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How to become world-class at finding your dream job

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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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AA
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit, I would definitely like to learn about how you wrote a winning resume and how you followed up with companies to land so many entry level jobs. I have read about how to stand out but most of that information seems to apply to freelance jobs. Is it even possible to stand out for a vague job title like “Associate”?

Bugsy
Bugsy
4 years 11 months ago

I want to know how one who has mainly right-brain interests (psychology and writing) can survive with minimal brain damage until he has his own business. 🙂

What is passion? For me, passion means 3 things:
1. an activity that I would do despite of being tired
2. an activity that I would do even for free
3. an activity that puts me in the flow state (the state where you perceive that times flies by, because you like it, instead of going slower, because you loathe it)

Bugsy
Bugsy
4 years 11 months ago
“You need to be WAY MORE SPECIFIC.” I’ve never been good at math, but my parents insisted that I would go get a computer science degree, because they saw that I’m good with computers. I could handle some of it, because I had the experience, but I couldn’t handle all the math that was involved in the process, so I dropped out. Now I see it as a failure, knowing that I wasted all these years on a path that wouldn’t bring me satisfaction. By default, I’m very much interested in topics like Psychology, Marketing, Writing, I can do this… Read more »
Dave
Dave
4 years 11 months ago

Whats the best way to introduce yourself to an organization/business, even if they’re not hiring, with the goal being they know you exist and that if “something opens up” they will remember and call you?

In other words, getting those “un-advertised” jobs.

(I have an idea it will involve getting in their heads- possibly showing them how you would solve a problem they might be facing?)

Nick
Nick
4 years 11 months ago
First, I’ll define my dream job. •Earning potential of 6 figures within 2-5 years •Work week is 30-40 hours on a flexible schedule •Amazing colleagues who are supportive and positive •Challenged daily and forced to live in my stretch zone Questions: What are the specific first 3 steps to take to get yourself noticed in front of the decision makers (not necessarily the HR dept) of top notch companies? What is the best way to demonstrate tons of value to a company that you dream of working at? What is the best way to persuade your dream company to give… Read more »
Pat Harris
Pat Harris
4 years 11 months ago

X2!!

Rohit Kumar
Rohit Kumar
2 months 7 days ago

I like the way you dream , but working hours really doesn’t matter if its a “dream” job for you . If you really love what you do , time doesn’t matter .

Just a thought

AR
AR
4 years 11 months ago

You’ve already covered the big questions but there is still I would more I would like to learn.

Using your tips helped me land a few great jobs here at the university. I now help friends out by passing along my old job offers.

Even still, there’s a huge % of people that just do not have the skills, education, or even valuable work experience to aid their jump into better paying “job security”.

Ramit, If you were in that pool, how would you upsell yourself enough to get out that hole?

CantSayPublicly
CantSayPublicly
4 years 11 months ago

I want to know one would go about changing one’s career. Suppose you work at job X but you want to switch to related job Y. Everybody wants to hire you for X since you have experience in that but you want Y. How do you go about switching?

Arti
Arti
4 years 11 months ago
How do I use LinkedIn for networking and job application? Have folks been successful using cold-calling techniques (the LinkedIn equivalent would be an InMail) contacting a recruiter? Let me explain. I have been working at my current job for three years, and am looking to move to a different company. I am doing exciting, challenging work at my current company – the problem is, my current workplace is in government. I have a Masters from a prestigious public university in the MidWest and know I am great at what I do, but I am concerned that the popular sentiment these… Read more »
Andy
Andy
4 years 11 months ago
I am currently looking to seriously reduce my workload, because at the moment I am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in addition to a demanding full-time job and am very close to a burn out. There is a special kind of scholarship in my country for people who are studying and have been employed for at least 3 years (which I have). Basically, you get 700 bucks a month (after taxes) and are allowed to earn about the same amount in addition to the scholarship, everything above that threshold you’d have to pay back at the end of the year. At… Read more »
David Erdos
4 years 11 months ago
Three questions I have: – How can I make my resume and cover letter AMAZING? – Should I set up informational interviews with people at a company before applying? – Would it be beneficial to email some of the top managers/CEO ask a few specific questions about the company and learn about the specific challenges they are currently facing? I watched the resume boot-camp with Penelope Trunk that you had on your blog, and found it helpful and applied some of the techniques discussed to my resume. But it didn’t mention a cover letter, and I’m more interested to hear… Read more »
Jake
Jake
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, I’m looking forward to semi-annual reviews at my firm, and hoping to ask for a raise at that point. I’m planning to justify the raise by showing performance superior to my peers, increased responsibility and scope over the last six months, and a sharp uptick in my own talent base (as a programmer). The caveat is that I work in finance and from what I’ve heard, compensation is typically only discussed annually. Would asking for (and either getting or being refused) a raise at this time of the year hurt or help me during the bonus process? Do you… Read more »
Jennifer
Jennifer
4 years 11 months ago
Am I in my dream job now? No way. Why is that? Because I’m stuck in this town til my husband finishes his master’s degree, and I just finished my undergrad in marketing in May. I’ve attempted to find jobs that are in the city about an hour and a half away that does have more opportunities, but those either require much more experience than I have, don’t pay enough to offset the gas expenses (yes I did ask about telecommuting options and was told no), or are commission only. My dream job would be a place with a flexible… Read more »
Lukas
Lukas
4 years 11 months ago
r me is how to find out where I have the potential to be really, really good at. I’m 21, so have done a fair amount of soul searching already, but that didn’t get me really far. What I have done is identified a couple of “areas” that I have been interested in consistently over the last couple of years. These areas are: a) Writing b) Acting c) Photography d) Programming More Details on a) I have been writing for a long time, but not in a consistent way. I have folders (digital and paper) full of stuff that I’ve… Read more »
Lukas
Lukas
4 years 11 months ago
Just realized that you didn’t want “How do I do X” questions, since they’re too vague. My problem is that I have no idea how to give you a) b) c) choices to help get to the answer of my question, because if I did, I’d have tested them long ago. Maybe the most intelligent way to go about it is this: Do you think there is a way to find out what someone has the potential to be really good at or not, other than just spending the hours trying? If you think there is a way, what is… Read more »
spiffytech
4 years 11 months ago
1) I do want to find my passion. I’ve certainly found some /interesting/ areas I could get a job in, but nothing I’d really prefer over watching some good TV. Nothing that makes me jump out of bed saying “I can’t wait to do X today!”. 2) How can I find the good jobs? I already understand that most of the best jobs aren’t in job postings- jobs only get posted after all of an employer’s first- and second-degree contacts turn the job down. This is why people often say “it’s all about who you know”. How can I find… Read more »
Gillian
4 years 11 months ago
Hello, I have recently become a partner in a new business in Pittsburgh, PA. Both my partner and myself work for a TV production & syndication company on the side. The company we work for, PMI.TV, has allowed us to use their equipment and facilities to start up a recording studio and potential record label. (Official Sound Studios). As we have a few clients already, and are doing fairly well, we feel our marketing and advertising skills are lacking. My main question to you is, How can we advertise and get clients to know about our new company when we… Read more »
Ben Hong
Ben Hong
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit,

As someone who has searched and scoured the various job sites (e.g., Monster, CareerBuilder, etc), it’s always perplexed me as to how people find that jobs that AREN’T advertised. As far as I’m aware, the only way to find out jobs before the masses discover them online or in the newspaper is to go through networks. So my question is, what happens when you lack the network to do so. How does a person go about finding a job that has not yet been posted?

Ben

Heidi
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit,
I have my dream job — just trying to figure out how to take it to the next level…
Help!
Heidi

Neha
Neha
4 years 11 months ago

RDP = APM at Google?

