If you’ve ever struggled to figure out what you want to do with your life, a career or personality test can help you see your options. However, not all career tests are created equally. Most give you 3-5 potential job titles that may work for you, or they give you a general personality type that you then have to research on your own. Career Fitter is much different than any career or personality test I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot!

Career Fitter advertises that they’re both a personality and a career test. Instead of relying on Myers-Briggs or your job skills, it combines what you like to do with how you prefer to react in work-related situations, then takes that information and recommends careers in medicine, academia, corporations, and general career fields. Even more, Career Fitter does the research for you. For each recommended career, they provide an analysis and video. You also receive detailed information about your test results and what you should look for in a career to meet your individual needs. 

The Test

It’s free to take Career Fitter’s career and personality test. It’s 60 questions long, and it takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. The questions are straight-forward, either/or type questions about your preferences in the work place. 

Career Fitter test questions about work personality

I had a hard time answering some of the questions. On Myers-Briggs, I’m an INTJ, so I already know that I’m strategic and a “big picture” person. One question asked me whether I get the most satisfaction from creating or completing a project, and that’s a tough one. I usually have a love/hate relationship with creating a project; as in, I love to hate it. It’s an intense process for me and I feel overwhelming relief when a project is done. So, I chose “completing” but I’m not sure that was really the right answer.

But then, with this kind of test, there isn’t really a “right” answer so much as a “most right” answer. If you’re stuck between two choices, just choose the one that is true for you most of the time. Human beings are complicated, and this test knows that. That’s why there’s 60 questions instead of 6.

Initial Career Fitter Results

Career Fitter’s free analysis briefly describes your test results. They tell you about your personality, and tease that they’ve found dozens of jobs that will fit your personality and preferences. 

My results showed that I’m (surprise!) a “big picture” person, who is “calm, confident, and analytical.” I’m not sure about the “calm and confident”—it’s one of my daily struggles not to go through life as a stressed-out hot mess—but I’m definitely analytical. I’ve been told I project confidence at work, so that’s probably true. I’m cool-headed in a crisis, so that might be the “calm.” Either way, it’s an interesting teaser.

My strength is supposed to be “strategic system design,” which makes sense since I’m both a college professor and an instructional systems designer. They’ve hit the nail on the head!

The teaser continues as career fitter tells me they’ve found 32 jobs that fit my profile, and one of them had an average salary of $208,000 last year! If you’re interested in my complete “free” results, I’ve saved them in a PDF for you: Katie’s Free Career Fitter Test Results

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At the end of the free report, Career Fitter offers to show your full report for around $12. That’s less than two cups of coffee at Starbucks, and I was impressed with the sample report on their website, so I bought it. It was totally worth it!

The full report is HUGE! It’s well organized, too, with a table of contents on the left side of the screen. It gives you a label; mine is “Developer.” From there, it walks you through a summary, career suggestions, personality details, your ideal business environment, and famous people like you, and more. 

My summary includes a line that I’m “Skeptical, Independent, Original, Logical, Non-Conforming, Rational, Analytical, Objective, Aloof, Ingenious, Inventive, Resourceful, and Enjoy Complexity.” I truly don’t enjoy a lot of complexity, but I do seem to attract it. It’s a great joke of the universe. Everything else is dead-on true. 

After the summary is a C-FAR chart showing my work personality characteristics.

Then, Career Fitter gives the most comprehensive list of career possibilities I’ve ever seen in this kind of test. Three of the jobs on the list are jobs I actually do, too. There’s great suggestions that I wouldn’t have considered on my own. It’s the career personality test results I wish I would have seen when I was in college. It would have saved me a lot of strife.

Each career has a link to information about the career field, and a video telling more about the career. It’s a good basis for your career research, and a great way to identify possible dream jobs.

