Designing Your Dream Job (Pt 2)

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What is a dream job?

As much as I wish to crown a universal definition on it, it’s challenging. My interpretation of a dream job is certainly going to be different from yours, given the mindset, career path, and personal needs vary from person to person. But if there is one thing that I know at the minimum, it will be to work hard and smart to get where I want to be. There’s no free lunch after all.

In this chapter, Bill and Dave shared a few tidbits as we navigate dream jobs in real life.

People. It’s always the People.

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Working hard or hardly working?

Continuing from Chapter 7 where we read the World Wide Web ought not be the one and only place to look for jobs, the authors emphasized the importance of participating in a truly human network that will breed conversations and professional relationship. Personally, networking events sometimes strike me as something that simply keeps a group of business professionals in a common room and let them freely mingle. At the end of the night, all you get is a stack of business cards that could be left untouched at the bottom of your cardholder. This can be somewhat mundane.

Instead of getting stuck in this situation, initiating meaningful conversations and asking for directions and stories that are of your interest may get you places. Leveraging established networks could help gather professional advice from insiders, facilitate referrals to other sources, and open up new career options. Over the past year, I founded a women network within my company that I truly experienced more benefits than the above and hope to share with you here next time.

What really captivated me in this chapter is that people don’t hire resumes, they hire people. Spot on! No matter how top-notch your resume looks on the paper, it is only a piece of paper if you aren’t proactive or observant about exploring more about the offers or organizations per se. By expressing genuine curiosity and digging through layers, you might uncover latent wonderfulness and ultimately land at somewhere that is originally dismissed as unfit.

Summing Up

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There is no particular homework for us regarding dream job in this chapter, but I look forward to sharing my experience in networking events and key takeaways of what works and what doesn’t in two weeks. Have you participated in any networks before? How did you enjoy connecting with talents that share the same passion with you? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below and come back for Keith’s next week.

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