Matt
Matt
4 years 11 months ago

What steps can you take during the interview process to gather some information about whether the work environment has interesting peers, committed mentors, and a generally healthy/innovative work environment?

Particularly in early career jobs, these things seem to be much more important than whether your salary is slightly above or below average, but they’re the hardest to judge (and sometime seem to shift within the first few months anyway). Is there a way to make it less of a roll of the dice?

Angie
Angie
4 years 11 months ago

These are my questions:
1. How do you define a dream job? Is it based solely on what you are good at or just something that one has always wanted to do?

2. What are the top 10 things that most people do during the interview(s) that decreases their chances of getting the job they are seeking?

3. What makes or breaks someone getting their dream job?

Walt
Walt
4 years 11 months ago

Personally, I’m not interested in tips on cover letters, resumes, and interviews. I already know that I can nail those things.

For me, the big thing is…where do you actually find the great opportunity in the first place? The big job sites like Monster feel like a complete waste of time and even the smaller job sites are quickly filled up with spammy work-at-home-no-money-down “positions”.

AP
AP
4 years 11 months ago
I do pretty well when I get into interviews (I’ve gotten second-rounds or offers that I’ve turned down almost everywhere I’ve interviewed), but the question is what do I include in that first killer request for introduction or email for a company that is tangential to my field but not directly related to my experience, to make sure that I will be heard and responded to, even when the company “isn’t hiring”? Things I’ve done: coming up with a strategy presentation for where I think the business is heading (and including the link in my letter), taking the time to… Read more »
Ram
Ram
4 years 11 months ago

I have a low GPA. How can I get a job at top tier consulting firms or other companies which have a strict GPA cutoff?

Pat
Pat
4 years 11 months ago

When I recently changed jobs within my company, I thought I would be smart and have a couple job offers on the table from different divisions so I could negotiate salary an benefits improvements. However, the idea totally backfired because talent management says that it will not negotiate against itself for two positions in the same company. Therefore, I essentially zeroed my bargaining power. I’m sure that there are other organizations that have similar policies, so beware. Any great ways to get around that for the future?

Jackie
Jackie
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, My dream job is to be a college professor (of Theater, specifically). I got my undergrad in Theater and have been working as an Executive Assistant since I got out of college. I need to get my masters to teach, but the idea of even more student loan debt kills me. After all, I just got out of credit card debt and am starting to save. Should I just apply to grad schools and then work at getting as many scholarships as possible? The idea that I’m going to be trudging around in an office for years when… Read more »
Betsey
Betsey
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Jackie, I’m an arts professor at a well-known university. The most important thing for you to do, outside of an MFA (which you will need, for better or worse), is to make projects happen. Work with friends, meet other people doing theater, think outside the box, and find your voice. The best programs will want you to already be working in theater, not waiting until you are in school to do so, and you can definitely do this on top of a day job. Also, think about why you are interested in teaching, specifically, and figure out how to… Read more »
Vicki
Vicki
4 years 11 months ago
@Jackie — Apply to the top 20 graduate programs in your field. Focus on the professors who teach in those programs. Who is already doing research in the field you want to enter? You choose your graduate program based on who you want to direct your dissertation, not the overall/general reputation of the university itself. Go to the university that offers you a full tuition scholarship plus a teaching assistantship with stipend. Get a really cheap apartment! And scrounge up a roommate quickly (or live with your parents). That’s how I got my MA degree, debt-free. Never take out student… Read more »
Marilyn
Marilyn
4 years 11 months ago

I am almost 57 yrs old and I will be working for still quite awhile. Right now I am in an accounts payable job and I really really really don’t like it. Is there anyway to change careers at my age? If so, what info do you need to know to make some suggestions?

Emily
Emily
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, It seems to me that the trend is moving away from a person having one “dream job” which will lead to a life-long career, but instead to several “niche” careers to fulfill multiple passions. Most of my friends (and myself included) have several things they want to do with their lives, so the challenge becomes the timing. How to decide which career path to go with, and when? If that makes sense… And finally, after that choice has been made, where to look for opportunities? What resources did you use during your search? Everyone hates the “black hole… Read more »
Sue
Sue
4 years 11 months ago

I know what job I want. There are no openings in sight right now. I want them to WANT to create a job just for me.

Sue
Sue
4 years 11 months ago
“I know what I want. I am already there on a part-time basis. There are no openings in sight right now. I want them to WANT to create a job for me. In answer to your question, I have tested my assumptions by openly and directly stating that I want a job with this organization. I have spoken to colleagues who are on both a lateral and superior level. I was recently offered a position that I turned down because it was not a good fit for my area of expertise and would lead me out of my field in… Read more »
Fawn
Fawn
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit, I want to know how the f to find my passion and what does that really freakin’ mean anyhow (I’m sure you have a good answer for this).

Jared
Jared
4 years 11 months ago

How do I find comparable job opportunities in locations I want to live?
How do I address relocation fees with that company?
How would I build a resume to acquire this opportunity?

David Silvernail
David Silvernail
4 years 11 months ago

I am in a good job, but I’m looking for something better. I want to make sure I’m not wasting time on my search. I want to know what works, and what wastes my time.

I sent my resume to a friend who hires engineers at his job. He told me to rewrite my resume in the 3rd person voice, and said that is the standard method. Having not heard of this rule before, I would love some clarification on the preferred tense and voice of resumes.

Sonia
Sonia
4 years 11 months ago

Hi Ramit,

I would like to know how to land a interview AND the job at one of the top companies that I am targeting. I keep getting calls and emails back for jobs I really am not that interested in, but hardly any to none from companies/jobs where I am really desiring to work.

I look forward to reading your advice on this topic!

Cheers,

Sonia

Jim
Jim
4 years 11 months ago

How can an effective resume and cover letter to get a job which I could do, but may not have all the skills/requirements for the job. A company I would like to work for is hiring, and my skill set different in some areas than what the job requires.

Sarah
Sarah
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I already wrote a stellar resume, got job offers when I wasn’t even looking, and even negotiated a higher title and raise despite being fresh out of university and not having the “qualifications” for the specific industry. I have to admit that a lot of the motivation to do that came from getting psyched up reading your blog. However, once I did all that, I realized I hate my job. Like you, I was so focused on winning that elusive “5” that I forgot to wonder why I wanted it and if I should even have been striving… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
4 years 11 months ago

Sigh, it’s obvious to me just from reading my post that I’m way too vague at this point. I need to spend more time deciding what my options could potentially be before asking you for specific advice.

Sara
Sara
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit, a dream job is a job designed by me, for me. Personalised, customised and inherently changeable. It’s up to me to manage my lifestyle to match the money coming in. What I want to know is how to build and maintain a good professional reputation these days. Is a blog better than a business card? Should I be a member of every conceivable professional association connected to my work or just the ones with local chapters ?

Sara

Weicht
Weicht
4 years 11 months ago

What is your take on Dave Ramsey’s money philosophy?

Simone
Simone
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, Thank you for your email — and thanks for making me think about things I usually don’t think about. These are my questions: How can I find out how much I am “worth” on the market (with my degree, my skills, my professional experience), without paying a lot of money for services like LinkedIn JobSeeker? How can I get the attention of big companies like Google? It seems there have already been way too many people with crazy, creative, impressive ideas for their applications, so is a solid, regular CV maybe better, because they are already tired of… Read more »
Cameron
Cameron
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit,

In your experience how are you able to get direct (as in able to communicate with them one on one without any gatekeepers holding you up) to decision makers of any company?

