To get what you truly want, you first need to know what you want. Sounds a bit convoluted but to be able to land your dream job, you need to have a crystal clear idea of what that dream job is, or you’ll never find it.
Finding that perfect job is a lot of work, and that’s no secret. Whether you’re fresh out of residency, have been in the same job for years, or are ready to take that leap of faith and apply for that desirable position at your dream institution–finding it and working to get it can be daunting and exhausting.
With hundreds of job boards and recruiters, not to mention the stiff competition, finding where to start and how to go about it can get a bit overwhelming. While creating a targeted resume, writing the perfect cover letter, and building a strong personal brand are all important to finding your dream job, it’s equally crucial to not lose yourself in the job search process.
7 Tips On How To Find Your Dream Job
Finding your dream job is a job in itself. However, with a clear objective and a structured approach, you can achieve that dream. Here are seven simple yet effective tips on how you can find and land your dream job.
1. Answer The Question – “What Is My Dream Job”
What position are you looking for? Are you looking at a specific city or at a specific institution? Narrowing down your choices will help you get a more focused and clear picture. Stanford Medical shared a roadmap that can help you better navigate this search by answering a few questions:
- What are your areas of scientific/clinical interest?
- Do you prefer a surgical, medical, or mixed specialty?
- What times of activities do you want to engage in?
- How much patient contact and continuity do you prefer?
- What type of patient population would you like to work with?
- How important is work/life balance?
- How important is earning potential?
Answering these questions can help you find a path and eventually your dream job.
2. Identify Your Career Values
Knowing what your career values are will help you look in the right direction and it’ll also help you better articulate why you’re an ideal candidate for that position. It’ll help you add that extra layer of value to your answer where you’ll not just be saying, “this is a great role and I think I’ll be good at it.” You’ll be able to add more value to your response with something such as:
Based on my skills and interests, in my dream job, I would want to give that additional care to patients ideally in a hospital where I get the perfect balance of independence and support. These are both really important to me, and I’m excited to see that they seem to be equally important to this hospital. I value this quality in particular—it’s the reason I’m so excited to be interviewing for this position.
3. Give It All Your Energy
Job hunting is not a side activity; it’s a full-time job. You’ll have to plan your days and weeks into building a targeted resume and crafting a meaningful cover letter to be able to qualify to the next round.
Ensure to schedule time and work diligently on each and every aspect of your job application. Don’t underestimate the importance of taking breaks and indulging in stress-relieving activities. Finding your dream job should be an exciting process and if you’re stressed, it’ll most likely reflect in your application and that won’t help you build your dream career.
For sake of simplicity, you can batch the whole process. The Bagg Group, a Toronto-based agency, suggests breaking down your job hunt by separating different tasks into batches of the same activity.
Here’s what that might look like:
Day 1: Spend a block of time going through all the job postings and save links to jobs that you really think you might enjoy.
Day 2: Spend time looking at your initial list and weed out the jobs that aren’t actually a good fit for you.
Day 3: This is a customizing day. Tweak both your resume and cover letter so it uses the same keywords as the job posting and highlights the qualifications they are looking for that you have. Send off each application after you’ve customized it so you don’t accidentally send a customized resume to the wrong employer.
Day 4: Restart the process.
Using the “batching” method helps improve focus and productivity by completing one task instead of just multitasking. Organize your days and limit the amount of time you spend on looking for, and applying to jobs, so you stay motivated.
4. Look In The Right Places
There are a ton of job boards, agencies and services that will help you with your job hunt, so many in fact, that it might be overwhelming or daunting. Listed below are a few useful resources we may find the easiest to navigate through.
It’s up to you if you’d prefer to use an agency, or apply directly. The main thing to remember is to only apply for jobs that really spark your interest. Remember, wherever you end up working is going to determine a lot about your overall progress, stress and work-life balance; so think twice before applying and a third time before accepting a job offer.
Here are some popular recruitment sites across Canada:
Alberta Recruitment Sites
BC Recruitment Sites
Ontario Recruitment Sites
5. How to Use LinkedIn To Find Your Dream Job
You may wonder how to use LinkedIn to find your dream job. LinkedIn is more than just a real estate to house your online resume. Through joining groups, posting articles, and engaging with other healthcare professionals from the industry, you can be on the radar.
LinkedIn is a great job board to search both in detail or for broad results across the country. Not only can you use it for applying to specific jobs but you can follow hospitals, clinics or workplaces you’d like to work at and try to connect. Once you learn the tricks on how to use LinkedIn to find your dream job, you’ll realise how fantastic a platform it truly is.
There are numerous medical groups and networking resources that will help you advertise yourself. Just make sure your profile is up to date and use it actively; you never know who might stumble across it.
6. Start Networking Actively
The role of good networking in career growth can’t be emphasized enough. Try connecting with relevant people including those who hold the same designation, work in the same sector, or are employed by your dream institution. They can be of great help by introducing you to others in their professional circle and helping you get a foot in the door.
Word of mouth and networking are still very popular ways to find out about new job opportunities. If you’ve enjoyed the places you’ve already worked or volunteered at, ask about current job opportunities or future positions.
If there’s nothing available go ahead and ask for a referral, recommendation or some good old-fashioned advice. Talking to people about what you’re looking for and what type of work you’d love to do is a great way to start networking and getting feelers for what’s out there.
7. Be Well Prepared For The Interview
As a candidate, it’s nearly impossible for you to predict the questions you’ll be asked at the interview, but you can prepare for some expected ones. Dress well, speak confidently and display a positive and open body language.
Remember to have a good career story—one that ties up all your past experiences and leads to what you intend to do in the future in a clear, crisp, and precise manner.
Choosing a job that is close to your existing skill set and your career ambition will increase your chances of getting it.
While finding your dream job is a challenging process, it surely is rewarding once you land it. The question is how do you find it? Your dream job will certainly not fall into your lap. What’s needed is a clear objective and proactive approach that’s backed by hard work and a smart job search strategy. Use your network and platforms such as LinkedIn to get noticed and build your brand. It’s your cumulative work that eventually helps you land that dream job.