How to Land Your Dream Job and Career, Pt. 3

What to do with your message.

Be bold! There may be no better advice than that when it comes to pursuing your dream job.

After reading our first post, Getting Started, you should have now identified the companies that interest you, the specific departments within these companies, and the titles of key managers responsible for these departments.

Our second post, Crafting Your Message, helped you to develop a strong message about yourself and your experiences that will capture the attention of people holding the keys to landing your dream job.

To take advantage of all the work you have done to this point it is time to get bold. You have developed the components to get in front of the people who hold the key to landing your dream job or at least starting the path to getting to your dream job. So be bold but keep it simple.

Start by creating the finishing touches to the message about yourself. Think about an opening statement that will create the reaction you seek. Your goal should be to generate interest in learning more about you. This occurs either through a longer conversation between you and the manager you communicate with or by the manager inviting you to meet with them or another person inside their organization.

Being bold starts with a benefit statement related to you and, or your experiences. An example of this type of statement is: “Due to my strong work ethic and ability to solve problems, I could help you and your team achieve and exceed existing goals. In my most recent relationship…(Spell out further, if it was when you helped your team within a certain class, a professor you aided with a project, a part-time job you had through college, your most recent full-time job). My references will support the fact that my involvement improves the level of success of any given project. (If you have experience in any of the functions or industry or field of the company you are contacting, make your success story specific to that function, industry or field as much as you can).

Start your campaign of self-promotion by calling every manager on the list you created.

  • Engage each manager in a discussion about you, your background, what causes you to stand out and bring benefit to the team. To reiterate, your goal is to establish interest in you and identify a time to further the discussion.
  • In situations where you possess an email addresses, send out a similar message to what you communicate via phone—make sure this is a well-crafted professional message.
  • Be prepared to leave a shortened version of your message about yourself in a voicemail for those managers you do not speak with. When you leave a voicemail, follow it up with another email message stating you have left them a voicemail and would like to speak with them.
  • Attempt each person multiple times until you receive some form of response, either to your voicemail or emails. Your persistence will distinguish you. The quality and directed nature of your message will distinguish you from those you compete with to gain your dream job.

When you follow these steps, you will speak with people about you and career opportunities.

How to conduct yourself in these communications will be covered in Part IV.

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