Victor
Victor
4 years 11 months ago
How Do You Cure The Curse Of Curiosity? Hello Ramit. I know my calling is in teaching/coaching – but I’m always fascinated by the ever changing landscape of corporate America – especially fast-moving high tech companies. I’ve bounced and learned about the restaurant, software, pharmaceutical, finance, and IT consulting industries all with much interest but not passion. I know I want to become an expert at a subject, be able to teach about it, blog about my journey to mastery, but my problem is finding said niche subject. I’ve tried plenty of things that don’t work, and I’ve certainly weighed… Read more »
Neil Desai
Neil Desai
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit,

I am currently doing a job search and have realized the hardest thing to prepare for are technical interview questions (I’m going for a job in software engineering). Being able to properly prepare for these types of questions is difficult and I would love some help. Also, writing cover letters that really get into the psychology of what the company wants is tough to do. Been trying to do this (briefcase technique style) but sometimes it’s hard to find out what these companies are really looking for.

Thanks,
Neil

Steve
Steve
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit,

How do I figure out my dream job? I know plenty of things that I don’t like doing, and I know things that I like to do, but I haven’t figured out how to translate them into a job.

Will
Will
4 years 11 months ago

I am in the same position. The problem is that across the many blogs and articles I have read, they always tell you to find your passion. I enjoy doing many things but I would not say I am truly passionate about any one thing. So how do I get go about finding the job that will make me happy not know exactly what will make me happy?! It is going to involve a career change, fortunately I am still young enough to do this.

Arti
Arti
4 years 11 months ago
@Steve, @Will, I struggled with a similar dilemma – I am passionate about photography, music etc but my current job is in finance, and here’s the kicker – I LIKE MY JOB! So, I always found the “find your passion” slogan hard to understand, because realistically, it always felt like I wouldn’t get to do the fun, analytical work I am doing if I had to slog away at taking pictures at weddings on weekends to do what I am supposedly “passionate” about. That’s until I read this blog post by Cal Newport. I was referred to this post from… Read more »
Legrand
Legrand
4 years 11 months ago

I’ve worked for 10 years building sales teams: recruiting, designing collateral and scripts, and helping businesses grow, both through recruiting affiliates and recruiting outside sales people.

I’m actively looking for telecommute positions, possible profit share positions where I am doing the same thing with great companies that have a lot of promise. So far, I have not been that successful in my networking efforts.

DreamJobNightmareBoss
DreamJobNightmareBoss
4 years 11 months ago
I need help with how to approach my boss for a considerable raise. I love my job, but my boss, the business owner has had a TON of dramatic events occur since she opened the business and hired me. From major health risks to pregnancy to moving into a gigantic new monster home, I feel as though I’ve been over-looked. I understand that it is also my fault for not speaking up, but I’ve been too afraid of looking insensitive during these difficult times. I want my boss to know that I’ve been running her office this entire time and… Read more »
David S.
David S.
4 years 11 months ago

Hey Ramit,
So I have a job offer, and after the first round of negotiations, they’re telling me the salary has no flexibility. How do I show them that it does?
David

Amine
Amine
4 years 11 months ago
I work at a software company that makes investment banking software and I am happy at my job, but there are not much opportunities for growth so I am considering an MBA. My ideal job is one that pays a lot of money, where I get to travel (but not all the time) and with reasonable working hours (9am – 8pm max). Many jobs in finance offer that, especially private equity jobs. So what I need to figure out is: – Is a private equity job my dream job (sounds like but I am get more information) – Is an… Read more »
Jerret
Jerret
4 years 11 months ago

Ok. So is a dream job doing the work you enjoy most or is it more related to the working environment? Right now, I’m doing work I enjoy but I’m working with ASSHOLES which makes doing the work almost unbearable. How do I know I’m going to be working somewhere that doesn’t breed scum? Or at least the scum is dealt with and kept to a minimum.

Brandon
Brandon
4 years 11 months ago

A dream job is doing the work you enjoy while being in a good working environment. I’ve been in a good working environment where the work wasn’t as challenging and drained me slowly.

Anne-Sophie
Anne-Sophie
4 years 11 months ago
I think I’m on to a dream job- working as a sales manager for an international online platform marketing private vacation rentals worldwide (you might know the amercian model, its a recent start up too). Having a background as webdesigner with some project management experience in the Arts I really have no idea about Sales but I figured I’m good with languages & networking worldwide so I might go for a job where I can use these skills and learn valuable new ones- like selling a product or idea (hopefully one day my own). My first target area will be… Read more »
elaine
elaine
4 years 11 months ago

Hi Ramit, I’m a 40-something who just went back to school to finish my undergraduate degree because I’m torqued about seeing jobs I have the experience to ace, but I can’t get an interview because of the degree requirements. My question is, how can I leverage my existing experience to position myself in a better-paying job now, while I niche down, find my passion and finish my degree (about 2 years left).

Thanks for all your great information.

CAELAN HUNTRESS
4 years 11 months ago
I’ve got my dream job. Since you asked, I’ll tell you all about it. I design websites while living in Costa Rica. It took me some time to find what my ‘dream job’ even entailed; I was stuck in a miserable 60+ hour a week job, learning great skills (sales and networking) but I wasn’t providing lasting value to the world, doing anything artistic, or changing up my projects. Once I identified what I really liked about my job, and started listing things that I would like in a dream job, I began to construct that job for myself. To… Read more »
Marie
Marie
4 years 11 months ago

Pura vida!
Thanx for providing your steps. Great advice.

Roxy
Roxy
4 years 11 months ago

I realize that this might be too vague but my biggest problem is that I can’t figure out how to determine how much my work is really worth, especially when I don’t have too many examples of people on the same position and level of experience elsewhere. My question would be if there are some steps that should be followed to determine this to be able to negotiate better.

Ayvidy
Ayvidy
4 years 11 months ago
First of all, thank-you for doing this. I am in my third year of University completing an arts degree in Sociology. I have two internships under my belt from the past two summers. One, I worked in India for three months in rural villages helping an N.G.O. in women empowerment training – changed the way I viewed the world, but I know that’s not what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. Two, I worked at a graduate level school writing policy based article on the best way a health care sector can reach rural constituents.… Read more »
Emanuel
Emanuel
4 years 11 months ago

Hi Ramit I’m a Computer engineer and teacher, Im a software developer and make a good living out of it, with my software I earn each month a year worth of salary as my teaching job, I’d love to start doing business, that would be my dream job, I have some money to start, but my job as a teacher gives me security, and I’m honestly a bit afraid of leaving it and later regret. I love teaching but it doesn’t give me the satisfaction I’m looking for.

Ryon
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, Thanks for making people think about their financial lives. I feel like I commonly talk to highly educated people who blindly ended up with professional skills and degrees, and somehow found themselves in their current career because they didn’t grab the reigns early enough (e.g., college or even later) and decide to steer their career in a certain direction. I too am one of these people and trying to structure a plan to lead myself out of the cave of professional dissatisfaction. I’d like to know if you have any tools to allow people to account for their… Read more »
Jen
Jen
4 years 11 months ago

Hi! Right now, my dream is to be an adult ESL teacher. I have a Master’s Degree and experience, so I have no trouble finding part-time jobs. The problem is that it seems that full-time jobs in my field are impossible to find. I can’t afford to work part-time anymore…I need health insurance! Do you think it’s possible to convince an organization to hire me full-time, or should I just try to find a new career?

KP
KP
4 years 11 months ago

Would you consider teaching abroad? Korea has a lot of demand for ESL, and your master’s degree can get you university work here.

Goodwin
Goodwin
4 years 11 months ago

You mention “What is passion anyway?” I would like to know how you define passion and if you think it is possible to find. I know it’s vague, but I am curious to your view.