Most helpful for career seekers is a section on the report called “Occupational Factors.” Here, you’ll see the traits a job needs to have in order to bring you satisfaction. So, if you’re ever in the position of deciding between two jobs, or figuring out if a job is right for you, here’s a list of exactly the factors a job must have for you to set yourself up for success.

Overall Impressions of Career Fitter

While the free Career Fitter report is very general, the full report is a major asset at any point in your career. If you’re feeling stunted in your career, taking the Career Fitter test will help you see possibilities, which is invaluable. At $11.98, Career Fitter is a steal, and I highly recommend it.

If you aren’t sure if Career Fitter is right for you, check out my full report before you make a decision. Rest assured that Career Fitter’s report looks much better than my PDF!: Katie’s Career Fitter Full Report

Try your own free Career Fitter report, and let me know what you think about your results in the comments below!

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If you have dreams of working abroad, there are a few things you can do to prepare. Before you start packing your bags, you need to get your job application materials in order. You’ll do best in your oversea career journey if you have interviews scheduled before you get there, or better yet, you already have a job! Here are a few things you can do to prepare for your job search in a foreign country:

Apply for an Exceptional Talent Visa

If you are planning on working in a country where you are not a native citizen, you are going to have to apply for a visa. However, if you feel that you are particularly skilled in your area of work or specialism, you should consider taking tier 1 exceptional talent guidance. Any individual who is considered to be particularly gifted or competent in any area of the sciences, arts, humanities, medicine, digital technology, or engineering is eligible to apply for a tier 1 exceptional talent visa.

There are two categories when it comes to this visa. If you already established in your field and have proof of your worth to the new nation’s economy or culture, you count as a recognized leader with exceptional talent. If you are still emerging in your field, you are an emerging leader holding exceptional promise and will also be eligible. Securing this type of visa will show potential employers that you have been granted a visa solely on your merit and will encourage them to take you on.

Craft a CV

In the USA, we predominately use resumes as our introductory “here’s my career story” document. Our resumes are edited down to just what matters for the job at hand. We keep it focused, short, and to the point. However, in foreign countries, you may be asked for a curriculum vitae, or CV for short. 

A CV lists all of your experience, education, awards, presentations, and other career experience. It can be quite lengthy—most are 3-5 pages. Be aware, though, that not every employer will want your CV. Read the job ad carefully and decide whether you should submit at CV or a resume.

If you do need to submit your resume, keep it neat and succinct. Ditch your resume’s objective and replace it with a professional summary or profile. If you include too much information on your resume, employers are likely to feel inconvenienced and miss the important information that you need to get across. So, make use of online resume templates to ensure your resume is easy to read. You find templates for CV’s, too. 

Write a Polite Cover Letter

Your cover letter is exceptionally important when you’re applying for a foreign job, especially if you’re submitting a super-long CV. It’s your introduction to the employer, and it should be culturally sensitive. Some cultures expect a “softer” introduction, where others expect a direct approach witha call to action.Do you research before you submit your application materials.

No matter what, keep your cover letter polite. Use “please” and “thank you,” always. 

Your cover letter should highlight how your work experience meets the needs the employer listed in the job advertisement. If you have a visa already, you could include this information in your concluding paragraph. 

Line up Your References

Not all positions require a reference. However, it’s a good idea to have some ready. A good reference will essentially give the employer a green light to hire you. No matter how competent or qualified someone may be on paper, there is still a chance that they may not be a good employee. Perhaps they are unreliable, not turning up to shifts or arriving late regularly. Maybe they have a poor work ethic or a bad attitude. They might simply not work well with colleagues and always bring tension or a negative atmosphere to the workplace. A good reference will prove that you are none of these things and that you will form a valuable part of your potential new employer’s company, giving them confidence in offering you a position.

You Need a Portfolio 

Without a doubt, you need an online portfolio that makes you shine. Foreign employers will want to see your talents before taking a chance on you, and they aren’t likely to wait for you to take a week to put something together. 

However, you don’t want to rush through just throwing something together. Your portfolio should show off your achievements in their best light. So, make sure that it is ready before you are even asked for it.

