Dream Jobs are as Unique as Candidates


I wrote a post recently on what it takes to write an application for a competitive job post. A lot of people resonated with it — because it is hard and you gotta grip every edge. But others found it disheartening. If companies are only ever hiring the best, where does everyone else go?

I hear this. I’ve been there — it is scary trying to find a job these days, and landing anything is a challenge. But I do want to make clear that my posting was about applying for an extremely competitive “dream job” in an innovative small team. The companies pushing the boundaries live with inherently more risk. Staffing decisions can make or break these companies, so they need to be much more selective.

I believe those tips would help you in any application, but I’ve also done hiring for larger corporations. Large companies can withstand the risk of hiring someone and training them to suit, or replacing them if it doesn’t work out. There are also smaller companies out there where a match between your current skillset and their current requirements will be possible. There are great jobs out there that aren’t “cut throat dream jobs”! I’ve learned something valuable in every single position I’ve ever been in. If it really is your dream… wouldn’t you be willing to fight for it?

What to do today…

When imagining your “dream job”, don’t imagine a logo on your business card. Imagine the type of culture where you think you will thrive, and the types of skills you’ll need to take you to the next level.

Accept that it takes time to find the right job, and accept that just because it isn’t happening now doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

Accept where you are now, and do your best to showcase those skills. Build the best portfolio that you can today.

Search out your dream job, and be aggressive. Look at the postings they currently have open, and make note of the requirements on those job posts. If you can’t find an open posting, try to find the names of people who work there, and find what they list as their qualifications. Use that information to build your own education plan — turn yourself in to their dream candidate. And build a portfolio that proves it.