Tiffany
4 years 11 months ago
As dream jobs would go I think I have found mine (not there with pay) but the job is a dream never the less. I have the potential to work from home (not for over time but just the normal hours work) The field is changing and challenging so its great since I am always thinking. I don’t know what I will do once the salary that I want comes into play. And you are right, put something in front of a smart person and the lunge but sometimes you really shouldn’t. Sometimes more thought should be into it.
Havana
4 years 11 months ago
I am about to graduate this December. I have 3-4 job titles in mind and a list of 10 or so companies that I am targeting, I’ve created a spreadsheet to track my progress with each company, and I’ve created a folder for my top 3 companies that holds news clippings and analyses of their industries. I’m trying to do my research and to address “pain points” but: 1. How exactly do I FIND these pain points? Sure, I can assume that their goals involves acquiring more customers/users/views but without quantitative data and knowing the ins-and-outs of how they do… Read more »
Pete
4 years 11 months ago

Hey Ramit, my question is how do you scale a small business idea to the point that it can bring a modest income. Pete

Gal @ Equally Happy
4 years 11 months ago
What recommendations would you give people who have been out of work for a long time? My brother was laid off three years ago and has struggled to find a job. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in history and a good track record of managing security organizations. However, he’s had no luck finding work over the past few years. He’s tried real estate, tech and a variety of other paths and is now working two part time jobs to make ends meet. He’s highly motivated but is getting frustrated since there seem to be very few openings… Read more »
Ezequiel
Ezequiel
4 years 11 months ago

Should my dream job mean being at the same company until I retire? That seems kinda… scary, like a marriage, and being fresh-out-of-college guy it sure seems like I should take whatever comes in my way (you know, because of recession and all that stuff). Or on the other hand, should I be a company-hopper and get fresh air every 4 or 5 years hoping to land a really high profile job down the road?

Would love to hear your comments.

Cheers,

daniel gonzalez
daniel gonzalez
4 years 11 months ago

How do you negotiate salary

Daniel
Daniel
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, I work for a large professional services firm (that also rates people 1-5, although in our case 1 is the highest) and have decided to look for work for a much smaller company in real estate development as this is an area that I’m really interested in. The problem I’m facing though, is that most of these jobs are unadvertised and it seems like they are going to people within their internal company networks. I’ve sent e-mails and called the companies, but I’m having very little luck actually getting through to someone who makes decisions and I have no… Read more »
Christopher Mancini
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, I am already with a really great company as a software engineer. Is it my dream job, no, but it is certainly one of the best jobs that I could have for my career. Things that worked in getting this job. 1. I attended ZendCon, blew off a set of sessions and chatted at length with a recruiter from this company. This was a huge win, when it came time for me to start job hunting, I had an instant interview. 2. I put together a very simple site explaining who I was, where I have been and posted… Read more »
Kerry
Kerry
4 years 11 months ago
In 1980, I knew what I wanted to have as a business was a bar / nightclub. but bad luck would take its hold on me and not let go, from no job, no savings and lost of hope that things will get better, one bad thing happen after another. In 1983 I was in a car accident that gave me back pain, In 1990 I was hurt on the job and layedoff after 8 years of working for $4.68 an hour. From there I had a brain injury in 2003, ” I should be dead ‘ is what the… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
4 years 11 months ago

I am entering a field, law, in which many employers strictly scrutinize our grades in law school. I’ve put my best effort in, but because we’re graded on a curve, I can’t seem to edge into the top of my class. I am a competent student and feel that I will be a good attorney, but talking about my sub-top-ten-percent GPA in interviews is tricky. Do you have any tips? I don’t want to make excuses, and I am not at the bottom of my class either – just hovering around the mid-percentages.

Josh
Josh
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, I am currently a Store Manager of a regional auto service repair facility. I am under paid and over worked. I feel like I am missing out on some of the best years of my five young children. After reading your emails over the past few weeks I think I have come up with a great idea for a book regarding the automotive industry. I’ve never written a book before. Do you have any specific advice you can pass along? So far I’ve just been typing away on ideas for each chapter. P.S. I never considered writing as my… Read more »
Qais Arsala
Qais Arsala
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit: I am currently undergoing chemo after my brain cancer surgery (one year ago). I am a dad of three and a year later am back at the same boring state job. I hate it. This is not my passion, but it at least pays some bills and gas $. I have another year of chemo/rehab left. I am sooo much slower at work than I used to be. My question to you is that I do NOT want to waste or make a ‘cancer treatment’ excuse and be lazy. How do I not waste time and study for something… Read more »
An
An
4 years 11 months ago
My question is, how do you tie together really disparate strengths? For example: I majored in Linguistics (and took maybe one computer science class in my entire college career, and hated it), and I’ve been working for six years in web application development (four years in undergrad, and the two since I graduated), and I spend most of my down time on my passion, which is writing – and I’ve sold a good crop of stories to professional (speculative fiction) markets, and have gotten one into a Year’s Best collection, as well as attended some of the leading application-only workshops… Read more »
Damaarti
Damaarti
4 years 11 months ago

Hi Ramit,
Actually I have a dream job already which is a copywriter in an advertising agency. But the worst part is when you’re still work in a company you don’t have the luxury of free time.
I was hoping that I can work as a copywriter and have the real luxury of working from anywhere in the world. So, I’m not just working my dream job but also living my dream life.

Arti

Louis Knapp
4 years 11 months ago

I’m a student in chemical engineering, and I’d really like to know how to get a feeling for what jobs are going to be like. It’s not difficult for me to get internships or interviews, but it seems impossible to know whether they’re going to be good or bad before I start working, and whether a full time job would be really different. And as a related question, I’m sure there are fantastic and fun jobs with great customer culture out there that I just don’t know about. How can I find out about those jobs?

Nancy Taylor
4 years 11 months ago
Do you have any tips on making the job you have your dream job? I am a small business owner of two businesses, The UPS Store and an Ebay business. I love what I am doing but would love to make more money and work less hours. I have made quite a bit of progress using Tim Ferris’s 4HWW approach to work less but I have a long way to go to making the amount of income I would like. Are there systems that I can use to help increase profits? And, how do I sell myself (and my businesses)… Read more »
Gary
Gary
4 years 11 months ago
I am 43 and have been doing software development for 18 years. I normally have worked for small companies. Small as in IT department. I like following Tom Peter’s idea of being a “big fish in a small pond”. I do not want to work for a large company. I feel like a cog in a wheel. I like being someone who is part of the team or even the only one who makes certain IT decisions. I enjoy working with all the different parts of the software development process. My current company, in the last 3 years, has greatly… Read more »
Jennifer Carleton
Jennifer Carleton
4 years 11 months ago

Hi Ramit,
I work for a fairly large bank…..not Wells Fargo big, but we’re solid. I really want to get into commercial banking, and I’m just not sure where to start. It’s my dream job to be a commercial banker. I currently work under commercial banking, but more in a customer support role. I know commercial banking is very dog-eat-dog, but I know I could handle it. I just need the skills. What do you recommend I do to learn more?
Thanks!!

Luiya
Luiya
4 years 11 months ago

Finding the dream job…this is a dream! I tried many time to write a winning resume=a disaster!Please give us some advices

Chris
4 years 11 months ago
Pretty close to a dream job; except I’d like to replace my ‘job’ with my own ‘business’. Currently work at a small sports-based marketing firm (4 employees) with 2 major clients…have been here for 8 months and have assumed a sort of jack of all trades/2nd in command role. The hours are extremely flexible, I can work in flip flops and we are on the verge of acquiring several new, potentially lucrative clients which would mean the only downfall of the current position…the lower than desirable pay…would increase. I’ve been granted to opportunity to learn the fields of e-commerce (online… Read more »
Consuelo Guevara Knoch
Consuelo Guevara Knoch
4 years 11 months ago

I was reading your article above and for the questions that you posted at the end, there was only one that caught my interest. Right now I am a college student, in my junior year, not really passionate about anything in particular. I am majoring in Anthropology because I enjoy it but I am not extremely passionate about it. There are other classes that I also enjoy but if you asked me what I was passionate about I couldn’t tell you. So, how do you go about finding your passion?

