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Finding Your Dream Job

By Johnny VPublished 9 months ago Updated 9 months ago 10 min read
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Introduction

Let’s face it, not everyone has a dream job or wants to work nor do they want a career of working 9 to 5 for next 35 plus years of their life at a dead end job of being unhappy. The days of wanting to climb the corporate ladder and having a stable job in the workplace hardly exists anymore and is becoming less important. But, there are some workplaces where job stability, longevity and continued productivity have become the norm. In today's current market, there is instability in the corporate job market as well as the public job market with layoffs, high turnover and management instability. The ‘me-first’ movement has overtaken the conscious of current generations. The internet along with social media has created an ideology of brand entrepreneurialism where social influencers, scam artists and anyone with a convincing idea could make thousands of dollars and be rich. Nowadays, everyone wants views, likes and followers just to live the impossible dream and no one wants to work for anyone but themselves. Corporations are scrambling for new employees as the workplace begins to shrink and the ever growing 'I Don't Want To Work' attitude takes hold on the minds of future workers. The shifting and changing identity of the workplace environment has morphed into a workplace where job stability, accountability, productivity have become less focused on within the workplace but the importance of social responsibility, diversity and the establishment of a work + life balance among the company’s employees has become the primary focus. Their focus on making employees happy in order to increase productivity and longevity has become the corporate mantra.

The prior generations who have already climbed the corporate ladder, developed their career, built 401k nest egg retirement accounts and who have been able to adapt to the changes are now facing towards the end of their employee lifecycle - retirement. But, there is still hope for the few out there who are still willing to work, climb the corporate ladder, be productive, be happy, love their stable job and have a career in their dream job. If you are entering the workforce for the first time or you are currently working at a dead end job and want to find your dream job then this article is for you. I looked at my past experiences and wanted to write an article to be used as a guide for those who want to know what it takes to find their dream job.

Build Your Network

Networking can be very beneficial to someone that is seeking employment. In order to have a great network, you have to build it by creating a list of your past employers, past co-workers and or friends or relatives. Always keep in mind the people who have crossed your path thru your childhood or your work as a resource. Create a profile on Linkedin (if you don't have one already) to get started. Your network is what connects your resume to the people who know about your work ethic, work habits and skill sets. Networks are there to validate who you are as person and they can be a valuable asset.

Building Your Work Experience

Building your work experience is important in getting the job you really want and establishing yourself in your career. When it comes to the process of job hunting, you will need to establish a work history. A work history is list of employers you have worked for within a certain time period. Your skill set can be completely different from job to job. In many cases, a work history lasting 3-5 years is usually the standard. Not everyone will have the same number of years of work experience as you. Some individuals may have only one year or less whereas others may have 5-10 years.

It’s important to have a variety of work experiences with different employers. If you had a job as a teenager working in retail, the experience you can gain from it would be marketing or customer service skills. Another example would be if you had a job performing landscaping, then the experience you gain from that is a productivity or team building skill. In order to get to the next step of building your resume you'll need to get as much experience as possible, whether it's learning new skills, working with people or mastering a process. These work experiences are an important part of your learning process to build your work history experience.

Writing Your Resume

The process of writing your resume is a tedious task. You can do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you. There are online companies or freelancers that provide services at a cost. But, if you decide to create it yourself there are templates you can use within any word processing application such as Word, Google Docs etc. The templates vary in different styles, formatting, structure etc.

Standard resumes are usually broken down in sections: Contact Information, Objective, Experience, Education, Skills. A resume that is one page in length is ideal if you are sending your resume to different companies. You want a resume that is concise, to the point and contains career highlights. You want to make your resume stand out from the others, therefore you want to use short concise descriptions of your job using words such as analyze, perform, develop, design, document, implement, interpret, communicate, maintain, monitor, compiled,results driven. A resume that is long (more than 2 pages) is not necessary as it could be overwhelming for the reader to absorb and remember all the information. You have to remember that human resources or the hiring manager do not want to read a resume that basically describes your various skill sets in a long paragraph form. Always have your resume typed and spellchecked. You never want to send in a resume that looks like it was written by a fifth grader with misspelled words and incorrect vocabulary.

