Dream Job Blog

Our insights, advice and best practices on job search strategies, professional development and growth mindset.

Many people I talk to have an idea of what their dream job is, but it’s often a stretch role. They want to uplevel their career when they make a move, which makes sense. They want to leverage their experience and all the skills they’ve gained and step into a bigger position.

Over the past couple of months, this has become one of the most frequently asked questions we get.

It’s just about that time, where we reflect and take stock of the year. The good, bad and inevitable regrets — the dreaded would’ve, could’ve, should’ves.

It’s been an exciting hiring year! I’ve had so much fun helping clients evaluate and negotiate their offers. By and large, they’re going to great companies including Databricks, Qualtrics, Avalara, Pegasystems, LinkedIn, AWS, Google, Microsoft, Apple and Salesforce as well as high growth startups.

Job search trends have evolved significantly over the past decade. What worked for most people in the past (like submitting applications online), is no longer effective. So it makes sense that job search strategies and best practices have changed.

I often get asked about the most important strategy to land a dream job, which I define as one you’ll love and thrive in. The challenge is there are so many aspects to the job search journey, it’s impossible to pick just one thing. So I’ve curated a list of articles that contain tips, best practices and exercises to help you be successful in your endeavor.

Last month one of our clients landed his dream job. Colin worked at a Fortune 100 tech company for 14 years. During the first 9 years, he had a progressive career — led key initiatives, delivered impressive results and was promoted every other year. However, the last 5 years were stagnant. Colin was given the projects that no one else wanted and weren’t material to the business. Over the last few years, he felt stuck, discouraged and resentful.

I used to humble brag about the number of recruiters who reached out to me (yeah I was that guy). I pursued some, but most of them didn’t go very far because they weren’t interesting or a good fit for me.

In my last article, I shared how to network strategically — finding connections at target companies. Securing meetings is a feat in itself, but they can be a wasted opportunity if you’re underprepared and uncertain of what you want.

I recently took Daniel Pink’s MasterClass on Sales and Persuasion (which was excellent). He surveyed 5,000 people and asked them what they thought of when they think about sales. The #1 adjective hands down was “pushy.” Not surprisingly 25 of the top 50 adjectives were negative. He also asked what they pictured when they thought of a salesperson and the overwhelming majority was a used car salesman.

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