Matt
Matt
4 years 11 months ago

I’d like to know some techniques to break in with a private consulting firm when the economy is bad (fyi, my field is urban and transportation planning). How do you convince a firm you’re worth it? Can it be done without resorting to unpaid work? perhaps by bringing in possible clients?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
4 years 11 months ago
I know you’ll have A/B tested this, run the numbers, and have a system that works, so please share: what are the key parts of a cover letter and/or resume to get into the interview stage, even when you’re not the *best* candidate. Specifically: I’m trying to relocate across the country, and I’m sending out resumes (three variations targeted to the specific job titles I’m applying for) and cover letters tailored to each job notice. (Such as: You want someone who can “think fast on their feet?” Here’s how XYZ experience on my resume translates to that.) While I’m sure… Read more »
Andy
Andy
4 years 11 months ago
Hey Ramit, I am a 3.0 engineering student that will be graduating this year, I have a career fair at my college coming up in just over a week, and I want to have a job lined up and ready to go when I graduate. It is common to wait in line for half an hour to speak to a company HR rep for about a minute or so interview in hopes of getting a sit down interview on the following day. 1. How can I approach this “60 second interview” to maximize the opportunity of landing a interview when… Read more »
Greg L
Greg L
4 years 11 months ago
I graduated in March, 2009, in Southern California, with an MS in Geology. In other words, I entered an absolutely brutal job market while the job market was still on it’s way to bottoming out. I wasn’t able to find a position in my field, though I did manage to to take some part time work to stay afloat. As a result, I find am 2.5 years post-graduation, but without any job experience in my field since graduating. (I do have one 8 month long contract job in my field that I got between undergrad and grad school. I am… Read more »
Sam Rogers
4 years 11 months ago
I have been working for myself as an eLearning Contractor for 4-years while traveling the world, working only as much as I really needed to along the way. Now I’ve decided to emigrate to New Zealand (American aiming for dual-citizenship), and it looks like my best option is to use a job with their government, university system, or other larger bureaucracy to do so. I want to ensure that residency is part of a job offer from someone in NZ within the next year. Do you have any advice specific to finding/creating such specific opportunities or bringing things like residency… Read more »
KP
KP
4 years 11 months ago

(Not related to your post, but just wondering how you did the eLearning Contractor gig? I’ve been in ESL for four years in Korea and would love to travel around the world with some freelance (not classroom!) work. Would you be willing to explain what you did? Thanks~*)

KP
KP
4 years 11 months ago

ps You can contact me at fotochiquita@hotmail.com

Dado
Dado
4 years 11 months ago
Dear Ramit, I have a dream job. I work as a conductor with a professional orchestra. I work with the orchestra 14 weeks a year for a full time salary, the rest of the time I guest conduct and travel. I study music everywhere I go – on the beach, in the mountains, at Christmas vacation – and I love doing it! I meet amazing people everywhere I work, and I have a chance to inspire people with what I do. So here is my simplistic definition of ideal job: – to love what you do so much that you… Read more »
SB
SB
4 years 11 months ago

How do I approach a job search after being a stay at home mom for the last 8 years?

sal
sal
4 years 11 months ago

Hi Ramit,

Thanks for the inspiration,imagination and sharing. Now a goal requires action.
I need help to setting my goals and putting action to those goals. Please help.My family is depending on me. And I make it my responsibility to do the right thing my and for them,honestly.
Thanks and kudos to you and your team.
Sal

Beth
Beth
4 years 11 months ago

One thing that stuck out for me in your post was how you managed to find un-advertized jobs. I work in the entertainment industry and it seems like 99% of the jobs (or at least the awesome, coveted jobs) aren’t advertized. I know networking is a large component of the search, but I’d love if you would share more about what specifically worked for you. What do you know now about finding these “insider” jobs that you wish you knew when you started your search?

Matthew Weintrub
4 years 11 months ago
Hey Ramit, My Dream Job is bringing positivity and empowerment to the world. I’m a college junior on that 5 year plan. I’m currently working on developing a positive, empowering clothing line. I realize having an online venue (e-commerce) is important but I also want to try and get into stores like Whole Foods who are now targeting the young, conscious consumer. As part of my marketing plan, I want to connect and send sample to college fashion bloggers, youtube fashion videoblogger, etc. to build a grassroots campaign. I really admire your work and remember finding your website when I… Read more »
Charles
Charles
4 years 11 months ago
After years and years of working and searching, I have my dream job. I’m pretty unusual though, I’ve spent my entire career being a freelancer and I like to joke that I’ve been unemployed since I graduated! I’m a graphic designer and I learned a lot working with a slew of other companies – far more than I would have had I gotten a “job”- and after I got all that experience, I struck off on my own. I realized pretty quickly that I went to work for myself to do what I loved, designing, and ended up doing less… Read more »
David
David
4 years 11 months ago
Are informational interviews as useful as job hunting sites say they are? My current place of employment finds them to be annoying, if anything. Any sense of how other companies view someone who tries to secure one of these informal meetings? And I’d say I do have my dream job at THIS sage in my career, and at my current skill level. I used to have a soul crushingly demeaning job as a street canvasses (i.e. a fundraising mercenary) but I got fed up with it and taught myself how to do web design using online tutorials. I soon found… Read more »
John
John
4 years 11 months ago
Hi, I’m a college student, majoring in engineering but also very interested in business/investing. And I was interested in how to stand out from other candidates in an interview (for companies like P&G, Unilever, Colgate/Palmolive, that’s the type of company I’d like to work for), especially the personality interviews where they ask you tough questions about how you would react in certain situations, etc. Sorry if this is a bit vague; frankly, I just haven’t lived long enough to have as much detailed experiences to write about as the people above me haha. Hope this helps, and I look forward… Read more »
jessa
4 years 11 months ago
I am smart, I’m good at what I do, and I’m diligent at getting it done. I have excellent references (but no one calls them). My awesomeness has always been apparent to supervisors once I start working for them. Rarely do I get interviews. When I write cover letters, I write conversationally and say upfront that I am awesome, diligent, etc. but I don’t know how to cut through to the top of the pile: everyone says those things whether they are true or not. I have been applying through the standard channels: craigslist and company websites. Many of these… Read more »
P3
P3
4 years 11 months ago

My dream job is in a declining industry (journalism) that offers low pay and is losing 40,000 net jobs per year. (Yeah, I know. I picked a lousy dream. But it’s my freakin’ dream job, darn it!) Most of the opportunities are “stepping stone” ones — working at a small TV station or a tiny magazine no one reads. And its next-to-impossible to get past that point. So what should I do?

Pat
Pat
4 years 11 months ago
How to make a leap in job fields? How to convince employees along the HR ladder that I am qualified and experienced for a job at their company? The most difficult part is just getting my foot in the door to stand above the hundreds or thousands of other applicants. I need to know more about how HR people perceive cover letters, resumes and curriculum vitae(s) (CLRCV). Their psychology of making judgements. I have bought and read a “Judgment in Managerial Decision Making” and learned vast amount about my own biases. But how do I apply some of the ideas… Read more »
Dustin
4 years 11 months ago

Many entry level jobs actually still require 3-5 years of experience within a field. Boeing, for example, is one company that posts these kinds of job ads. How (if possible) do you land a job with a company in an industry in which you lack experience?

Also, most internships require somebody to be enrolled in a college/university. How do we find one that doesn’t require this? Are there other ways to get internships other than applying like a job?

