seek out the latest and greatest news in your industry. This is key if you want to be a respected professional in your niche.
  • Make Connections – Life is all about who you know. (We say this a lot because it’s true.) The more people you meet and the more relationships you develop the better your chances of making a professional connection to your dream job. The right reference, name drop, or phone call can make a world of difference in your job search.
  • Gain Experience – Sometimes you have to work your way up to the position of your dreams. Get your foot in the door and prove that you are a qualified and capable individual. Once you’re in the system, it’s easier to climb the ladder.
  • Embrace A Culture or Lifestyle – If you can’t get paid to do exactly what you want, then try to find a job where you want to be. If you end up in the right place surrounded by the right people, you’ll have a better shot at happiness.

You can treat these as stepping stones to your success. If you truly want to find your dream job, then it’s up to you to take the necessary steps to get hired. Sometimes your professional path can take you on a circuitous route. Embrace the journey and see where life takes you. Find a job where you continue to develop your skills, connections, and experience. It may lead you back to your original dream job or it may take you someplace you didn’t even know existed.

Landing your dream job is a mission, but if you are determined, anything is possible. Are you ready?

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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