You can create an online portfolio inexpensively with WordPress or Weebly without knowing anything at all about web design. There are no excuses for not having a portfolio. 

Focus on Specific Countries and Know Their Customs

If you’re sitting in front of your computer dreaming of escaping your current work situation, you need to get clear on where it is you want to go, and then you need to research as much as you can about your chosen countries. Just wanting to go anywhere at all will make your job search difficult. Instead, narrow your search down to 2-3 countries, and make sure you know everything there is to know about those countries’ professional etiquette. 

For example, in some countries, it is customary to spent the first ten minutes of a meeting talking about non-work related topics. If you know this custom, you can prepare ahead of time to talk about neutral topics before jumping into why you’re the perfect person for the job. Strategy is everything in finding a job abroad, so make sure you understand your target countries before you apply for a job.

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Summer is quickly fading—what strides have you made towards landing your dream job? Before the sun sets on the magnificent summer days, you should do something (anything!) to strengthen your chances of landing the job you want.

Finding your dream job is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. You have to prepare for it. Visualize it. Make small, consistent efforts to position yourself in the right place at the right time and with the people with the power to give you the job you want. There’s still time to take small actions this summer that will pay off big later.

Make a Definitive Career Decision

We all go through times when we aren’t sure what we want to do with our lives. It’s part of career exploration, and it’s completely normal. If you are still in this part of your career path, you aren’t exactly ready to pursue your dream job because you don’t know what your dream job is.

You know you’re ready to pursue your dream job when it’s all you can think about. When you find that perfect career, you know it. You see it in your mind’s eye. You talk about it with everyone you meet. You look for opportunities to get closer to your goal, and opportunities continue to present themselves for you.

If you aren’t there yet, spend your time this summer researching potential dream jobs. For example, if you love sailing, look into yacht jobs. If you love singing, look into jobs at theme parks or local theaters that will allow you to express your passion. Take a personality quiz and see what jobs are recommended for your personality type. Volunteer with different organizations and try a variety of jobs on for size. Keep searching until you find something that feels right to you.

Create a Sparkling Resume

A sparkling resume alone is not going to snag you your dream career, but it’s certainly going to set you in the right direction. If you’ve chosen your dream job, start researching resumes for other people in that industry. Look at their LinkedIN profiles and figure out what the people doing the job you want have in common. Likely, they have similar education and a similar skill set.

To make your resume stand out from the crowd, ditch Word’s standard templates and buy a unique, inexpensive template on Etsy. Artists there create resumes with color and professional formatting that will make you look like you know exactly what you’re doing. All you need is good word-smithing and you’re well on your way to your dream job.

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Always Be Networking

If you know exactly what your dream job is, the best thing you can do to ensure you land it is to network. You should be making an effort to meet at least two people who can help you with your career every week. You should be following people on LinkedIN who already do your dream job. Heading to job fairs and landing interviews is an important part of this process, too.

You can network anywhere. If you’re still in college, network with your professors and students in the same major field. Ask them to make introductions for you. Don’t feel like you’re imposing by making this request—you will return the favor later when you’re in the position to help someone in your industry.

Jarell and I have even networked at the grocery store. You never know when you’re going to meet someone who can help you along your path. Always be ready. If you have an online portfolio, spend a few dollars to have business cards made with your contact info and a link to your portfolio so you can hand them out during “surprise” networking conversations. Always be ready to make a connection.

Be Persistent

The concept of GRIT is making its way in the conference circle right now, so make sure you are persistent and know what employers want from their employees. You will face setbacks—they are part of life. How you handle those setbacks largely determines how successful you are in life and your career. Persevere over your obstacles at every opportunity.

This summer, to work on your persistence, find an inspiration of some sort. Find a role model who was successful and beat the odds. Having this will help you keep focused in the tough times.

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We all hear a lot about “following our bliss” and pursuing our dream job in today’s world of upbeat songs and Instagram inspirational photos.

