We all have a dream job. The job we’d do anything for.
We dream of spending our life pursuing our deepest passions. Some of us dream of being a sports presenter, or a chocolatier, or perhaps a food critic. I know I do. But getting there seems impossible, right? There are a million reasons holding us back. I don’t have what it takes. It’s too big of a risk. How can I stand out from the thousands of others who want the same thing?
Well, I’m here to tell you it’s not as hard as you think.
By the time you finish reading this, you’ll be three steps closer to getting the job of your dreams. And I say this with confidence, because I got my dream job. Without even being hired.
And I’m going to explain to you how. It’s a simple formula really. All it takes is a little courage, a positive attitude, and maybe a bit of dumb luck.
The story goes like this:
A new company was opening in my city. It was an up-and-coming business. The job I wanted with this company would have a flexible schedule and the potential to earn a solid income. What more could a college student want? The only problem was, I had missed the deadline to apply.
A few of my friends had been hired by this company and they were quick to inform me that I had absolutely no chance. Interviews were closed and the orientation was already scheduled for the following week.
But this was my dream job! I couldn’t sit back and watch it slip through my fingers.
Naturally, I figured my best bet was to just show up at the orientation. Surely, I could find the person I needed to talk to and convince them to at least give me an interview.
I woke on the morning of orientation and I got ready, like I was showing up for my first day on the job.
I walked into the foyer and saw other employees standing around, waiting patiently for their training to begin. Best if I just wait with them.
When a manager finally came to greet us, I noticed he had a clip board in hand. He began asking people their names, ticking them off the list as he went. After each person’s name was ticked, he went through, per the manager’s instructions.
A slow trickle of people arrived as he went through his list. Now it was my turn –
“What’s your name?”
“Hmm, I don’t see you here.” Now was my opportunity to give my spiel!
“Oh, right. Well, maybe you can help-”
“We’ll just sort it out later, go on through.” Sure thing, will do.
He was so eager to move the line along, he pushed through the process without giving me a chance to explain my situation.
When all the employees had arrived orientation began. I sat there listening about the roles, like everyone else. Then came time for the ice breaker: tell the room a few random facts about yourself. Oh, no. Now they’ll realize they’ve never met me before.
I kept it as general as possible. If I answered with too much detail I would have definitely given myself away. After my turn, it appeared none of the managers took any notice that I didn’t belong.
Then came time for forms. Ah, forms. They have no forms for me.
“Sorry, Amanda. It seems that your forms have gone missing. Do you mind filling them out again?”
“Okay. Actually, about that . . .”
“Just a minute, I’ll be back.”
Sure, no problem. Happy to fill out the forms.
Again, I wasn’t given the opportunity to ask about a job. The job was just handed to me. After that, I was in. The managers had it in their mind I was the girl for the job. And who was I to argue that?
So, with my grassroots experience at securing amazing jobs, I would like to share with you three simple steps that will put you closer to getting the job of your dreams. Now, in all seriousness, getting your dream job will likely take a lot of effort on your part. But there is attitude you can adapt, like the one I had in that ridiculous story, that will help you get where you want to be.
- Fit the part: You have to put in the effort. Do your research. Get the necessary qualifications. Know what is required and do everything you can to meet the criteria. If it’s your dream, all the effort will be worth it.
- Think on your feet: Go with the flow. Whatever is thrown at you, take it and run with it. You may have the preconceived idea you’re not good at it, but you can train yourself to be adaptable.
- Take a risk: Sometimes you have to put yourself out there. Like I did. Sure, I had that nervous feeling in my tummy when I turned up that morning, but it paid off! If the thought of stepping out scares you, it’s a good indication that you should probably do it. You never know, you might just nail it.
And in the end, if you don’t get the job, don’t give up. As Winston Churchill said, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” If you hit a nail enough times, it will go through the wood. Best of luck to you.