3 tools to help you get in to (or keep) the career you want!

By Amanda Gentry

It is hard to describe the feeling you get when you land your dream job in the perfect career field. The job where you wake up excited and eager to get to work because you enjoy what you do and feel good about your accomplishments. It’s almost like being in love, with a giddy smile on your face, a spring in your step, and the knowledge that you are doing something you are passionate about. Even better, you get to hang out with other people that love doing the same thing you do, AND you get paid for it!

 

There is a job like this out there for every single person. Sometimes it takes a little imagination and a little effort to gain the right skillset, but there is a job out there for you that is waiting for you to fill.  

The following tools can be priceless additions to your job search reserve.

…have confidence in your skills and knowledge, and to continue to be persistent in seeking a job in the industry you are passionate about.

Business card

The easiest and by far one of the most effective ways of making a good and lasting impression on anyone, is to have a professional looking business card that helps them remember who you are, and what you are passionate about.

On the front of your business card you should have your name, email, phone number and website (if you have one). It should be visually appealing (and ideally it will have a unique picture of you being awesome doing something related to the industry you are interested in).

For an extra strong impression, have a mini-resume ready on the back of the business card that highlight your best qualifications for the industry of interest. Do you have a degree in that field? Have you volunteered for a cause that supports the industry? Have you worked in the industry before but had a different role? Let the people you are networking with know you are passionate and serious about being involved in that industry and you will make an impression that will be hard for them to forget.

Business knowledge

Staying current on trends or developments within a career field you are interested in is essential to landing or keeping your dream job. Technology is doing wonders for helping businesses develop better products and ideas at a lightening pace. Within the space of a couple of weeks, a business can develop a new app or product line and that leaves competitors in the dust. By regularly performing a weekly search within the industry you are interested in, you can be sure to stay on top of popular products, industry standards, and new improvements.

A great side effect of staying up on industry knowledge, is you will always be prepared with valuable information. Networking is one of the best ways to land a job, and you never know when or where a priceless business networking opportunity might present itself.  When (not if) you find yourself in a business networking situation, you will blow the other person away not only by having a basic understanding of the industry, but if you know even a few of the latest trends, your name will be ingrained in their mind as a resource for information. After your networking meeting, if something comes up where that person needs information (possibly for a CEO in your industry), your name will be first to pop in their head, and will bring you closer to landing your dream job!

Confidence and persistence

The final set of tools that will help seal the deal with your dream job is to have confidence in your skills and knowledge, and to continue to be persistent in seeking a job in the industry you are passionate about. You must believe in yourself for this to work. You are an amazing person that has a very unique set of experiences to pull from. Sometimes you are the only one that can see the full potential of something, but that vision might change the way other people see the world completely. The first person to suggest a full-length computer animated movie was almost immediately fired after presenting his idea to Disney. He had confidence that it would ultimately be a success. John Lasseter remained persistent in staying in the industry (Pixar) and was rewarded by forever changing the foundation of movie production, and creating the first full-length computer animated film, Toy Story.

In a society filled with everyone “following” people (even things) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it is a breath of fresh air to see unique and intriguing ideas being generated out of genuine passion. People (and especially potential employers) can see right through the fluff that others parade around in order to get what they want. Being confident in your passion and abilities within an industry, and following that with persistence will bring you to the front of the line when it comes to landing a dream job. 

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