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April 27, 2011

Your Dream Job Is Out There

Recent Monster.com polls show that job seekers are much more hopeful this year than last -- and many more believe that a dream job is out there for them.

That's great news, and we want to make sure that all this renewed optimism leads to better careers and better lives. So here are some quick tips on turning your dream job into a reality:

Do your research.
Informational interviews can be a great way to get the inside scoop on a company or a job -- and they're a great way to network. (Get tips in "Questions to Ask in an Informational Interview.")

Other great ways to learn about new fields (and to meet potential contacts) include taking classes in your desired field, volunteering or interning, attending industry conferences, and job-shadowing (Get more advice on job-shadowing, in "Try On a Career Before You Commit.")

Make a plan.
As a goal, "get dream job" can seem daunting (if not downright unachievable). So after you've done your research, think about the many steps it will take to reach your goal. What do you need to achieve first?

Put your plan on paper, and make it as detailed as possible -- this will help you gain clarity about what's required, and it'll help you stay on track. Your first step may be to complete some necessary classes; your second step, to build a personal website and update your blog once a week; your third step, to develop a self-promotional marketing plan; and so on.

And don't forget to reward yourself for completing important milestones!

Get connected.
The right time to start networking is before you need to ask for help in your job search. Approach your networking now with the mindset, "How can I help people?" Also look at social-networking sites -- they're a great way to interact with companies you'd like to work for, or with people who are "stars" in your industry. Get involved in the conversations on these and other platforms.

Before you start reaching out to new contacts, though, make sure that you're presenting yourself professionally across all your online profiles. This is not to say that you have to be "all work" online -- it's OK to post things about your family, vacations, hobbies, and so on. None of these are topics that you'd avoid when speaking to manager at your job.

Think of it this way: There are things you would tell your mother, things you would tell your best friend, and things you would tell your boss -- and whatever you put online should be things you would tell all three.

Get more networking tips here: Monster.com's collection of Networking Advice.

And check out some of these results of the Monster Workplace Survey:

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Posted by Charles Purdy on April 27, 2011 at 06:43 PM in Career Development , Interview , Job Search , Networking | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

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Fantastic post..I especially found this useful, as this is very personal to me

Posted by: Tommy | Apr 29, 2011 4:11:31 AM

Hi, I found the information on the article is really useful and helpful. I would definitely recommend this site for all job seekers. Thank you

Posted by: Job Maldives | May 12, 2011 1:35:35 AM

That is so insperational! Thank you for the great advice!

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