Everyone wants to have a dream job. You might be able to increase your chances of getting yours if you knew how to find it in the first place.
Determine What It Is
The first step to finding your dream job does not begin when you graduate. It begins when you choose your college course. Your course is what will determine what you can be hired for in the future. It is thus very important to choose a course that you are interested in and that you show aptitude for. Although economic considerations cannot be avoided, the potential of a course to make you earn a lot of money should not be the main incentive that should drive your course choice. Case in point: Do not take nursing if you are not capable of developing a love for it. Otherwise you will either be unable to pass the board and other exams or you will become an extremely unhappy OFW.
The piece of advice above however, will already be water under the bridge if you are already a graduate of a course that you aren’t really passionate about. If you cannot afford to take a second course that you actually like, the best solution would be to strengthen your resolve to work where you will fit.
Assess Your Other Experiences
There is one other option for people who did not get to take a course they really like. If you have had considerable volunteer experience, elective units or freelance work on a particular field that you like, you may use these to help you get a job that is not related to your course. You may have extensive experience in graphic or publication design for example. You can indicate this experience in your resume if you wish to apply in a publishing, printing or advertising outfit even if you finished an unrelated degree.
Match What You Have with the Job
A common piece of advice that jobseekers often hear is to apply even if they don’t seem qualified. Anyway, there is no harm in trying. In these desperate times, one can’t blame jobseekers for following such an advice. You should always remember though that you might be wasting valuable time (yours and someone else’s), paper and 2×2 pictures by applying for the wrong job. Some companies post notices asking applicants not to apply if they do not meet the requirements for the job. If the job ad clearly states that they are looking for people with five years supervisory experience and you don’t have it, do not send your application. If your dream job is to be a supervisor of some sort someday, you should begin at the bottom first and work your way up.
Then again, it is not always necessary for you to meet all the requirements provided in a job post. If you are able to match most of the requirements, you might actually have a shot especially if there are no better applicants. Some very accommodating companies will also be willing to accept applications for pooling purposes even if they are not currently hiring.
Find out what else you should do to find the job of your dreams in the second part of this article.