If you're going through a new phase of your professional career where you are ready for a career change and you dont know where to begin, follow these top five steps on how to land that dream job.
1. Network, Network...and Network!
Get yourself out of your comfort zone and meet with people you never thought would speak to you. Sometimes reaching out to a peer can get you great advice, but how about that executive leader who just may be able to land you your dream job? No matter at what level, we have all gone through the same career struggles and we love to share those similar experiences. Read about Bethenny Frankel and how she started her multi-million dollar business with Skinnygirl. She went from networking around Manahattan to running her own business.
2. Write it down!
Perhaps this should have been number one, but do it anyways. Before meeting with anyone, make a list of what you love to do, what you're good at and then wrote down what career will describe you. There are so many CEOs and Presidents of companies who landed their jobs without even having to apply for their position. They just happen to be recognized for their talents and passion...and not just their skills or education.
3. Fail at least once.
Sometimes the ride of success feels like it will never stop, until it does and you have to turn around and start over again. When we are at that stopping point, we are forced to reassess and reflect on what to do next. Failing is sometimes the worst thing to experience but it can also be the greatest feeling because you are forced to be stronger and keep moving forward. Look at Julia Roberts character in Eat, Pray, Love for example. She was married, getting her masters degree and lived in a great apartment until she didn't feel happy anymore and lost everything. She picked up everything and moved overseas. Then she began to find herself along the way.
4. Read and keep reading!
There are so many great outlets to get advice on your career. I love reading articles of entrepreneurs and business icons like Walt Disney, who was fired from his first job because he wasn't creative enough. Read websites like Levo League and LinkedIn, where they like to showcase career professional's stories as well as post numerous positions. You never know what you'll find.
5. Be true to yourself.
You may go through interview after interview talking about yourself and it really gets overwhelming. You may feel like you are constantly being told no, but what is really happening is that you are on your way to find yourself and what you're meant to be doing. So never be nervous if you have no idea what to say or how to act because you will impress anyone if you lay it all out on the table and show them who you are.