How to Get a Dream Job Fast!

Susan Dansby

Susan Dansby

Here’s the  How Did You Get That Job? way:

  1. Give Your Dream Job a Title.
  2. Identify Your Favorite Skills.
  3. Tell People the Kind of Dream Job You’d Like.
  4. Get Information about the Dream Job.
  5. Talk to a Person with the Power to Hire You for the Dream Job.
  6. Get the Skills You Lack.
  7. Apply for the Dream Job You Want.

This way works. I know that for a fact, because I’ve gotten great jobs using this system. I’ve also gotten okay jobs in this much less effective, longer, boring, annoying way:

  1. See what jobs are available that even sort of, maybe, kind of, you could do.
  2. Send your resume to those places (even places you’d hate to work).
  3. Wait for a response.
  4. If you get an interview, go and do your best to convince them you’re perfect for a job you don’t particularly want, but will settle for.
  5. Wait for a response.
  6. And wait.
  7. And wait.

The shortest time it’s taken me to get a job my way is four months – putting in an average of one hour a day. Yep, one hour a day. Don’t think that’s very fast? The average job search now takes 19-22 weeks! But wait. There’s more.

Let’s compare that to a job search I read about recently in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where one Georgia job hunter has been searching for 28 months!

Typical Job Search

Dream Job Search

Job Sought:
Information Technology Manager 

Job Sought:
Television Director 

Advertised Job Openings
(Atlanta, GA 10/10
Information Technology: 273
Management: 218 

Advertised Job Openings
(Los Angeles, CA
Pick a month, any month, the number remains the same)

Resumes sent in 28 months:

Resumes sent in 4 months:

Jobs Offered
after 28-month search:

Jobs Offered
after 4-month search:
(2 Television Director jobs, and a Creative Consultant job.
And, yes, I accepted all three)

To what do I owe my success? I had something going for me the Information Technology Manager job searcher didn’t have. A piece of information that was essential in how I approached my job search. Here it is:

The way to get a great job is
to get it before there is a job opening.

The world has changed. Jobs are fewer and farther between – not just in my competitive industry – in every field and industry. Using the old methods with new technology (computers that disqualify you sight unseen) will get you nowhere fast.

By the way, that seventh step up there? Apply for the Dream Job You Want? This system is so effective that at the end of both job searches, I was offered a job without asking for it.

And here’s the added bonus to the How Did You Get That Job? system: Two job searches netted me 26 years worth of dream jobs.

I’ve had nearly two dozen different dream jobs during that time, from Production Assistant to Director to Associate Head Writer. But I haven’t had to do a formal job search in over 20 years because of the connections I made during my job searches and the jobs I got as a result.

Ready to get back to work, and maybe even enjoy what you’ll do? Buy How Did You Get That Job? today.

About Susan Dansby

Susan Dansby has received four Emmy® Awards and two Writers Guild Awards for her work on the soap opera, AS THE WORLD TURNS. She is the author of HOW DID YOU GET THAT JOB? MY DREAM JOBS AND HOW THEY CAME TRUE.
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