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New Year, New Job. How to Make Your Dream Job a Reality in 2024

If you're feeling dissatisfied or stuck in your current job role and want to make a career change this new year, you are not alone. Many people use the start of a new year as an opportunity to pursue their dream job. But how do you make it happen? Here are some tips to help you land your ideal role in 2024.

Identify your dream job

Start by asking yourself, "What do I really want to do?" What are my skills, interest, values and goals? What kind of work environment do I prefer? What are the challenges and rewards of my desired field? What makes me happy?

One of the best ways to achieve your dream is to find something that you already enjoy doing and making a career out of it. There's no better feeling than knowing that you are getting paid to do what you would do for free, that's the concept of a true dream job.

You can use online tools, such as career assessments, quizzes and guides, to help you narrow down your options and discover your passion.

Ignore the pessimists

Depending on the field you wish to work in, there may be some negative feedback from cynics and even friends and family. For example, if you decided to apply for a promotion at work, for a high profile company or want to write a novel you may be reminded about how unlikely it'll be that you'll land such a job or you may be asked what your "real" job is. Ignore the dream stealers.

* Remember that your goal is in the realm of possibility, even if it takes some work to break into the field.

* When situations like this come along, just remind yourself that it's what you want to do. Focus on the benefits you'll enjoy once you succeed.

Break it down into steps.

Sometimes when looking at the big picture, it's easy to get overwhelmed and feel intimidated. By breaking it down into a series of smaller steps, it's less daunting and much easier to manage as you progress forward.

* This will also boost your self-esteem and confidence. You can feel a sense of pride in knowing that a step has been completed. The knowledge that you're actually going out and doing what you set out to do will also enhance the feeling of pride and confidence.

Update your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and portfolio

Begin by updating your CV and portfolio. Once you have a clear idea of what kind of job you want, you need to showcase your qualifications and achievements. Make sure your CV is tailored to the specific role and industry you are applying for. Highlight your relevant skills, experience and accomplishments. Use keywords and phrases that match the job description and the employer's expectations. If applicable, create or update your portfolio with samples of your work that demonstrate your creativity, quality and professionalism.

Find a mentor

Mentors can be very helpful when it comes to getting your dream job. They achieve a dual purpose of showing you the ropes and giving you the skills you need, while also acting as a great reference for when the big moment does come.

* If you're having trouble finding a suitable mentor, a good role model or icon will work just as well. For example, if you wish to become an actor or actress, try to follow in the footsteps of your favourite thespian.


One of the most effective ways to find and secure your dream job is to connect with people who are already working in that field. Networking can help you learn more about the industry, the culture, the opportunities and the challenges. It can also help you discover hidden or unadvertised jobs, get referrals and recommendations, and make a positive impression on potential employers. You can network online, through social media platforms, professional websites such as LinkedIn and forums, or offline, through events, workshops and conferences.

Prepare for interviews and negotiations

Once you have applied for your dream job and received an invitation for an interview, you need to prepare yourself for the next stage of the hiring process. Research the company, the role and the interviewer. Practice answering common and behavioural questions that relate to your skills, experience and motivation. Dress appropriately, be punctual, be confident and be courteous. After the interview, follow up with a thank-you note that expresses your interest and enthusiasm for the job. If you receive an offer, be ready to negotiate the terms and conditions that suit your needs and goals.

Be open to accepting a lesser role at the company you want to apply for, it still gets your foot in the door and in time, you can make your way up the ladder.

Celebrate your success

While your dream job may be a challenge to acquire, it's very possible to reach it, no matter how lofty your goal. It will require planning, preparation and perseverance. Once you achieve your dream, and you will, celebrate your achievement and enjoy your new role. Make a good first impression on your boss and colleagues. Learn the ropes and adapt to the culture. Set realistic expectations and goals for yourself. Seek feedback and guidance from mentors and peers. Keep learning and growing in your career.

By|womenwhoslay @womenwhoslay


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