4 Tips To Land Your Dream Job

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This article is going to be a little different. I know a lot of the content in ComLuv deals with internet marketing, generating traffic, making money online, establishing your own online business(s), etc.

But what if you’re not interested in leaving the “rat race” to earn a living online?

What if you much rather work (or continue to work) for someone else instead?

Well if that’s you, then there’s really nothing wrong with that. After all, a lot of you reading this article right now has either worked for someone else or is currently working for someone else.

Additionally, in spite of the growing number of people making money online, there’s still a need for other professions that can only come with working for a boss.

People still crave interactions with employees (and leading them); a desire to achieve and maintain a certain status; having someone else deal with benefits (health and dental); receiving W-2 forms; and there are just those who simply don’t want change.

In the end, we all want to land our dream job – whether it means working in a traditional job, owning your own business, or making money online. If you’re a recent college graduate or someone who has yet to find his/her dream job, then this article is for you.

Here are four practical tips to land your dream job:

1) Create Your Dream Job Scenario

You need to plan ahead. Regardless of your age and current status, where do you see yourself in five or ten years from now?

Are you content with your current employer?

Do you feel like the job you’re in is fulfilling and rewarding?

These are important questions to ask yourself because it provides you with a reality check on your current situation. Most of our time is spent working for someone else; therefore, you need to ensure that your time is spent wisely and purposefully.

To create your dream job scenario, there are six components to consider:

1) Your ideal location – is it close to where you live; close to outdoor activities; climate choice.

2) Your ideal work schedule – hourly; specific days; flexibility; part-time or full-time.

3) Your ideal work environment and culture – diversity; fast-paced or your own pace; structured.

4) Your ideal job function – micromanagers; analytic or creative; isolated or maintain close interactions.

5) Your ideal salary or compensation – hourly pay; monthly pay; full commission or base + commission.

6) Your ideal employer size – small business; family business; large company.

Narrowing your choices to these six components helps you make an informed decision – instead of wasting time, effort, and resources to land the perfect job. How you make these decisions are based on your personality, character, work ethic, and social acceptance.

Only you know what your likes and dislikes are; what makes you tick; what satisfies you; how fast or slow do you build relationships; how hard you work; what skills you enjoy applying; so on and so forth. It’s not rocket science…it’s about knowing who you are.

2) Your Time Is Now

Here’s an obvious choice that’s not so obvious. After planning ahead and narrowing your ideal job description, if you want to land your dream job, you need to start while you’re still young and hungry. Because the longer you wait, the farther it is for your dream job to become a reality. One week becomes one month; one month becomes one year; so on and so forth.

Not young anymore?

It’s OK. As long as you still have the desire, drive, and hunger to pursue your dream job, it’s not too late. But be careful…for your motivation can also decline as time goes by.

For instance, when I was still in the military, I’ve

always wanted to become a Personal Trainer. I told myself that I can study personal training while I was still serving. Well, this was a problem considering the nature of my job. And so, I decided to wait until I got out.

Now that I’m separated, I’m still not studying for my personal training certificate. Instead, I’ve been doing other things and studying other disciplines. My dream of becoming a personal trainer is slowly slipping away.

Don’t let this happen to you. Start now.

3) Don’t Create a Backup Plan

This advice may contradict the advice of your parents, mentors, or school counselors; but if you think about it, having a “backup plan” is really a subtle way of saying you might fail.

“If I don’t land my dream job, well at least, I have something else to fall back on – even though it’s not what I want to do.”

A job’s a job after all, right?

Although I cannot disagree with you about being employed rather than unemployed (especially in this economy) – after all, you have bills to pay and mouths to feed – you still have to fully commit and not lie to yourself that you’ll eventually land your dream job.

Sure, it may take you a while, and in the meantime, you may also have to work with an employer you don’t love – but that doesn’t also mean there’s no hope. Don’t let your current situation stop you from staying focused and committed to working for an employer in your target market someday. Do what you need to do with no regrets, doubts, or excuses.

Whatever it takes.

4) Network the Right Way

Yes, you should always be networking. The problem is, however, most people don’t know what it really means to network. To better understand what it means to network, here’s what networking is not:

1) It’s not about collecting business cards – It’s more about quality, not quantity. There’s more value receiving one business card from someone whom you connected with and have a meaningful conversation, as opposed to 20 business cards from superficial conversations.

2) It’s not about annoying others – Don’t try to establish relationships based on insincerity, or flatter a potential employer without being genuine about it. Flattery does go far, if done right and with some strategy behind it. Always be genuine and sincere.

3) It’s not about whom you know – Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not about “who you know” or “who knows you.” It’s about who likes and respects you.

For instance, my sister once attended a job fair and landed a job that she wasn’t qualified for because they loved her personality, character and ethical beliefs. They found that she was the right fit, because everything my sister is, matches the company’s own values and culture. They also saw what a valuable asset she can bring to their team.

Concluding Thoughts

As I mentioned earlier, working for someone else may not be what you’re looking for. But I also know there are those who are more satisfied to work a traditional job and maintain a certain status – whether it’s a banker, lawyer, doctor, military member, CEO of a company, etc. – as opposed to earning a living online.

If your dream is to maintain or build a profession, then there’s nothing wrong with turning that dream into a reality – even though it doesn’t have anything to do with making money online. As long as you stay focused, driven, and know for sure that this is what you want to do for the rest of your life…then landing your dream job is within reach.

It’s your move. Go for it!

