Often times there are two types of jobs; the one you have and one you want to have.
Many people tend to get stuck in ‘real’ jobs they don’t see a future in because they hope it will bring them one step closer to their dream job, which will truly make them happy.
But what should they be actively doing in the meantime? Serious dream-job chasers need to have a clear vision of what they want and putting their efforts toward getting it.
In a 2013 FoxBusiness.com article, How to Get Your Dream Job Now, Amanda Augustine, job search expert at TheLadders, says “You definitely have to be a good student—subscribe to industry blogs, join relevant associations and membership organizations…Consider a modern day apprenticeship…or volunteering during weekends in the field so you can learn about the industry and day-to-day operations. This will help you build your network of relevant contacts.” She also recommends re-imaging your resume and online profile, as well as finding and filling gaps in your skill set you need to achieve your dream job.
Another article contributor, Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s career expert, recommends “connecting with people who have your dream job through LinkedIn or personal connections. Look at their career path, education and certifications. Talk to them and ask about their nine to five.”
With so many things you can do to work toward your dream job while you’re at your real job, there is no reason why you can’t start making your dream a reality. You may even discover that your dream job isn’t what you thought it would be. But it’s better knowing than always wondering and then you can start reevaluating what you truly want out of your career. Whatever the result, landing your dream job may be easier than you think. So stop waiting and start working for it.
What’s your dream job?