7 steps to making your dream job a reality!

Work doesn’t have to be a drag. Find your dream job and start a new chapter in your life!

Everyone has a different idea of what their ‘dream job’ might be. For some it may be teaching people how to jump out of aeroplanes, while for others it may be making cakes for the queen. Perhaps you already have a clear vision of what you’d love to do but no idea how to find or secure such a role, or maybe you don’t even know where to begin. Either way, here are our top tips to landing your dream job!

  1. Think about what your dream job might be. If you haven’t really thought about it before, consider what you would find most inspiring and fulfilling in a job. Is there something you would do for free if you didn’t have bills to pay? Even if it doesn’t seem attainable, jot some ideas down so you can start building on them. Pray for inspiration and for the right leading in your job search.
  2. Weigh up your skills and experience. What do your natural talents lie? What relevant experience do you have? How do your personal values affect your job goals? Try to align the exciting roles you listed above with the skills and experience you have. Are there any crossovers? Any obvious paths you could take?
  3. Do some research. Find out what qualifications or experience you would need to land a job in your chosen field. Would you need to undertake some additional training or work experience? Do you have transferable skills? Could the experience you have open any doors?
  4. Network with like-minded people. It can really help to speak to people with similar goals and aspirations. Are there networking events you could attend that might encourage you and put you in touch with influential people? Could you use social media, for example LinkedIn to connect and interact?
  5. Start searching for jobs. There are plenty of websites out there advertising jobs, as well as local or national newspapers, so these are a good place to start. Try not to write yourself out of the running if you don’t immediately tick all the boxes. Perhaps you have other relevant skills or experience, or perhaps the employer has an alternative role for you. If you can’t find your dream job anywhere, why not send a CV and cover letter to a company or organisation you admire explaining what you would really love to do? If you don’t ask you don’t get,  and you never know where this might lead!
  6. Consider going self-employed. It might be that your dream job simply isn’t out there, or maybe it just makes more sense to go it alone. There is a growing community of self-employed people and plenty of advice is available if you are interested in working for yourself. There are unique challenges to being self-employed but there are also unique rewards, so weigh up the pros and cons before taking the plunge. For example, your salary may be lower or less constant but you might be able to choose your own hours.
  7. Don’t get discouraged. It’s unlikely that you will score your dream job overnight, but don’t give up. You may need to jump from stepping stone to stepping stone before finally arriving at your job of choice. Or perhaps you’ve started doing something you thought you would love only to find that you’re more suited to something else. Alternatively, your financial circumstances might be making you feel trapped and limited. Try to think as creatively as you can and remember that the best things come to those who wait. Keep knocking on doors until the right one opens, and set aside time to pray until that dream becomes a reality. And then keep praying as you start doing it!