How to get your dream job during a pandemicJan 12, 2021
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This post will benefit you if you’re tired of your current job (or have been laid off) and feel ready to get your dream job—even in a pandemic.
“I know this isn’t a good time to find a job, but I really need a change.” The number of times I have heard this from working moms in the last year is overwhelming. The news is painting a picture that has very limited job openings. And while there are certain industries suffering right now, many others are booming. Job searching during a pandemic is possible. Actually, it may be easier than you think.
I was recently asked to discuss why job seekers should be feeling optimistic about the 2021 job search. “2020 forced companies to pivot and make major changes, causing resource needs in areas they hadn’t considered before (e.g. Director of Remote Work),” I said. “I believe 2021 will be the year that job seekers can successfully pivot into new careers that actually make them feel satisfied and fulfilled at work because more employers are now open to change and a different perspective.”
I’ll take things one step further. What if you could get your dream job? Would that spruce up 2021 for you? Scoot to the edge of your seat because I’m about to tell you how to job search and get your dream job during a pandemic.
Define your dream job
The biggest mistake working moms make is deciding to make a career change and then moving straight into the job search process—especially during a pandemic. They update their dormant LinkedIn profiles and old-school resumes with the tasks they’ve done over the last several years. Fingers are crossed that the next best job will find them. After all, working moms are just plain busy. Who has time to do more than that?
But here’s the thing. If you take even a small amount of time—say 10 minutes per day—to do some reflection and self-discovery before you start searching for jobs, you will save yourself months (even years) down the line. Defining what you want is the first step toward getting your dream job during a pandemic. So, grab a journal or notebook and get ready to write.
You may have an idea of what your dream job is, but are you really confident it’s what you want? Consider these questions and actually write down your answers.
- What currently makes you happy at work?
- What currently makes you unhappy at work?
- What do you wish you had more of at work?
Getting your dream job includes more than the role itself. Decide what’s most important to you:
- Company mission
- Leadership style
- Company size
- Advancement opportunities
Here are a few other resources that will help:
Remember that your career affects every part of your life. Getting clear about your dream job will make you happier and healthier while enhancing your life and your family’s. Click here if you’re having trouble figuring out what your dream job is.
Download these journal prompts to help you learn even more about yourself and what your dream job could be.
Be open to the possibilities
The workforce is evolving like never before. New roles are being created and remote work has become the norm. Use these changes to your advantage. Many companies are basing their recruiting efforts on more than education and experience. The pandemic has brought on a need for innovation and some previous hiring rules have been thrown out the window. Soft skills and new strategies and perspectives are a big focus this year. Businesses want good people on their team that can create real change.
It may not be completely realistic to get your dream job immediately. Certain jobs do require specific training and experience. But that’s okay. Now that you know what your dream job is you can find a job that gets you going in the right direction. Let your goal be to find a job in 2021 that gets you closer to your ultimate career.
Create a career plan
“May your dreams become your plans,” says Glennon Doyle in her bestseller, Untamed (a must-read). What’s the point in having dreams if we don’t attempt to make them come true? One of the best ways to change your dream life into your reality is to put plans in place.
Want to become a social media marketer? Research how to make it happen and then create a career plan to get there. Break it down into small steps that don’t feel overwhelming. Build a timeline for yourself and stick to it. Plan your career change plan and job search into your day. Even if you only spend 10 minutes, be sure that time is scheduled so you follow through.
Plan when and how you will:
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- Get additional education or training you need
- Will you need to take a pay cut?
- Update your resume by focusing on the impact you’ve made rather than the tasks you’ve completed.
- Create a unique cover letter
- Build up your LinkedIn profile
- Work on your interview skills (it’s changing these days)
Increase your self-confidence
This is not the time to be timid. If you’re set on getting your dream job during a pandemic you’ll need to expand your network and talk to people (even when you’re not comfortable). This may require a pep talk each morning or a mindset coach that specializes in career changes to help you shift your thinking.
Your resources to get your dream job are aplenty, but you must step up and show stakeholders you are excited and capable of your next role. Now is not the time for imposter syndrome. Use this one thing to boost your confidence while job searching.
Once you have your career plan in place, you must take action to actually get your dream job. Tick off the boxes one at a time. You’ll realize that doing a little each day will add up to a lot in a short period of time. Simply follow your plan.
Spending only 30 minutes on LinkedIn each day can help tremendously. And if you need help on how to effectively navigate LinkedIn for job searching, reach out to me here.
Don’t let the media—or anyone else for that matter—make you think you need to wait until the pandemic is over to get the job of your dreams (or at least get closer). Starting is the hardest part, but you’ll be miles ahead of everyone else who is settling for the next best thing.
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