Landing Your Dream Job is an Art Rather than a Science
“War is an art and as such, is not susceptible of explanation by fixed formula.”
That’s the final quote I’ll leave you with from the great General Patton and ultimately, it’s where I’ve made my career after 20 plus years leading Marines. The art of landing your dream job comes with more variables than could possibly be predicted by any fixed formula. This is your dream job that we are pursuing and there may be many like it, but this one is yours.
The kind of people that pick up the phone and call me or send me an email are not the type of people who can be lulled to sleep with a 3% raise each year. Honestly, when you add annual inflation, that 3% quickly becomes 2% or even less. The kind of people I help find jobs for are audacious. They are always improving their position. I’d go so far as to say that they do their damnedest in an ostentatious manner more often than not.
The type of people that I find jobs for are the type of people who would read an article like this from the first Patton quote to the very last. That’s you and all it requires of you is “l’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace” as Napoleon would have said it. There is no prescriptive formula you can follow, but you can chase your dream job one solid decision at a time.
A Future Without Precedent Starts Today
You’ve spent some time educating yourself by reading this article and now you need to seize upon that momentum and reward your initiative. So let’s get into some very practical steps that you can start taking today.
First, I’d recommend that you evaluate your current position and truly assess how important that “gold watch” retirement ceremony is to you. Look, you can even work for a great company, but know this: I’ve seen employees leave a company only to come back years later at a much higher salary than they would have ever gotten if they stayed. That’s because 3% a year will not get you there.
Next, let’s take a solid look at your resume and ask yourself if it reflects who you currently are today. If you are always improving your position, then your resume should look very different today than it did a few years ago when you landed your current job. If not, then let’s get it ready.
Then comes the audacity. You’ve got to believe that you are a talented professional that organizations are ready to compete over. I realize that is ostentatious, but that’s exactly what the good General prescribed.
Finally, if I might be a little ostentatious myself and suggest that you give me a call or send me an email. On any given day, I’ll have prospective job seekers reach out to me and I’ll also have organizations that I’ve worked with reach out to me in pursuit of such talent. No two days in this field are ever the same and that’s why it is an art rather than a science. Be audacious. Shoot me an email and let’s see where we are today. Remember, “a good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future.” There is no better day or time to be a little audacious, than right now. Find me on LinkedIn or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.