This is, of course, a good thing. Everyone wants to do something that they enjoy and find meaningful, with their lives, and it’s definitely better to put yourself out there and to try your best at a worthwhile goal than to leave it alone and forever wonder if you could have made it up.

But what does it take to really pursue your dream job, anyway? If you wanted to know how to become an air ambulance paramedic, or a successful author, what would you need to know? And how would you go about turning those dreams into reality?

Here are a few traits you’ll need to pursue your dream job and have a good chance of achieving it, too.

Awareness and Insight

The first thing you need in order to achieve your dream job is awareness and insight.

You need to spend a good deal of time thinking about what exactly you want to achieve with your life, and how you want to spend your time. This has to be something that is deeply personal to you.

If you think you may kind of want to be a millionaire, because you know that millionaires can buy a lot of nice stuff, then you’re not approaching this exercise with the right mindset.

Once you’ve identified your dream job, analyze yourself. What character traits will you need in order to achieve this dream? And which negative habits and traits will you need to let go of in order to make it work?

Courage and Commitment

Pursuing something big, ambitious, and statistically unlikely to succeed, is a daunting task. In order to keep your spirits up, and to drive on through and win against the odds, you’ll need courage and commitment.

You’ll need to remind yourself on a regular basis why you want to achieve this goal, and you’ll need to visualize and feel it, deeply.

You’ll also need to have enough grit to push on through when the days are grinding, and when progress seems slow or nonexistent.

In other words, you’ll need the courage the venture out into the unknown, day after day, and the commitment to keep moving towards your goal when the road proves bumpier than you expected.

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Humility and Patience

Various life coaches, productivity gurus, and self-help figures will use the term “beginner’s mind” to refer the kind of mindset you should adopt to have the greatest possible chance of success in your undertakings.

The idea here is that you’re humble enough to assume you don’t know everything, and to be open to learning, both from other people, and from your experiences themselves.

This kind of humility is essential in pursuing and winning your dream job, because you will always be journeying from a place of less competence to a place of more competence, and leaving behind some of your preconceptions en route.

You will also need the patience to absorb the learning experiences presented by mishaps and unexpected events.

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What is a “dream job” to you? Is it the ability to work doing something you love, or is it just a job that provides financial freedom and stable income to you? Everyone has their own idea of what a dream job is, but what people often don’t realize is just how simple it can be to obtain it.

We’re not saying that it’s necessarily easy to land yourself a dream job. However, the steps you take to achieve it can be rather simple as long as you have the right plan and motivation. In this article, we’ll be discussing how you can achieve your dream job as long as you’re willing to work towards it.

1. Define Your Dream Job

Your dream job should be a part of your dream life; it’s something that you can do without thinking “ugh, Monday mornings” and it’s something you can integrate with your lifestyle. Think about the people you want to meet, the skills you want to use and the things that interest you. Brainstorm them if you have to and connect the dots to find what could be your dream job. If you don’t have an idea of the type of work you want to do for the better part of your life, then it’s going to be hard finding a source of inspiration for your dream job. In short, have a good think about what you consider to be a fantastic career opportunity and keep a note of it.

2. Start Clearing Hurdles

Once you’ve identified your dream job, it’s time to start thinking about the hurdles that are preventing you from achieving it. Is it because you don’t have the right qualifications, or is it because you have a criminal record that is preventing you from being hired? When dealing with a lack of qualifications, it’s simply a case of studying hard and learning new skills to help you find your dream job. This can involve online lessons or you might be able to land an apprenticeship in your industry of choice.

For criminal records, you can consider services such as DuffyLawCT.com/state-crimes/expungement/ to help you clean your record. Expungement will help you find better job opportunities and will make it easier for you to pass initial checks that employers typically carry out on new employees.

