Dream On: How to Keep Your Dream Job in Sight

by on March 7th, 2015
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As a child, do you remember being asked what you wanted to be when you grew up? Some kids may have answered “pilot” or “ballerina,” others came up with “truck driver” or “the president.” Back then, anything was possible. We could become anything we wanted to be.

Now, we’re grown up and working, but the question still stands: what do you want to be when you grow up? What is your dream job?

While you might not ever become the president or a prima ballerina, your dream job is still worth exploring and pursuing.

When it’s not in reach…

There’s a reason why it’s called your “dream” job, not your current job. Depending on where you are in your career, that dream job could require an additional skill or several more years of experience. Whatever the case may be, your dream job doesn’t have to be in reach to keep it in your sights.

Find a path

If you are serious about your dream job, figure out the quickest path for you. Do you need an additional degree or certification? What about additional years of experience? Make a list of these requirements and make a realistic timeline to achieve them.

It’s up to you how close you stick to your career path. It’s okay to meander; after all, you’re the one in charge! Also, don’t be afraid to edit your path when different opportunities come up. Being well-rounded is important, and keeping an open mind just might expose you to a new dream job that you had not yet considered.

Stay connected

If you want to land your dream job, you need to be in the know. Keep tabs on how the company and industry is evolving, because your dream job is in the balance.

Thanks to social media, staying connected with your dream job and company is easier than ever. Follow the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and career networking sites while also connecting with employees and decision-makers.

Believe in yourself

Last but not least, stay positive and stay the course. Sometimes, the biggest obstacle to achieving your dream job will be yourself. You might not be as close as you’d like to be to your dream job, but getting down on yourself will only make things worse.

If you feel that you are drifting, reevaluate your path and remind yourself that you are making progress.

What do you think? What else should job seekers do to keep their dream job in sight? When should a job seeker look for another opportunity? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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