Dream Job Blog

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

You made it to the interview — congratulations! If you’re like most, it took some effort to get here, so it truly is an achievement. So now what?

Close your eyes and picture your favorite car. Focus on that car and whatever you do, do not think about a pink elephant. Don’t think of a pink elephant painted on the car or standing on top of it or walking by it. What did you see? I’m guessing you saw a pink elephant (and maybe a car too ; )

“Musicians don’t retire. They stop when there’s no more music left inside of them.”
— Robert De Niro in The Intern

Christina ran her own video and film production company for nearly two decades. She had a lot of great projects under her belt including documentaries and campaigns for prestigious universities and Fortune 500 companies. But she was missing something — a team. She wanted to join a group of creatives to collaborate on ideas and projects.

Rodolpho had built an extensive career in marketing at a leading global energy management company where he helped lead a digital transformation initiative. After nine years, he felt like it was time for a new challenge. Rodolpho wanted to join a high growth tech company where he could leverage his experience and expertise to make a big impact.

While some of you have probably wished to work remotely at one point or another, I’m sure this is not exactly how you imagined it. As we’re adjusting to the new normal, one thing has become abundantly clear — connection is paramount.

This is a truly unique time and an adjustment for all of us. It certainly makes me grateful for a lot of things I take for granted. When it comes to work, I’m especially grateful for the tech that keeps me connected to our clients. My phone, email, video conferencing apps and wifi — all make it possible to communicate, collaborate and prep.

Did you make resolutions or set goals for 2020? Was one of them to get a new job? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey by CareerBuilder, more than 30% of employees plan to change jobs this year.

I’m reading “Give and Take” by Adam Grant — I’m only 20% into it, but am already loving it. The premise is that we’re takers, matchers or givers and what that means in terms of building a successful career. It turns the idea of “nice guys finish last” upside down. Adam pioneered research on leaders across a wide range of research that shows extraordinary results from givers.

One of my childhood heros was Laura Ingalls Wilder. She’s the author of the series “Little House on the Prairie.” I read all her books and watched all the TV shows — multiple times. I was in awe of the adventures and tragedies of a young girl growing up in the Wild West. She inspired me to write — starting my first journal when I was six.