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3. Build Your Support System

Once you’ve identified and cleared the hurdles, it’s time to look for support. Support can come in a variety of different forms. For instance, some people consider emotional support to be the most important kind, and others believe that networking can help you find better job opportunities and can help you get your foot in the door. This guide at HelpGuide.org can teach you how to make use of networking opportunities to actually find new jobs and build relationships.

While getting a dream job is in no way easy, it’s also not the hardest thing in the world assuming you have the right support and mindset to achieve it.

In a lot of cases, you can transform your passion into a career that pays. How you do this is another matter entirely because it won’t always be simple. You have a long road ahead, and you almost certainly won’t start off at the income that you’d probably want.

Take being a writer for instance. If you love writing, you might adore the idea of being a published author. However, do be aware that the average payment for a first novel is fifteen thousand dollars. Not everyone becomes J.K. Rowling, and not everyone gets a book at the center of a Hollywood bidding war. So, let’s look at the right ways to transform your passion into a career.

You have Talent, but Can You Prove It?

You might know that you have a talent with your passion. You could have a way with words, fantastic skills in the kitchen or an awesome knack for comedy. Great, but you also need to be able to prove it, and we don’t mean in person. We mean you need something that you can put on your CV or resume that will stand out and make people take notice. This could be anything but let’s take cooking as an example. You might want to become a chef. You don’t need to go to college to do this, but you should have some qualifications. You could attend a natural food cooking school and immediately have something that shines and stands out when you’re applying for jobs.

Put Yourself Out There

The next step is making sure that you are confident enough to say: “hey, here I am, now hire me.” One of the best ways to do this would be to just set up your own website. You can use a website as a personal platform to sell yourself and what you can offer. This could be absolutely anything, but here we can look at photography. If you love photography and want it to become your new full career, set up a website to show off your photos.

But don’t stop there. You also want to make sure that you are offering people the chance to see your art. You can do this by promoting your pictures on every form of social media imaginable from Twitter to Facebook. Doing this is a great way to get attention.

Don’t Be Proud

Don’t be afraid to work for free when you’re just starting out with your passion. Work for free is a great way to get experience and make sure that you are getting some interesting work positions under your belt. This is going to make it a lot easier when you begin applying for jobs. In other words, don’t just sit it out until your dream job comes along.

Finally, don’t be afraid to use contacts. Passion careers are often notoriously difficult to find success with because they tend to be competitive. If you have contacts and use them, you’ll have the upper hand.

Landing your dream job isn’t as hard as you think it is, as long as your dream job is fairly realistic. If you dream of running your own company, you can absolutely do it. You set your goal and plan each step to reach it. Then, start working through the steps until you achieve your goal. Most dream jobs can be achieved this way.

Those who don’t achieve their dream job fail for one of three reasons:

  1. Their dream job is unrealistic (Like, “I want someone to pay me millions of dollars to shop all day”)
  2. They don’t want to put forth the effort to reach the goal
  3. They have limited thinking instead of believing in limitless possibilities

If you’re not working your dream job right now, are you taking steps to reach your goal, or are you stuck for one of these reasons? If you’re stuck, it’s likely you that is standing in the way of your dream job.

Is Your Dream Job Realistic?

When you are seven, your dream job should be wildly unrealistic. You should want to be a rock star, a movie star, a professional basketball player—you name it. These jobs are just like any other dream job, really. You can be a rock star if you learn an instrument or learn to sing, join a band, jam at the right events, hire a manager, record a record, go on tour, and keep making music for your adoring fans. These days, you may even have luck with creating a YouTube channel and finding a marketing manager that can take it viral. The problem is, this kind of dream job is a lot of work, and you will have people constantly telling you that you can’t do it. You can—you just have to be willing to put in the effort.

But what if you’re 45 and your dream job is still to be a rock star? You can still do it, but it’s a lot harder. The level of effort you will have to put into it is insurmountable for most people, and you have to overcome societal bias and stereotypes of what it is to be a rock star. It’s hard to convince the world that you’re rock ‘n roll when you’re driving a minivan. But hey, don’t stop believing. You have extra steps to reach your dream job, but they are still actionable steps.

