If you’re working at a job that you hate, what’s stopping you from moving onto the dream job you’ve always coveted. The time for making excuses is over. Get the wheels in motion toward achieving your dreams.
The specific end goal doesn’t particularly matter as long as you know the route to success. Planning and implementation are the keys to achieving anything. Setting an empty goal won’t get you anywhere.
Take small strides toward finding your dream job with these simple strategies:
1. Learn by example
Find people who have your dream job and get in touch with them. Someone who’s been there before can be a steady mentoring hand to guide you toward your goal. Study what they did to get where they are and find out how you can do the same. Knowing what you want is only half the battle. Finding out how to get there is much more important.
2. One step at a time
Don’t try to accomplish too much too fast. Break down the path to your dream goal into smaller mini-goals. Once a simplified plan is in place, attack each mini-goal with your full attention before moving on to the next one. You’ll be chipping away slowly, but by focusing fully on small goals instead of several things at once, means you won’t have lost time to distractions.
3. Get your foot in the door
While it might be scary, taking less pay (or no pay) to work at a job that leads to your dream position might be well worth it. There will always be a million reasons not to do something. If you can, shrink your lifestyle to the bare minimum, save enough money to bridge a gap in employment, and then make the leap. An unpaid internship that leads to a full time position on the ladder toward your goal is a great place to start.
Very few jobs don’t reward excellent communicators. Your goals, expectations, and skills all need to be clearly communicated in order to put them to work in your favor.
5. Make yourself stand out
It always helps if you’re seen as the type of person that will go the extra mile. If there’s a specific job that you’re interviewing for, study the objectives and duties of the job carefully. Make sure you have the qualities and skill set they’re looking for, and if you don’t, show that you’re willing to take the initiative to acquire them.
6. Take action
There may be a number of things that are holding you back from truly going for your dream job. Identify these causes and eliminate them. What are you afraid of? What is in the way of you and your dreams?
Landing your dream job may take some time. If you want to be a franchisee and own a chain of restaurants, working your way up from the cash register at McDonalds might be a great path to success, but it will take many years. Focus on what you can do today to get started on your goal.