You’ve likely heard the saying, do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Landing your dream job takes some serious hard work. Here’s a few tips that will help you make the impossible dream, your next reality.

Get to Work on Your Dream

1. Know Who You Are– No matter what you’re good at, if you don’t enjoy it you won’t experience any personal reward, besides the consistent paycheck or the corporate benefits. You need to find out who you are and align that with your natural talents and experience. Ideally, you should go through this stage prior to continued education, but hey- it’s never too late to pick up and change your life.

2. Be Realistic– Everyone dreamt of one day being a rock star, an actress, or perhaps even a veterinarian. Big dreams can be hard to achieve, so don’t live your life envisioning your name in the lights. Instead, work hard every single day toward achieving your goals, and improving your performance at your current job. Remember hard work always pays off, so be realistic about what needs to be done, and then have the discipline to do it.

3. Network– Thanks to the abundance of social media and professional network sites, there’s never been a better time or way to land your dream job. Keep your resume current on some of the larger employment sites, and stay active on LinkedIn. Add new connections as you see fit and keep your personal contact information up to date. You never know when the perfect opportunity will knock, so be prepared.

4. Never Give Up– Even if you’ve been told your entire life that your career goals are unrealistic, you should never let that stop you from achieving them. Take pride in your work and learn to see every setback or failure as an opportunity to grow and evolve in your work. Giving up on a dream ensures it will never come to fruition.

5. Be grateful– It’s often in the midst of our current job that we begin believing the grass might be greener somewhere else. If you need to figure out whether your current job is making you thrive or holding you back, look no further than from within. How fulfilled are you with your career? What would you change if you could, and are you just being ungrateful and perhaps burnt out on your work assignments? Maybe it’s time for a mini-vacation or a mid-day break before you decide to throw in the towel and opt for a new job.

Landing the career of your dreams takes direction. If you don’t know where you want to go, how will you ever know if you’ve arrived?

Rather than make a huge or drastic change to your professional life, meet with your employer and discuss some of the current challenges you have in your role. Mention what tasks or goals might be more rewarding in the long run, and see if you can make your current position your dream job, with a little push in the right direction.

If you’re new to the job market or seeking work after a long break, you should always refresh your resume and include all your most pertinent work. Your resume will help you shine and when it comes to being recruited or selected for that next big gig, put yourself in the running,

Landing your dream job means getting your head out of the clouds and focused on work. That’s the reason pursuing your dreams isn’t exactly free, but it’s worth everything to be happy.

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