How to become world-class at finding your dream job
September 18th, 2011 - 336 Comments
So I was sitting there on the floor of my dorm room, listening to the recruiter tell me about the salary they wanted to pay me, and I started cracking up.
In college, when I first started seriously looking for jobs, I decided to become world-class at finding my dream job. I wanted to be able to reliably secure the best internships and jobs (even un-advertised ones), including mastering interviewing, salary negotiation, and most importantly, deciding what I wanted to do with my life.
Since I’m a weirdo and I tend to go overboard with certain things, I ended up having a series of hilarious experiences in the job hunt.
One company I was talking to, a very large software company, extended me a job offer for their RDP, aka their Rotational Development Program, which was for people they identified as having high potential. I’m sitting there, a college student on the floor of my dorm room (my bed was too messy to sit on), and the recruiter tells me about the job offer, salary, benefits, and all that.
Then she added something about their “ranking” system. “You’ll be graded on a scale of 1-5 here,” she said. “Most people get a 3, but our RDP employees tend to get a 3.5. Almost nobody gets a 4, and nobody in RDP has ever gotten a 5.”
Once she hung up the phone, the first thing that went through my head was, “I WILL GET THAT 5!!!” I almost shook my fist in determination, like I was about to go to battle.
And then I started cracking up. What the hell was wrong with me? Why was I so determined to get a 5? What is a 5, anyway? A random number given to me by a random person that tells me how valuable I am? I found it absurd that I got so hot and bothered about a ranking system — and the company knew that I would do just that.
See, if you put a problem in front of smart people, they’ll often lunge at it like rabid dogs. But they often won’t consider if they really SHOULD be tackling that problem at all.
I ended up getting multiple job offers from some of the top companies in the world. And over the next few weeks and months, I want to share some of the techniques on how I did it.
But first, I want to know the exact questions you have about finding your own dream job.
Do you have a dream job already? If so, tell me about it. If not, why not?
What do you want to learn most about? Finding your “passion” (what is that, anyway?). How to write a winning resume? The best techniques for negotiating salary? Answers to the toughest interview questions?
Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you Wednesday with some answers. The more specific your question is, the more likely I’ll answer yours!
See you Wednesday.
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