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The problem with unrealistic dream jobs comes when you think everything will just be handed to you. If you’re the best rock singer in the entire world, but the only place you ever sing is your shower, yet you expect that one day a recording studio executive is going to corner you on the street and give you your big break, you have unrealistic expectations.

Millennials have a reputation for expecting things to be handed to them, but it’s not as generational a problem as you might think. People of all ages have unrealistic expectations, and they use them as an excuse as to why they don’t have their dream jobs. They blame luck and fate instead of the truth that they’re not willing to set their goal, list the steps to reach the goal, and start working towards it.

Yes, I just told you that you can be a rock star. Now, do you want it bad enough to do what it takes to achieve your goal? If not, it’s not your dream job—it’s just a dream.

Do You Lack the Motivation Required to Land Your Dream Job?

If you’re working a job you hate that has no logical path to any future position that will bring you what you want for your dream job, you probably lack motivation. Unless, of course, you’re paying for college or some sort of education that’s on your list of steps towards your dream job, or you’re making ends meet while applying for other positions that are on the list of steps towards your dream job. Which is it for you?

If you lack motivation, ask yourself why. Is it because you don’t think your dream job is realistic, or is it because your dream job isn’t really your dream job? Have you psyched yourself out so bad that you don’t think you can reach any goal? Or, do you just not know where to start on your path to reach your dream job?

Where to Start: Education

If you’re having trouble figuring out where to start on your dream job goal path, most likely the best place to start is with figuring out what sort of education you need to do your dream job. Start by looking on LinkedIN to see what sort of education and certifications people with your dream job have. Then, start looking for places near you or online that you can gain that education.

For example, most leaders have some sort of college degree. If you’re a woman considering a leadership role, take a look at USC’s leadership infographic for inspiration and ideas.

If your dream is to run your own beauty salon, look into beauty certification courses at your local vocational school. If you want to be the top real estate broker in town and make millions of dollars per year, look into your state’s requirements for real estate agents. If you want to be a rock star, look for music programs at local colleges.

If You’re Stuck, Network

If you have an education but aren’t sure how to use it, ask for help. You should have a LinkedIN account filled with former professors, fellow graduates, and people in the industry you want to join. Send them messages and start asking questions. Find out what has made them successful so you can figure out what your next step should be.

Talking to people is especially hard for introverts, but from one introvert to another (I’m an INTJ), you have to do it. Without networking you can never really hope to get anywhere in your career. Go to Meetup.com and find a local group dedicated to your career passion. It’s free (usually), and you’ll be amazed what you can learn over a $2 cup of coffee while talking to the right people.

Write Down Your Plan

If you need motivation, you should write down your dream job goal and the steps it will take to reach it. If you don’t know the steps, ask your network or hire a career coach. Either way, make a physical representation of what you need to do to reach your goals. Then, when you complete a step, cross it off and happy dance.

Put your step list where you can see it everyday and it can remind you of your goal and how to reach it. If you’re brave, put it on the refrigerator. If you’re shy, tape it inside a cabinet door or inside your closet door. Seeing it will help motivate you—just knowing it’s there is sometimes enough to inspire you to take the next step.

Take One Step

Remember the proverb that a journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step? That first step is often the hardest to take, but it’s also what builds momentum. Do one thing, right away, towards your dream job. Maybe it’s as simple as Googling places to take classes or signing up for Meetups, or maybe it’s applying for a job. In a year, you will remember what it was like to take that first step, and it will inspire you all the more.

What to do if You Have Limited Thinking

We are bombarded with messages that we can’t do what we want to do. Even my favorite career blogs write topics like “Don’t do What You Love.” If you wanted to be a rock star when you were 7 but gave up on the idea by the time you were 15, likely it was because someone in your life convinced you that it wasn’t going to happen for you.

