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How to Land Your Dream Job - 7 WinterWyman Experts Weigh-in

We asked our WinterWyman recruiters what advice they would give to people who are passionate about landing their dream jobs. Here’s what our experts had to say!

Jenna Bartolomei, Contract Staffing

Stay connected! Referrals are one of the best ways to get into a company that you’re interested in and land your dream job. Maintain a large network of people within your field via LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, and leverage that network when you’re on the job hunt. Stay in touch, even when you’re not looking, by sharing relevant industry articles or market data. You can even just drop a line to say hello. That way if you start looking, you’re not reaching out to a contact out of the blue.

Brian Beaudry, Contract Staffing

The key to landing the job of your dreams is to not have a “dream job.” The idea of a pre-packaged dream scenario can be a serious restriction in your search, and restrictions are the enemy of a successful job hunt. I recommend identifying what you really need out of a job to feel engaged and fulfilled. This could be things like company culture, work life balance, compensation, industry, etc.  These elements usually exist in a number of different opportunities. If you can build flexibility into your search, you’re more likely to find a role that fulfills your wants and needs. This will allow you to turn many real life opportunities into dream scenarios.  

Patty Coffey, Search

Have a clear and realistic view of what your dream job is. Once you have formulated that image, talk to your mentors, career coaches and recruiters, and ask their opinions.  Also, remember that your dream job might not be realistic at this present time. You may have to take a few steps now in order for it to be feasible down the road. Either way, keep an open mind and be patient.

Sarah Connors, Contract Staffing

Tell the hiring manager that this is the job of your dreams. If you act like this is just an interview or role like any other, the recruiter won’t know how strongly you feel about the opportunity. Use specific examples and let him or her know why you’re excited about this role. Your energy will likely be infectious, and your reasons could make you stand out from the crowd.

WinterWyman Recruiter, Contract Staffing

If your dream job is with a particular company, connect with internal recruiters there. Find out who they are and introduce yourself. Recruiters are the gatekeepers of a company, and often times have the power to get your resume from the application queue to the desk of a hiring manager. Additionally, recruiters are not shy about connecting on LinkedIn! Connect with them or email them your resume, and explain why you’re interested in the company. They may not get back to you right away, but when the right role opens up, you may get the call for the dream job you’ve been waiting for.

WinterWyman Recruiter, Search

Know your skills and how to package them to make yourself the most attractive candidate. Make sure your resume is polished, prepare an elevator pitch, show passion for what you do, and present yourself with confidence. Companies want to hire people who will make them money, streamline process, and add positive energy to the team. To find your dream job, be that person!

Tonya Salerno, Contract Staffing

Identify what it is that actually makes it a “dream job.” Maybe it’s the day-to-day responsibilities, the culture and lifestyle, or the mission or product you’re supporting. It starts from understanding what it is you want, and why the job is ideal. Anything worthwhile is never easy, so prepare your resume so that it highlights the requirements of the position. Also, spend some time researching the company and its employees before you step into the interview.