Ask for your dream job: Here is how
I truly believe you can get that dream job and it may not be as difficult as you may think. If you want a new job, this is an idea that worked well for a friend of mine. One of the coolest true stories I ever heard was from a friend I had when I was an undergrad. This friend of mine had a job that paid about twice of what was the annual average salary for our state was at the time. She did not have a bachelor’s degree yet and made great money working in an office of a very well respected Fortune 100 company in our area.
I remember asking my friend how she got this amazing job. She told me that all she did was ask. I could not believe it. My friend (Lisa) told me that she needed a job and here was this really big company that people loved to work for and she just put on her professional clothing, brushed up her resume and went in “for the kill”.
As I recall, I remember her telling me that she set up an “informational interview” with the Human Resources department of the company she wanted to work for. She had a couple fresh copies of her resume on nice paper that listed her known skills which included using basic computer applications efficiently and “good interpersonal skills”. She dressed for success and was determined she was, “not going to take ‘no’ for an answer”.
In the informational interview, the Human Resource manager originally told her that “Sorry! We don’t have anything for your right now.”
However, my friend was assertive and continued to ask again, “I really cannot believe a company this size does not have ANYTHING for me. You must find me something to do here. I learn things very quickly and I promise to be an excellent employee. Just give me a try. You will be glad you did.”
Well, the rest was magical history. She did get formal interview because of her persistence and they found her a job with a team of professionals at the company who taught her what she needed to succeed. All she did was ask and prepare them to see her as an excellent fit.
Yes, that was a true story and I believe anyone can do this. Of course, some organizations just don’t have any openings. I believe that if you know what you are capable of doing and can help the future employer see how you can add value to the organization, they they may be able to create a job for you or recommend you to an organization that has that need. You must be genuinely likable and you must give your best every day to be their best employee. Your reputation will follow you and you get to create your own successes, one action at a time.
It is difficult to find talented employees that are a perfect fit for an organization. It is your job to show you are a match in personal values, knowledge, talents, skills and abilities. So you have to do your “homework” and study the company, learn what is important to them and learn to fit in. You must be able to share examples of how what you know and have done fills a need for what they are looking for.
Employers want people who are likable, can learn to do things right and well, and have experiences that are similar to the ones they are hiring for. Sometimes starting in the mail room or at an entry-level job is the perfect way to get your foot in the door and grow with the organization. You have an opportunity to learn the culture, prove your work ethic and build your internal network of people who can recommend you for the next steps.
So, yes. I believe anyone can have their dream job. It is a matter of finding an organization you really want to work for, showing you have what it takes to fit in and grow, and then just ask for a job in an assertive and respectful way. It does not hurt to dress for the position, because this helps the employer visualize you fitting in. Most employers will give an informational interview because they really do not want to have a lull in production if someone were to unexpectedly leave the organization.
A closed door yesterday does not mean there will be that same closed door tomorrow. Things change very quickly in every organization. You must prepare yourself by having what employers need and then make it happen. You are the only person who will manage your career. So, go get that job you are looking for and don’t take no for an answer.
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