How To Land Your Dream Job (Or Lead You To It)

djLooking for a job? During the last couple of years, on more than one occasion, my classmates mentioned to me their difficulty finding a job upon graduation. A good friend of mine actually just graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Concordia and has been searching for a job for a year now, and has come up dry. Is the job market shrinking or are we not looking in the right places? Students come out of university packed with newfound knowledge, ready to take on the world, but have been coming up empty handed. Before we even start looking for work…or dare I say our dream job, it is important that our focus is properly directed. I have listed three factors that are very important when it comes to eventually landing the job of our dreams:

1)    Make sure you have DEFINED what the job of your dream job is or entails – you can’t find what you don’t know you’re looking for. You must be able to articulate what will make you content and drive…and only then should you set out looking for jobs and attending interviews. You never know, you may actually be able to find your dream job at a variety of different companies or places.

2)    Learn to embrace your INTANGIBLE skills, they can get you further than you think – adaptability, team player, leadership, multitasking…all of these are crucial in terms of building your reputation at a company and impressing your prospective employers. Especially since these are very sought after in almost all workplaces and are great assets to possess.

3)    You must be willing to CHANGE with the pace of the market. Life-long-learning has taken up a whole new meaning in this day and age. With the rapid pace of technology and business settings today, being a good performer is no longer enough. Being able to adapt, learn and develop yourself as a person and a learner is what will clearly display your potential, not only as a professional, but also as a “professional in motion.”

As McGill students, we are lucky enough to have our very own search engine called “My Future,” this is a great place to begin searching for your dream job. The CaPS office also has an abundance of resources for you, including comprehensive guides on how to properly create a cover letter, undergo an interview and format a resume. These are all great resources that can help you begin preparing yourself – and your resume before graduation.

Do not expect to be working in your dream job right out of graduation, every job you work at will allow you to gain valuable learning experiences and networking will allow you to broaden your horizons every further. Statistics show that today, the average person changes their career at least five to ten times …so if you are not working in your ideal setting immediately following graduation, do not be discouraged. In my own experience, and for teachers in the English Sector in Quebec, it has not been an easy road. Some of us need to accept that permanency could be as far as ten years away; taking on maternity leaves and filling in for others’ absences is something we have to accept at the beginning of our careers. It can be hard to swallow because we work so hard in university, put forward our greatest efforts and sometimes begin working in a completely different field or even at a part-time job. Nevertheless, patience is a virtue, and pinpointing exactly where we want to go and how we want to get there is crucial – and the destination remains solely in your hands.



“It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘Always do what you are afraid to do.’”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson



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