RW
RW
4 years 11 months ago
I have an interview this week for a job that was not posted. I applied for a different job and they decided I would be a better fit for this…and it’s true – I’m a *perfect* fit. Now I have the interview and I’m the only candidate. This is a senior-level software job that will turn into management as the company grows. It’s a far-reaching job within the organization and would be along the same lines as a director in most other companies (but in this case my boss would be a director, so I’d just be “senior.” Meh, but… Read more »
Dan
Dan
4 years 11 months ago
I have a pretty good idea of what my dream job is. However, I would like to know: 1. How do I best research and find organizations that can meet my goals? (Most of my job hunting surrounded indeed.com). 2. How do I find out what they need so that I can easily convince them I’m the best person to help them? (Aka, how do I get into their heads) 3. How do I position myself once I know what they need? Also, I’m not assuming that the position is advertised. I’ve heard quite a bit that there are ways… Read more »
Craig
Craig
4 years 11 months ago
I’m 54. 15 years in current position. The last 3 years have been hell. People who do REAL work, have become overworked (no personal life, lots of unpaid OT), while upper management gets big bonuses, stock options, etc., but keeps company under-resources. I’m actively looking for over a year. I find my main obstacle is my salary. HR types feel it’s an “Employers Market”. They would love to have me, for a 25-30% discount. I can’t sell myself short. How do I find a job that pays a 54 year old with 30 years relevant experience, what he’s worth??? Note:… Read more »
Trina
Trina
4 years 11 months ago

How do I best market myself for a job that I’m a little under qualified for? I’m a quick learner and can pick up just about anything I attempt in the workplace. That being said, I tend to want to apply for jobs that I’m under qualified for but really interested in, and I know I could do the job well if given the chance. How do I market myself?

SoCalB
SoCalB
4 years 11 months ago

Is there an effective way to compete against an interim in the position? I know the field that I would like to go into, and succeed at getting to both the first and second round of interviews only to find that there was an interim working the position that gets selected. Or are those positions essentially a lost cause?

Austin Gunter
Austin Gunter
4 years 11 months ago

The question that I hear in many technology entrepreneur circles is, when are you going to start your company? The assumption is often that having a job is a waste of time and a toxin to your creative, free, and risk-taking entrepreneurial spirit.

My question is this: what’s your take on working to pay the bills and simultaneously gain skills and experience as an entrepreneur? Is it an either or/proposition?

Wilbert Rosario
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I do not have a dream job, I will prefer to create my own company… Screenprinting company. On the meanwhile I am investing in people I trust in order to earn money from them. In other words, I am investing a capital that they return me one year later with 50% more that what I invest. This give me time to focus on the company I would like to have. In my case, I would like to read your book and make some of the courses you teach, just to learn more and more about how the money… Read more »
David Schell
David Schell
4 years 11 months ago

I wanted to work in tech support for a long time. I finally got the job, but within a year, it started getting old. In just over a year and a half, I hated it so much that I quit with no other job to go to. Now I’m in college learning Film Production so I’ll have a marketable skill I don’t hate.

I’m still working out what my dream job is.

michael
michael
4 years 11 months ago

I want to be a movie producer.

Pierre W.
4 years 11 months ago
I have been lucky enough to figure out the career path I am most passionate about at the age of 23 when many of the people around me are still playing the field to find it out. What I to know is how to do build my resume into an excellent representation of what I can do for companies in my field? Other than freelance work that I have been doing, my part time jobs are completely unrelated to the field I’m breaking into. Is it better to keep getting unrelated jobs to help keep bills off my back while… Read more »
Karen
Karen
4 years 11 months ago

I do not have my dream job, far from it. I do know what my dream job and company are. The thing is the company is so small and the industry is really brand new and very niche. I have no idea how to approach them or even what to offer them. Just admiring their work, I do not think is enough.

When you were fresh out of school without a whole lot of professional experience and wanting to pursue a dream job in a industry that is very niche how did you figure out what to offer them?

Marie
Marie
4 years 11 months ago

Ditto.

Jose Hinojosa
Jose Hinojosa
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I’m comming back to my country (Chile) after a few years working as contractor on Turkey and US. I’m working on software development area and I would like to start getting my own clients. I already have settled my own company back on Chile and I want to use it!. 1) What is the best way to detect potential customers?. 2) What would be the best strategies to close a deal with those customers? 3) What would be the best way to nich my work? I currently work on banking solutions, and I would like to provide services… Read more »
Lynn
Lynn
4 years 11 months ago

Hi Ramit –

Great timing – relocated for a loved one and now finding work. Dream job now awaits me!

My question: how can I get the jobs that are not posted online?

And, how can I make it passed the online application process for jobs I _know_ I would be awesome at?

Thanks!

Allie
Allie
4 years 11 months ago

What’s the best way to make your resume stand out? Are there things people put on them (volunteer work, college awards etc..) that should be forgone for more description as to what you did or accomplished at your job?

Karrie
Karrie
4 years 11 months ago
I am currently a very broke stay @ home mother of 2, raising my children with a very traditional lifestyle and organic home cooked meals is my passion. I tried home daycare, hoping this would be a way to utilize my passion for raising my children while still earning an income. I found out quickly that I only love raising my OWN children. My daycare (organic and eco-based) was officially closed 2 weeks ago, thank goodness. But now what, I need an income! My previous background before having a family was in prestige cosmetics business management and freelance make up… Read more »
MEM
MEM
4 years 11 months ago
I’m back in the job market and interview world and in prepping (in my mind) answers for the most asked questions, I find myself at a loss for the often asked, what’s your biggest weakness. I don’t particularly want to go with the traditional (for me) — I’m a perfectionist and have a hard time letting go, I care too much about my work, etc. answers. One of my weaknesses is I have a hard time delegating, but that’s not one of those things I want to tell them in an interview…. any suggestions on “winning” answers for this question?
Michael Krause
Michael Krause
4 years 11 months ago

I do not know what my dream job is. I like my current one, but it’s not my dream. My last one was even more exciting/fulfilling, but I can’t discern what made it that way. In other words, I cannot define my dream job. I love to speak, help people, travel and eat food! I enjoy technology, fitness and strategic planning. So how in the world do I identify what my dream job is?

Russell
Russell
4 years 11 months ago
It took me 10 years out of high school to figure it out, but my dream job is natural resource law enforcement– the kind of park ranger that keep dirtbags out of the great outdoors. My undergrad is in outdoor education, but those positions on the federal level seem to be more at risk for funding cuts than law enforcement. I’m fortunate to have three federal agencies operating areas within driving distance (I’m in Las Vegas), so I have good options. I’ve already completed a National Park Service (NPS) law enforcement ranger academy on my own dime, and now I’m… Read more »
Anne
Anne
4 years 11 months ago

How do you make yourself portable if you’re in a field that’s heavily concentrated in one particular location, or at least in a handful of large cities, but don’t want to be stuck living there forever?

Shirley T.
Shirley T.
4 years 11 months ago
I would like to know two things: 1. How can I walk into my ideal job and instantly get an interview? or 2. Most people people pay little attention to the resume, so I want to know what specific actions I need to do to secure the job, skipping the whole interview process. (Calling and sending resume’s weekly has not been working out for me). My ideal job is working as a project manager in the Interactive Entertainment industry. This post could not have come at a better time! I had just sent out 5 resumes this morning, and submitted… Read more »
Jon
Jon
4 years 11 months ago

Hey Ramit,

I’m interested in applying for an engineering position at Airbnb. Currently, it’s not viable for my wife and I to move out to the Bay Area, but I am willing to travel a good amount. How should I bring this up? Do I wait until I make it to in-person interviews to mention it?