Keep in mind, human resource departments screen thru thousands of candidates resumes who are applying for the same position you are applying for. Years ago, an HR recruiter would scan or read thru a resume looking for words / skills / job history that would make the candidate stand out from others. In today’s environment, programs are designed to look for key words that match the job description. Make sure that your resume contains those key word elements.

Preparing For The Interview

The interview process is the toughest part in the job hunting process and it can be nerve-wracking. The best way to prepare yourself for the interview is to review your resume and compile key events from your past work experiences. Every interview is different and you have to be able to speak in detail about your work history and background. There are different types of interviews: Phone, Traditional, Panel etc.

I. Phone Interview

The phone interview is an informal screening process done on the phone and is usually performed by a hiring manager or sometimes by a human resource recruiter. The length of the phone interview is usually under 30 minutes. It's basically a conversation between you and the employer. In most circumstances, they will ask you about your current job function and your background on your past work experience. It's the simple and less complex interview than the others.

II. Traditional Interview

The traditional interview is a one on one, face to face interview that is performed by either a Human Resources representative or Manager. The interview usually takes place in a small office in which your credentials and background are the primary focus. The entire interview process usually lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour. This type of interview can be a little stressful since you are speaking face to face with a possible future employer. The key to having success in this scenario is to speak clear, answer the questions precisely as they relate to your work experience.

III. The Panel Interview

The panel interview is composed of a group consisting of a hiring manager, department employee, department manager and/or another employee within the same department of the job you are applying for. It takes place in a conference room. During the interview, each member of the panel will ask the candidate questions that relate to behavioral situations. The entire interview process usually lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour. The panel interview is the most intimidating out of the three because not only do you have to explain your answer based on the behavioral situational question but you are also being judge on how you handled yourself in those situations. The questions can be based on resiliency, teamwork or technical etc. Each question is set up to determine how you are able to handle each situation based on your work experience. The key to a successful panel interview is to always answer the question in detail by using your work experience as an example. Be truthful and honest about your skill set and background. Do not try to bullshit your way thru when asked about a situation. Remember if you talk the talk, you have to walk the walk.

Accepting The Offer

Once the interview(s) are over, it becomes a waiting game. You may have had several interviews that you feel went very well and you may have some that you believe may have not gone well. You just need to be patient. Once you receive a phone call for the first offer from a potential employer do not accept it immediately unless you have another offer from a competing employer(s). If you have many offers from various potential employers, then weigh your options. Examine and compare each employer's offer carefully, look the company's work environment and culture, the benefits they offer, travel vs. remote etc. Keep in mind that the amount of the offer should be the last thing on your mind when weighing in your options. Yes, you want a good paying job, everyone wants to make a lot of money. But, you have to ask yourself in the long run: Is it worth it? Ask yourself these questions before you make your final decision : (1) If I accept this job will it make me happy? (2) Does this job align with my work experience, passion and future goals? (3) Is the amount of the offer equal or greater than what I feel I am worth? After you assess the pros and cons to make your final decision, the job offer that will make you happy and the one that aligns with your passion is the one you take because you won't regret it.

Conclusion

It takes a lot of time and effort to finally find and get the job you have wanted - your first job or your dream job. For me, it took me many years to finally land my dream job. Every job I held whether it was a dishwasher operator, retail stock clerk, proofreader, shipping clerk, temporary for hire, operations busines analyst, business systems analyst, programmer, senior programmer/data analyst or business intelligence developer, I was able to to learn important skill sets from each one. Each job was different in its own way and I worked my way up the ladder by learning as much as I can and that is what brought me to where I am now. I am happy, I am grateful, I love my job, I don't have any work stress and I'm learning something new everyday.

It takes patience, motivation, and passion to understand what it takes to have a successful career. Be patient. Be motivated. Be grateful. Be passionate. In the end, if you love what you do and you are passionate about it, you will be able enjoy your life and your career and realize you have made the right decision.

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Johnny V

Also known as Jonathan, a part time musician, writer, life stylist at night but a full time business intelligence developer during the day.

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