How to Land Your Dream Job: A Step-by-Step Guide

When you look through listings of job vacancies online or in the paper and realize that you have no idea where to go or what to do next, keep in mind that anything can be accomplished with proper guidance.

Whether you’re a fresh graduate seeking your first job or a seasoned professional planning to change career paths, you should use all the help you can get to land your dream job. Reach out to that old friend who offered a helping hand or simply expand your network through recruitment firms. If it takes you closer to achieving your goals, grab the opportunity with a grateful heart.

To help you in your job-seeking journey, we have compiled six steps that are simple and very easy to follow:

Step #1: Know What You Want

The very first step in landing your dream job is to know what you want. After all, you can’t possibly get your dream job if you haven’t identified what it is in the first place.

To achieve this, you can do a personality test that can help you decipher which career path you are cut out for. You may also try to ask yourself some questions that will help you determine your preferences, such as:

  • What do I want to do if I had to work on a Saturday?
  • What do I want to be known for when I retire?
  • What do I love to do the most even if no one asked me to?

You can also try recalling how your teacher described you when you were in kindergarten or the types of activities you loved to do as a student. These things will help you understand what you’re passionate about and, therefore, help you come closer to pinpointing your dream job.

Step #2: Pen an Industry-Specific Resume and Cover Letter

After identifying your dream job, you can now start with the preliminaries of job seeking: writing an awesome resume and cover letter. Preparing these two documents is very easy since you have the option of using templates and copying samples online. However, that doesn’t mean that your output is guaranteed to help you land your dream job.

When composing your resume and cover letter, it is strongly advised that you do it in a way that is most appropriate for the industry you are planning to enter. One tip you can follow is to create a resume and cover letter based on a specific job you want to apply for. This will help you get a better grasp of what relevant details you can include in the documents and the order in which you should present the information.

Step #3: Create an Online Presence

The Internet is now an integral part of the selection process for most companies, so there is a high probability that your dream company may prefer people with a strong online presence in the specific niche or industry. To build one, you must maximize social media pages and websites that offer a platform for making online portfolios, which are especially useful for visual and graphics-related careers.

Step #4: Reach Out to a Recruiter

Sometimes, your own network won’t be enough for you to find your dream job. When you find yourself in a bind, you should consider reaching out to a recruitment agency that can serve as a bridge between you and the career path you wish to take.

Step #5: Submit Your Application and Credentials

After you have identified your ideal career, prepped your papers, beefed up your online presence, and finished expanding your network until your dream job is within arm’s reach, you can now submit your application.

Aside from the interview, this is probably the step in the application process that will take a lot of your courage. However, you shouldn’t shy away from your goal, especially if you know that you are qualified and have the perfect skill set for the job.

Step #6: Follow Up (If They Haven’t Called You Yet)

No, following up isn’t a sign of desperation if you know how to do it right.

When writing a follow-up email, make sure to maintain the same level of interest and enthusiasm you conveyed in your cover letter. This will help the recruiter or HR manager realize what they’ve been missing when they didn’t respond to you. A follow-up also serves as a reminder for when they accidentally missed your message.

Ready to Join the Job Market?

Knowledge is the key to succeeding in any goal, but it is especially true when hunting for your dream job. Make your application count by following this step-by-step guide.


David Mackenzie, a recruitment professional with over 20 years’ experience in the field and a record of entrepreneurial accomplishment, is Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones. As the Group MD, David is responsible for the overall direction of the Mackenzie Jones Group, including Mackenzie Jones, MumsAtWork, MENA Solutions, Simply Digital and ThinkTech.