Thanks,
Jon

Carmen
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I basically have my dream job – but how do I get through the HR bullshit? 1. After interviewing several people in my industry and in the company I wanted, I landed an internship there. 2. I was hired as a Financial Analyst after a 3 month internship, and I skipped a salary band as Financial Analyst > Accountant. 3. I get a 401k with employer matching after 5 years (currently I am 20% vested), 100% tuition reimbursement, and great health insurance (which covered a good amount of my Lasik eye surgery and my husband’s asthma medications ).… Read more »
Brittany
Brittany
4 years 11 months ago
Hey Ramit, My dream job (at least right now) would be working for Burton Snowboards in their engineering or design department. I’ve applied for their open positions posted on the website, but haven’t gotten an interview for any of them. To attempt to get my name in front of real people, I used Google and LinkedIn to track down the names of some of their engineers/designers and sent them a real snail mail letter asking them if they had any thoughts or advice on how to get my foot in the door there. One of them actually responded, and let… Read more »
Bukka
Bukka
4 years 11 months ago

How do I make my resume stand out more than the guy(s) with nearly the exact same history and qualifications or better?

Tyler
Tyler
4 years 11 months ago

Hello;
I am curious into finding out how to negotiate your salary when in the interview process

Eric Thorn
Eric Thorn
4 years 11 months ago

How did you get noticed by big/awesome companies?
Any specificic thing that helped a lot?

(Other than having a top-notch resume and presentation.)

Katherine C.
Katherine C.
4 years 11 months ago
Wow! This will be a great feature. I have about a million questions but here are three: 1) What if a person’s ideal job doesn’t readily exist? How does one find something extremely unusual? My dream is to find a part-time VP of marketing gig for a really interesting BtoB startup in Silicon Valley that pays $90-100K and would allow me to manage an inside sales team and work remotely most of the time from the East Coast. 2) How does someone who is terrible at interviews cope? My IQ drops 100 points the moment I step into an interview.… Read more »
Trevor
Trevor
4 years 11 months ago

Ok, so here are my questions:
1 – I know the dream job exists, the req is out, have had the phone interview, awaiting a call for the in person interview, it requires 3/4 travel, but could mean relocation. Is there a way to justify (e.g. show value) me staying in my current location vs relocating, since the position would have me on the road 3 out of every 4 weeks? I love to travel, so I’d have no problem traveling up to the office when I’m not on other travel..

Thanks!

Keith
Keith
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, I am going to be applying for a career at a University and while it is not my dream job, it is a step in that direction. I have never worked in the education field (while I do have my BS in Childhood Education), I believe I would be a good fit for the position. While I obviously want to know how to make my Resume stand out to the Dean and HR, I really want to know how to make my Cover letter stand out from the others. How do I show I would add value in a… Read more »
Access Awareness
4 years 11 months ago

Hi Ramit,
I have my idea and i have created a webstie for it.
How do I get clients so as to turn this into a profitable business?
I want four clients a day.
With cheer! Donna

Bill
4 years 11 months ago
Question: I’d like to more about using the Briefcase Technique where the job doesn’t lend itself to volunteering “solutions”? What’s the corollary, for instance, in a profession (e.g. law firm)? My attempted answer: I wanted to work part-time at a startup this year (it’s my last year of law school). So, I tailored the topic of an independent paper about trademark law to directly address trademark issues that this company is facing. I’m struggling to get connected to the legal people at the startup (I have coffee scheduled with a part-timer later this week), but when I do, I feel… Read more »
Kristen
Kristen
4 years 11 months ago

Love this! You nailed it. The on-campus recruiting visits often misses great candidates as they focus only on grades or only on who your career services office lets interview.

Allan
Allan
4 years 11 months ago

Intriguing questions.

How can one find their dream job and calling/reboot when they:
A) Had a mediocre GPA in school
B) Been in a crappy position for a few years
C) In need of some enlightening guidance
?
Thanks

Marc
4 years 11 months ago
What I’ve tried so far: 1. Networking through personal contacts to speak to Hiring Managers and decades long employees of the industries I’m interested in. 2. Redesigned my resume based on Kevin Fox, former web designer at Google: http://fury.com/resume/resume_kevin_fox.pdf 3. Reworked my bullet point cover letter into something an HR manager would want to read as explained by this hiring manager here: http://www.askamanager.org/2007/06/what-does-good-cover-letter-look-like_13.html 4. Used the salary range tactic explained by you to answer the mandatory salary requirement question in online applications. 5. In the process of building a website similar to http://googlepleasehire.me/ for the specific company I want to… Read more »
Clare O'Reilly
Clare O'Reilly
4 years 11 months ago
Dear Ramit, I found your Earn1K course hugely helpful and inspirational, but a few modules in I got an opportunity to travel for a while so I’ve paused my Earn1K modules to resume at a later date. I believe it is the perfect tool to equip me in my quest for my ‘dream’ job, or should I say, ‘dream’ lifestyle. After job-hopping since I left university (two “dream” jobs at 1.5 years each), I have FINALLY identified what makes me happiest, and therefore now have a better idea of what my dream job looks like. I want to sidestep careers… Read more »
Morgan
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, One of the fundamental truths of life is that with age comes experience. Yes, yes, yes, we can intern, plan, study, etc, but the truth is, we won’t have the experience we need to get what we want until we do it. Doing it, despite Nike’s supplication, is reliant on convincing someone that you a) already know what you’re doing, probably better than the last person to do it or b) you can be taught better than anyone else how to do it. I imagine as a college student you were relying more on ‘b’ than ‘a’. How… Read more »
Adrien
Adrien
4 years 11 months ago
I am currently not working in my preferred job. I have already identified the position I want in the sector I want. Via google, linkedin, a specialized database and informational interview in my personal network, I have identified the companies that exists in my country as well as the people I could contact inside of these companies; so the lead part as mostly been done even though my list of contacts will certainly continue to grow. As this is small companies (between 5 and 20 people) in a fairly specific field (less than 20 companies in my country), my list… Read more »
Jerome Jahnke
4 years 11 months ago

How can I objectively tell if I have a good resume? If I ask friends, they don’t do hiring so they may or my not know, a professional resume writer will always tell me that my resume could use some help. And if I send it into the black box that is the software companies use to filter people out you don’t know if you are filtered out because your resume is bad or because you are not a good fit.

Tara
Tara
4 years 11 months ago

Is it acceptable to ask for the salary range when the company first contacts me about setting up an interview? Some jobs are a long commute so not sure if it’s worth the interview if the salary’s not right. Also any tips on negotiating salary would help, even if they say it’s not negotiable. And best answers to interview ?s.

Cooper
Cooper
4 years 11 months ago

As an engineering senior in college preparing to graduate and find the first *real* job, how should I structure a portfolio to stand out from the rest of my fellow classmates?

Ryan
Ryan
4 years 11 months ago

What is the 3 best questions to ask to open your mind up to finding your true passions or things that you want to do. I’ve been doing dreamlining for some time now, but I’m struggling finding things that I really want to do other than businesses that I want to start.

Bee
Bee
4 years 11 months ago

People always say to do something you love and to find your passion. Travel is my passion. Exploring cultures, places, and then sharing my experiences.

I’d like to see tips/ideas on how to monetize one’s passions in life.

Heather
Heather
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I am a 41 year old mother of two (ages 8 and 10). I have recently realized that I will only be child-rearing for another 10 years or so, and will need something to do that is for me. I would like the work to be engaging, stimulating and fun. I am currently a stay at home mom, and my husband has a great job with great benefits, so the income is not an issue except in the self-esteem sense. My older son is in treatment for leukemia, so a 60-hour-a-week-eat-me-alive job is totally out of the question.… Read more »
Stefan Wolff
Stefan Wolff
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, I am still in college on the never-ending “internship hunt,” but weary of following the traditional path of finance major -> two years at some Fortune 500 -> MBA -> 40 more years at some Fortune 500. I am not necessarily motivated by the money, but I do want to be compensated well for the work that I do.. so how do I find companies that are in line with my idea of “work,” aka a company that invests in me as much as I invest in it? Last summer, as a rising sophomore, I interned at a Noname… Read more »
Deidre
Deidre
4 years 11 months ago

Hi Ramit,
I have two questions: how do you find unpublished jobs and how do you make a career change from an executive assistant to a financial analyst with little experience, but an MBA in nearly completed?

