How to Find Your Dream Job Part 2

Do you think you are ready to find your dream job?  Your dream job is not some “pie-in-the-sky” wish.  You really can find your dream job.

If you haven’t answered the four critical questions to find your dream job, go read this post. Now that you’ve done that, let’s take a look at your next steps.

Step #1: Identify 25-30 companies that you would love to work for.

Get on the internet.  Go to the library.  Go to your local chamber of commerce, and gather a list of 25-30 companies that you would like to work for.  There are so many great resources that allow you to filter your list down by location, industry, company size, etc.

Once you’ve compiled your list, dig a little deeper to identify who the hiring manager might be. You want to make sure you know who it is that would actually hire you.  One word of caution: if you are targeting a large company that employs at least 1,000 people, this could be challenging.

Oftentimes, large companies allow their managers to do the hiring directly (even if the HR team actually completes the paperwork).  So, if that’s the case, I believe your best strategy is to ask yourself who do you know that works at the company.

An employee of the company can either find out who the hiring manager is for the department or at least the best way to get your foot in the door.

Step #2: Contact the hiring managers.

In Dan Miller’s 48 Days to the Work You Love book, one of Dan’s strategies is to send the hiring managers an introduction letter that tells the company who you are, what skills you have, and that you will be sending them your cover letter and resume in a week.

This is so unconventional from a traditional job search that it actually works!  I have done this twice in my career, and it really helps me know who I am and get something in front of a hiring manager that is different.

Dan Miller encourages his readers to make the introduction letter personal but also selling.  It needs to include who you are, what you can bring to their company, and why you want to work there.

Once you have those parts, include a sentence that says something like, “Please expect my cover letter and resume in two weeks.”  Even if the hiring manager takes 30 seconds to read this and then tosses it in the trash, he still may remember you when you do in fact send your cover letter and resume later.

This works! Ask me about my experience, and I’d love to share it with you!

Step #3: Send your cover letters and resumes and follow up with a phone call.

Think about your job search as a way to sell yourself.  You make your initial contact that is light but lets them know you are interested (introduction letter).

Then, you send your cover letter and resume when you said you would.  And in that cover letter, guess what you are going to tell them?  Tell them to expect your phone call on a specific date!

Phone call?  Really?  Yes!  Your chances of being interviewed for any position no matter how you apply go up dramatically if you simply follow up consistently with a phone call.

Let me be honest, I was terrified of doing the phone calls!  I hated it, but I did it anyway because I wanted better results than I was getting.

So what kind of results do you get from these phone calls?  You get “no” answers, you get secretaries, you get managers who are mad you called, but you get a few who are amazed and intrigued by your strategy to get their attention.

Step #4: Read and listen to positive, encouraging things.

When we are not in our dream job or environment it becomes easy to weigh ourselves down with negative thoughts and attitudes.  This is why it is crucial that we read uplifting books and listen to encouraging music and messages.

Let’s face it, we are bombarded every day with so many negative stories and thoughts that we begin to think life is hopeless. If you are searching for a job, do not listen to the “statistics” that say only certain companies will hire or that “nobody is hiring.”

Those statements are simply not true!  Companies may not advertise it, but they are begging for strong talent that will positively influence their businesses.

Surround yourself with positive people and message so that you are encouraged and display an optimism about life.

Finding your dream job isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it.  What if it takes you 20 years and 5 different jobs before you finally find it?  The time is going to pass anyway, so why not take that next step in your career journey to finding your fit?

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. – Romans 15:13 NLT


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