Limited thinking is a problem for all of us, and it’s one we have to work at overcoming daily. The truth is, you can have anything you want if you believe it’s possible and you put in the work to get it. This isn’t just me being optimistic, either—it’s a truth repeated by successful people everywhere, from Oprah to Warren Buffet.

One strategy to help you overcome limited thinking and reach your goals is to surround yourself with people who speak positively. Love your negative friends and family, but also remember that their limited beliefs contribute to their own personal setbacks. You don’t have to follow in their footsteps. Write down your goal, and do what it takes to reach it.

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There’s no big secret to landing your dream job, even though I wish their was so I could make a billion dollars selling it. If you set your goal, plan your steps, and work to accomplish each step, your success is inevitable.

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Your dream career isn’t going to fall out of the sky and smack you on the head. You have to plan for it.

If you are completely lost and unsure how to plan your dream career, there are a few things you can do right now to identify the steps it will take to reach your goals. Once you’ve identified the steps, reaching your goals is simply a matter of completing each step!

To figure out the steps to the best career for you, try these ideas:

Research Companies in Your Chosen Industry

When you’re envisioning your dream career, picture the physical place where you’ll work when you’ve achieved your goals. Is it a corporation? A small business? A college? A hospital? An airport?

Now, from that vision, research companies that will allow you to work in your perfect location. You can Google to find companies, or surf on LinkedIN. Do your research to find out as much as you can about companies that offer your ideal work environment. You want to know about their company culture, what kind of projects they do, the different job roles within the company, and who their employees are.

Once you know who the employees are, you can follow them on LinkedIN, or at least look at the kind of skill set they have. Pay attention to their previous work experience and the degrees they hold. Make a list of common skills, education, and previous work experience you see among the workers.

After you’ve made a good list of common skills and education among employees at your target companies, start looking through their open job advertisements. Is there anything listed that you could do now to start networking within the company while you improve your skills for your dream job? If not, pay attention to the wording in the job advertisements. Are there even more skills and experience the company wants?

If you can find three companies where you’d love to work and research them thoroughly, you will see patterns in the skills, education, and work experience between their employees and their job advertisement. You will begin to form a clear picture of the skills and experience you need to gain.

Network and Ask for Advice

With a clear vision of the companies where you want to work and what skills you’ll need to get there, the next step you should take to planning the steps to your career goal is to start networking with the people who do the job you want to do. Send emails to people in the role you want and ask them if they mind talking to you over coffee or Skype. Start making connections so that you understand your dream job better. These connections can help you find internships and recommend you internal positions within their companies.

You should also consider finding a career coach. A good career coach can help you set goals, make plans, and clearly see your next steps toward your dreams.

Strengthen Your Skill Set

If you’ve researched companies in your chosen industry and networked with people doing the job that you want to do, you should have a very clear list of skills and education you need to land your dream job. Now it’s time to start gaining the skills you need.

Outside of traditional college education, companies like Training Connection offer computing courses for those wanting to boost their IT skills. You can also find workshops and certifications for almost every industry. Don’t count on your college education alone to get you a job—in most cases you will need skills outside of your degree to find your dream job.

Intern, Extern, or Volunteer

To break into your chosen industry, you will need work experience of some sort. One of things you can do if you can’t find a job is to take an internship. Believe it or not, a lot of internships are paid, and those that aren’t offer a wealth of experience and networking opportunities.

If you’re out of college or don’t feel comfortable taking an internship, look for opportunities to extern or volunteer. Contact HR departments at the companies where you want to work and ask if they’re open to volunteers. Explain that you’re trying to gain experience in the industry and you’d love to work for them. Very few places will turn down free work, so it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Plan Your Next Move

Everything on this list so far should help you clearly see the steps to at least entering the industry for your dream job. You should have actionable steps to start today to start down your career path. Your next move should be to either research companies, network with people in your industry, gain skills, or gain experience. Make a list of the steps to your dream job and start checking things off the list!

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