How long does it take to land your “dream job”? That depends on your definition. Perhaps it is based strictly off of your salary? Maybe it is the flexibility. Is it the service you provide? “Dream job” means something different to everyone, and there’s no concrete formula for how long it takes to get there.
In my post-college job hunt, I knew specifically what I wanted to do for my dream job and I knew what it took to get there: talent, experience, drive, and education. Did I have those? Yes. Did I get an interview? You bet I did. Did I ace that interview? Absolutely not. Was I offered the job? Nope.
I can’t pinpoint a single, definitive reason why I didn’t land that dream job during the first interview go-round, but I’ve got a pretty good list of mistakes (with hindsight being what it is):
- I didn’t research the company, i.e. I failed to prepare.
- I was ridiculously naive in my job market knowledge.
- The experience I had was good, but not quite great, especially for the market in which I was applying.
While there’s no concrete formula for how long it takes to get your dream job, there are a few great words to remember for what it takes to get there. “Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien.
Use my hindsight for your foresight: When you’re seeking your dream job, let your experience, talent, and drive shine. Do your due diligence of preparing, making yourself as knowledgeable as possible in whatever field you’re in, and know exactly what your strengths are and on what you can improve. Oh, and don’t forget to be humble (that goes a long way).
If you’ve interviewed for your dream job and didn’t get it, find out why and fix it. Work hard. Apply and interview again. Make it happen. I did and as Conan predicted, amazing things have happened.
About the Author Nicole Oswald
Nikki has been a part of the small (but mighty!) Celebrity Staff Lincoln team since October 2010, when she was hired as a Staffing Assistant. In September 2012, she was promoted to Account Manager, where she loves relationship building.
Outside of work, Nikki keeps herself busy by spending time with her husband, a part-time job in radio, running, yoga, reading, cooking vegan foods, and picking up shreds of high heels her dog has demolished.