Remember Your Dream Job? Pursue Your Happiness

17 Apr

I still remember my kindergarten teacher asking every student what we wanted to be when we grow up. Somewhere along the way, most of us settle for something else; we get so caught up in the day-to-day grind that we put off our dreams. Our job’s time commitment can get in the way of job searching, which is a continuous chore. It’s a viscous cycle, and it’s hard to get out of.

To help those looking for a place to start or move his or her current search forward, I will discuss the following:

1) Build a Network of Contacts

2) Revamp the Résumé and Cover Letter

3) Follow Up

The most important of these three to finding your dream job is building a large network of contacts. Letting these contacts know what you are capable of and what you are interested in may land you an interview regardless of an opening.

Build a Network of Contacts

Contacts can range from classmates to businesspeople. Every person can prove to be helpful in the future, so widening your circle of friends and acquaintances as much as possible is significant. Classmates are an easy place to start by building on friends and then friends of friends. Although they may not be in an influential hiring position now, they may be in the future. Professors are another great place to build your network because they can directly hear of employment opportunities from hiring executives. By keeping up with college professional groups such as Alpha Kappa Psi or with community organizations such as charities, you can meet the leaders and businesspeople of your industry. Any exposure is better than none, and the networking can be beneficial now and in the future.

Revamp the Résumé and Cover Letter

Having a professional résumé and a sincere, interested cover letter will take you far in the interview process. A clean résumé and effective cover letter shows your communication skills, and every employer knows the value of communication. To effectively show your communication skills, keep your résumé simple and easy to follow by using larger font headlines and indenting your content.

Follow Up

After the interview, the interviewer will usually tell you when they will tell you the results. If they don’t get back to you by then, wait two days to send a follow up email. Sending a follow up email shows interest, and waiting a few days gives them space.

An individual’s job may not define who that individual is, but it sure affects that individual’s quality of life. Remember Confucius’ words: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

by Shailesh Choubey


7 Responses to “Remember Your Dream Job? Pursue Your Happiness”

  1. Lyndsey Douglas April 18, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    Interesting post, Shailesh! It’s definitely easy to lose sight of your dreams with the stress and pressure of school and other activities. Maintaining a strong network of contacts is crucial to gain insight into different career opportunities. Sincerely following up with people is just as important as building the original relationships. You never know who will have a job opening for you in the future!

    • Shailesh Choubey April 23, 2012 at 5:20 am #

      Thank you Lyndsey. My friend actually got referred by his old boss for a new internship this summer, which goes to show making a good impression can help in the future.

  2. Connie Chen April 19, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    I thought this post was useful and interesting, Shailesh! The steps for the job and internship search are actually more clear-cut than most people first think, and your post did a good job of laying that out. That being said, jobs in any business field are influenced by who you know, and whoever said “business is all about networking” said it right. It’s especially important for business school students to get involved in student groups an organizations as a means of starting to build a solid, reliable network.

  3. Valerie Huang April 21, 2012 at 3:36 am #

    Some people know exactly what they want to do when they graduate, while others take some time to explore and gradually discover their interests and strengths. Building a wide network and building it early are especially helpful for those who are open to possibilities.

  4. Christina Sukhu April 23, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    I’ve found that many people advise growing your network if you want to open yourself up to more opportunities. I agree that networking is a crucial activity, but I’m stumped as to where and who to start with. Also, I’d be interested in some tips on networking because it’s an intimidating activity for many people, especially introverts.

    • Shailesh Choubey April 23, 2012 at 5:24 am #

      Well start with your friends, especially those in the same field as you!

      It does take an effort to reach out to others, but if you keep it professional than you should not be intimidated. It might take you out of your comfort zone, but it’s good to grow!

    • Kate Sanner April 27, 2012 at 12:43 am #

      I was just at a lecture on networking and one of the recommendations they gave to introverts was to start small. It is important to form close relationships with people and this can be done in a one-on-one setting. Thus, as an introvert, make an effort to reach out to one person and spend some time getting to know them. You can also take comfort in the fact that there are many other introverts out there who are just as nervous to approach you as you are to approach them. Good luck! networking is something we all must work on everyday.

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