6 Ways to Land Your Dream Career

6 Ways to Land Your Dream Career

We all have dreams and ideas of the career we really want which sometimes seems out of reach. But the good news? It’s not. The path to create your own career success is more than possible and lies in the power of your hands. People land their dream jobs everyday and other people don’t. So how do you go from where you are now, to joining the people with their dream careers? You take action on your goals. Here are six ways to land your dream career:

1. Interview people who already have it.

The best way to find out if your dream job is really everything you think it’s cracked up to be is to interview people who already have it and find out the best parts of the job and the worst parts. This is one of the quickest ways to not only make a connection in the field you want to be in, but to gain some valuable information on what your dream job looks like. You’ll get an insider perspective that will really help you figure out if it’s the right job for you.


2. Evaluate your strengths and figure out how they would be an asset to the job you want.

Make sure you know inside and out what your strengths are and how they would serve you in this position. Are you a great communicator, writer, or speaker? How do those skills aid you in your dream job? Play those strengths up in your interviews, when you talk to people in the field and show how you can be an asset to them.

3. Build relationships, not connections.

The most important aspect of finding your dream career is building solid, genuine relationship with people. This means making time for them on a regular basis and showing that you care. This means sending a handwritten birthday card, sending articles that could be relevant and offering to help them as much as you want them to help you. People can spot sincerity, passion, and authenticity – so only focus on being the best version of yourself and not someone looking to hand out a business card and walk out.


4. Find the company you want to work at even if they aren’t hiring.

If you know 3-5 companies you would love to work for because of their values, mission, and culture, let them know you want to work for them because you share those same passions. Most employers want to hire people who believe in what they do because those are the people who stay and are worth investing in. So even if there are no openings at the moment, reach out. You never know what could come from it.

5. Study the masters.

Chances are that someone is already doing what you want to do—learn from them. Read books on how they got to where they are. Listen to podcasts from mentors in the field and subscribe to their blog. You will be surprised how much you can learn and implement from a little research on people who have done it before.


6. Offer to help for free.

There is no greater way to create a relationship or gain experience than offering your services for free to the company you want to work for. You’ll stand out from everyone else, demonstrating your true dedication to their company. Create a proposal of how you could assist them in marketing, writing, website development, and so on and see if they take you up on it. Most employers love to get an outsider’s perspective and they just might hire you for your great work.

What are your best tips to land your dream job? Leave them here!


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5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!



That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.


The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.


You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.


Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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