How to get your dream job
One of the hardest things about graduating college is coming to the realization that, holy moly, the real world is big. People wear suits, blouses and platform heels and have forever banished their stash of college sweats. After getting your pants tailored to perfection for the inevitable interview process, you might be thinking, "What is my dream job?" Whether you're a fashion design major or pursued a renewable energy degree, the years after graduation are the perfect time to pursue the career you've always wanted.
Are you wondering how to land your ideal job? With a few key steps, you could get your foot in the door and have decades of happiness.
Create an online presence
Sure, you've refined, proofread and jazzed up your resume and cover letter, but the internet age allows employers to get a feel for who you are in person. Yes, they will Google your name and yes, they will look through your Facebook profile. In order to show your dream job you're a force to be reckoned with, you might want to consider creating a blog or website that outlines your professional pursuits. Keeping employers updated on your thoughts (make sure they don't get too personal) will help them give your resume a personality.
Also, for the love of Pete, delete all of those Facebook photos with red Solo cups.
Work on your soft skills
According to a recent report by CareerBuilder, about 71 percent of employers value leadership, teamwork and communication skills over book smarts. Startups and businesses want to create a positive environment in the office and build a strong company with good chemistry. During the interview, you can talk about ways you were a leader during group projects or how you problem solved that time when your final project was due in one hour and Kinko's was closed.
Focus on happiness
You might not get a position at your dream job. That's not a failure - it's an excuse to find another awesome office or maybe even reconsider your career. The key to being happy at work is to make sure you're doing what you love, whether it's nursing or massage therapy.