What do you think about working for someone else, instead of making money online? Do you have a problem with change, or are you satisfied where you’re at? Have you landed your dream job yet? I would love to read your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Hi Warren,

    I totally agree with your points. In my own opinion, You can not get dream job unless you’re qualified for it. So you should start learning and improving yourself so that after certain point of time you can become suitable for the job.
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  2. Hi Warren,

    Nice step by step tutorial to land dream job.
    I fully agree and satisfied that without doing effort or without having knowledge there is no sense to work .
    Many people have a dream to earn online money but they don’t know how to do or where to start. They just jump in it and after all they can’t achieve their success because of lack knowledge.

    Before starting any online job you have to know much about it to get success.
    Thanks for sharing this article.
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  3. Thanks Warren for this beautiful piece of writing. Getting a dream job is always a challenging task but surely if we make efforts in right direction as mentioned above than we can reach to our goal .
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  4. Warren you’ve pointed out a thing that most people evade unknowingly or under pressure. A dream job is something we all think of even as kids, no matter how far fetched( i aimed to be a space guide :P ) . However priorities and interests evolve as we age and soon we know the job we would love to do. I believe we must all stick to it . Doing something you never liked could take all the fun out of living!

  5. There’s actually a good book called “A.I.M.” (Achieve, Inspire, Make a Difference” by two consultants which walks one through a similar process and has a lot of step-by-step checklists lest one looses focus over various options. And yes, the networking makes more sense once you first have the idea what you’re networking for.
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  6. Hello Warren,

    The tips you have provided here are classical – especially the bit about not bothering about a ‘plan B’. This is because a plan B makes you relax your efforts – and imagine that if all fail to come to pass as expected, there would always be an option. Usually, this is the type of thinking that fails to produce results!

    Again, not everyone will work online. I find the idea of providing alternative tips appealing though I wish everyone enjoys the freedom that comes with the online lifestyle.

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  7. The tips you have provided here are classical – especially the bit about not bothering about a ‘plan B’. This is because a plan B makes you relax your efforts – and imagine that if all fail to come to pass as expected, there would always be an option. Usually, this is the type of thinking that fails to produce results!

  8. Hi Warren,
    Great tips! this is exactly what i am looking for. I will definitely share it with others.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.
    Keep up posting :)
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  9. Hi Warren,

    Spot on tips. I retired to a life of island hopping – doing the pro blogging bit – but know many wish to work the 9-5. If you do these are the tips to follow.

    No back-up plan. Love it. Remember Think and Grow Rich? Hill talks about burning the ships people used to retreat. They had to succeed in winning the war or die. They won, choosing not to die. We too should take a similar approach whether working for someone or our selves.

    I went from laid off security guard to world traveling pro blogger, blogging from paradise, because I had no safety net. Nope, a safety net would have coaxed me to return to my comfort zone and no magic happens if the comfort zone is your home.

    As for connections, if you care about enough people – especially influential people – you’ll open more doors/job opportunities than you could ever imagine. Some people in life will introduce you to new worlds, new ways of living and awesome professional careers, if you help them out, aid them in any way and build bonds with these people.

    Super smart advice here Warren.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Tweeting in a bit.

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  10. indeed great tips I am in search of my dream job and am looking for tips, and finally landed here. These tips helped me a lot to boost my confidence as well. Thanks a lot for this wonderful article.
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  11. Landing on a dream job is just like a dream. I always meet people who are never satisfied with what they are doing and are searching for a rewarding job, which will provide them with an additional income and enable them to meet their goals in life.

    Unfortunately, not everyone can arrive at their dream job since many of them do not meet the required qualification and skills. Due to this, many people are locked out on what they have always dreamt of doing and therefore opt to go other ways.
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    • Hi Worli,
      Those are valid points; but I always maintained that, if you really want something, go after it no matter what. Qualifications and skills can be learned. Granted some are more gifted than others — but that shouldn’t deter anyone from trying. There are always ways to go after something, if you want it bad enough. Yes, dreams are dreams — but dreams do come true, when one aspires to.

      Keep inspiring,
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  12. I have been thinking about this online rat race that I have ben into a many year now and planning to switch to a normal full-time job. Something that meet my schedule, location and more importantly that gives me a good work and personal life balance. Thanks for the wonderful tips, especially on not creating a backup plan for better commitment. I never thought of that.
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  13. hello
    thnx for sharing this nice article really enjoyed the read will share it with my other friends too
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  14. Hey Warren,
    Nice tips for getting dream job. These days number of job seeker increases rapidly and these tips really help them to get dream job. Thanks for sharing these tips.
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  15. Hi Warren,
    Useful tips shared in this guide, Currently I am looking for my dream job and these tips surely boost my confidence and hope I will get my dream job soon. Keep sharing inspirational stuff ;)
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  16. hey @Warren
    thanks for sharing with us , such a great post !
    keep it up !
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  17. Nice tips for getting dream job. These days number of job seekers increases rapidly and these tips really help them to get dream job. Thanks for sharing these tips.
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  18. Nice article for how to get dream job and satisfactory job. thanks for sharing.
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  19. Warren great tips for getting a dream job. Must read for every young graduates.
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  20. Getting the dream job is good, but if we can’t land on the job we want, then we must learn to love the job we have and keep a lookout for better opportunities. Making money online is not as easy as most people think, it’s important to have a backup especially if you have mouths to feed.

  21. Hi Warren,

    In my opinion there’s nothing called Dream Job unless you’re your own boss. My dream is to make a living from Online, but i know it’s not that easy. However, i’ll consider your tips in case i had to do jobs.

    Very informative post on getting a dream job, thanks for sharing! :)
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  22. No matter whatever you do, if you are not eligible for that job you can’t get that job. These tips are only for those who have that qualifications and still unable to find their dream job.
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  23. Great article..But yes first quality is that the candidate himself should be talented enough to get a job otherwise there is no chance that he will get the job
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