Five Steps to Land your Dream Job

What do you want to become in life? A big and difficult question to answer for most of us. To answer it correctly you usually need time, wisdom, and some field experience. Although you lack most of these aspects at the time you’re graduating I think you can still find the shortest way to heaven. To help you with that I came up with this five step master plan.

1. What do you want?

If you don’t know what you want you’ll never find it either. Sounds a bit silly, but it’s the goddamn truth. Knowing what you want starts with figuring out who you are and what you're good at. What makes you happy? What makes you angry? How do want to be remembered? And by who? If you don’t have the answers to these questions ready, you will never find the shortest way to heaven. Don’t bother applying for jobs. What job are looking for anyway?

2. What’s out there?

Knowing what you want is probably the hardest step. But if you are one of the lucky guys who knows what he wants, you still have to figure out what matches your needs. Company A is very different from company B, and job C asks for a total different person than job D. Do you know for instance, what the difference is between a management trainee and a ‘normal’ starters position? Or how a typical day of a strategy consultant looks like? If you don’t know what’s out there you’re just hunting for ghosts. One of the best ways to figure out what’s out there is applying for an internship. Yes, doing paid work for free sucks, but you will get something else in return which is far more valuable.  

3. How do I get what I want?

Most graduates think they start applying for a job when they send out their first application letter. They think wrong. Your application started at the moment you began making grounded choices for yourself. It doesn’t really matter what you have done during college or what decisions you made, as long as you know why you did it or why you chose to do so. The longer you’ve been making grounded choices, the longer you’ve developed yourself as a person. And that’s what makes a great resumé! A resumé is nothing more than a brief list of the choices you’ve made so far. And the more you’ve thought about these choices, the better your application letter and interview will be. They define who you are at that moment.

4. Go Go Go

You knew what you wanted, you knew what was out there, and you got it in the end. Awesome! The next two to three years of your life it is all about Go Go Go! Get out there and show them what you got. Grab every opportunity presented to you and look for even more ways to grow and learn. It’s your time to shine baby.

5. Evaluate and pivot

In every job you’ll get in life, it’s good to evaluate from time to time. Evaluating means going back to step 1: what is it that I want? Am I still going in the right direction? Do I want other things than a couple of years ago when I started this job? Chances are you aren’t going in the right direction. Then it’s time to pivot, which means following the rest of the steps again. I think this is probably the best and quickest way to reach your heaven. And if that means switching jobs every now and than, that’s perfectly fine. For some of us that’s just what they are looking for.