5 Ways To Get Your Dream Job

June 1st, 2010  |  by Veralyn Williams |  Published in Blog, My Two Cents

1. Find mentors: These are the people you can ask the most “naïve” or “dumb” questions to, and they will give you a serious answer, with a list of books to read and websites to visit. This can be a professor, an old boss, a friend of a friends Mom… basically anyone that will be invested in your personal and professional development.

2. Make any opportunity a networking opportunity (And always be nice to people): Anyone that knows me, knows I LOVE to network… why? Because you NEVER know who you’re talking to. I can’t tell you how many times I started a conversation with a stranger, and ended up seeing a Freelance or Temp opportunity… And if you’re not really a talker– merely asking: what do you do? Always works… then, all you have to do is listen.

3. Join Professional Organizations and Networking sites: No matter your field I’m almost certain there is an association for it, that’s working for the interests of its members. As a freelance journalist and producer I’m a NABJ (National Association of Black Journalist) member and an AIR (Association of Independents in Radio) member. And between the conferences, workshops, and daily email advice- I benefit greatly from both. (Find the association for you… and if you’re still a student hurry and do it now, there’s usually a big membership fee discount for you.) And as far as networking sites go… Facebook and Twitter are easy ways to stay connected with people and find out what they’re up to, but most recently I joined Linkedin, which is specifically for making professional connections.

4. Write your vision and make it plain: Ok, I know this is going to sound like some “The Secret” stuff, but honestly every time I write out my plans, I have a clearer vision on what it takes to get there. Plus writing you’re short-term and long-term goals is important…at least that’s what they’ve told me at the many conferences I’ve been to.

5. Find out who’s been successful at what you want to do—then—do what they did: If you’re like me, this wont be an exact science, because I want to be successful at a lot of different things… but you can think broadly. For me- I ultimately want to be a successful multi-media-maker, so of course I look to Oprah… Who’s your Oprah?

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