Thanks!

J Jones
J Jones
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit, I love this idea! I know certain skills that I possess, but how do I turn that into finding an amazing job for me? I’ve been out of school for 5+ years – I have a Chemistry degree and like what I do. I want to wake up every morning excited about my work. Can’t wait to hear more!

Aaron
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, My dream job would be working for a large manufacturer of military grade rifles, traveling around the country making volume sales of arms to government agencies, private military contractors, and foreign governments (the ones) not prohibited from buying them from the United States. I really enjoy the shooting sports. My passion for firearms would inform my work – I absorb gun knowledge readily, and I convey an infectious enthusiasm for the subject. I suspect, however, that any company selling these items would strongly prefer their sales reps to have a military and/or police background. I don’t have either qualification,… Read more »
Dave
Dave
4 years 11 months ago
How do you make a company aware that you know how to solve an issue they’re facing? For example, in writing emails to respond to job posts, I’ve written how I would attack the problem they face- “I know that in working with at-risk students, discipline issues can be frequent and stressful. That’s why I’ve always created a clear structure for my classes. This way, the students know what to expect and what is expected of them.” This doesnt seem to work for me, though. Is it too vague? OR How do find out the names of the “people who… Read more »
Ashley
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit,

Right now I am in the process of trying to change industries into something that I’m more passionate about. I’m starting off broad and in the next couple of months I want to really be targeting specific positions. Do you have any tips on how to zero in on how to determine a target industry or position?

Lacy Zimmerman
Lacy Zimmerman
4 years 11 months ago

I feel like I’m going in circles trying to decide what type of job I want to target in my job search. I can’t move forward in my job hunt because I feel like my online presence needs to be so specific to a certain job. How do I make a general online presence while keeping it some what targeted as well?

Yulanda
Yulanda
4 years 11 months ago

Hi!
My dream jobs 1) ESLTeacher 2)start my freelance copywriting business

What I’m doing right now:
1) taking a TESOL certification course (almost done)
2)taking a copywriting course with AWAI

What I want to know:
1)How do I get many job offers from Business English schools and Public schools around the world (particularly Korea and Japan)?
2) How can I get clients to pay me a lot of money for my copywriting services with my very limited experiences?

James J
James J
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit, I am a very logical and mathematically-minded person. I like working on my own, but definitely do not want to be a hermit. I like working with people too – how do I find a balance? I have a Chemistry degree and have been in the workforce for 5 years with a job I like. How do I determine the job I will love with my particular skills and strengths? Cheers.

Terry
Terry
4 years 11 months ago

Hi,

I know my strengths and can be a huge value to the right company. My ability to relate with clients and maintain a long lasting and beneficial relationship has been proven again and again based on my previous experiences. I know the value I bring to the table however it seems often impossible to reach the right decision makers within an organization that would clearly see that value. How do I promote myself in such a way that others will clearly see my value and take a chance that later they will be rewarded for?

Eilis Mernagh
4 years 11 months ago

My dream job is writing movie scripts, and I’m doing that. I’m not making money from it yet, but someday I will. Find your passion, pursue it, and that will be your dream job.

GG
GG
4 years 11 months ago
Im a 30 year old engineer. After a few crappy jobs, 5 years ago I got a good job, not my dream job, but in something I enjoyed. Things didn´t turn out as I hoped and after all that time in the SAME job and not getting growth opportunities, I decided not to waste more time there and look for another job. I got a job offer at my dream company, but I needed to do a career change and start over… less pay, completely different activities and possibly move to another city. I was affraid I would regret not… Read more »
Natalie @ Mango
4 years 11 months ago

Hi Ramit. I think people might be interested to know what industries are more likely to be hiring and where, so that when they do go out and search for their dream jobs, they know what they’re getting themselves into. At Mango we recently did an infographic breaking down the job market (who’s hiring, where, etc.) that people might find helpful. Check it out if you’d like! Looking forward to reading your upcoming posts on the subject! -Natalie

gwendolyn
gwendolyn
4 years 11 months ago
Do I have a dream job already? I am a CPA at a small firm. The thing is I love my boss and people I work with. So I do not dread coming into work. I also love my clients and helping them run successful businesses. But I do not love my salary. It is small and my benefits have been cut where we are given only $300 to find our own insurance. So I want to learn how to negotiate my salary, my raise is coming up in November but here is the kicker, I’m on maternity leave. Except… Read more »
marco tulio corona pacheco
marco tulio corona pacheco
4 years 11 months ago

Dream job…

I Justhave some ideas, but nothing clear

I like to write and I do. but i would like to get paid for it.

A job with no horary.

asrai
4 years 11 months ago
My favorite blog about “passion” is Cal Newport’s blog, Study Hacks. “To summarize, I agree that you shouldn’t tolerate being unhappy with what you do. The best way to combat this unhappiness, however, is not to drop everything and start from scratch, but instead to become good at something valuable, then take this value out for a spin.” http://calnewport.com/blog/2011/08/13/dont-quit-your-day-job-transform-it-why-following-your-passion-is-the-wrong-way-to-find-occupational-happiness/ (Hey he references the Earn 1 k in talking abot dream job delusion- http://calnewport.com/blog/2010/09/10/the-danger-of-the-dream-job-delusion/) Lots of people believe something outside themselves can make them happy or unhappy. Instead of the the knowledge that all feelings are fleeting. And focusing on what… Read more »
Jason Ryz
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, I am a practicing physician who also owns a supplement company, multiple investment properties, and a property management company. I completed my residency three years ago and while working as a physician, I was able to build my 3 businesses. I have no formal business training. Recently, I thought about the possibility of transitioning into a completely new career – commodity trading (a passion that I’ve had for many years). How do I explain to a company that I want to change careers from a physician (and entrepreneur) into something entirely different – commodity trading and having them take… Read more »
Cat
Cat
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, I am an engineer and an MBA, I have 8 years of professional experience in a fortune 500 but I ran out of passion. I am trying to find what my next big dream is. I want to start my own business but don’t feel ready yet (I am subscriber to your earn 1k). But haven’t been able to develop my idea yet. While I can really find and structure my profitable idea I need to be able to find my next great job with great salary and I know you can help. I am just starting my job… Read more »
RD
RD
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, I know you like specifics and data… I’m 28 year old Indian-American male living in So-Cal and I’m currently unemployed. EDUCATION: Degree – Marketing – Cal State School – GPA 3.14 Activities: President of Asian Student Alliance – Study Abroad in Korea – 1 semester UC Extension classes: Marketing, Acting & Korean WORK HISTORY: (1) Non Profit Asian Film Festival (9 years) – ROLE: Board Member, Marketing Manager & Volunteer Manager PROS: Great leadership, cool people, creative roll, working with filmmakers and passionate volunteers, fun, great leadership CONS: Low pay, no travel (2) Major Japanese Conglomerate – Ed-tech division… Read more »
Nate
Nate
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit, you’re always talking about testing and validating ideas when it comes to weeding out crappy business ideas. What are some techniques for testing when it comes to identifying your “dream” job and whether it is really right for you?

Karen White
4 years 11 months ago
Wow, Ramit, there are a LOT of comments to this post, you will be wading through these for some time! I’m building my own business full time right now, but may need to take a part-time job for awhile so my reserves don’t go down to zero. How can I get a GOOD part-time job (I am a graphic designer/copywriter/marketer), without being dinged for having my own business at the same time? Also, I have white hair (which I like very much), and a young face, but I fear I’ll experience “ageism” if I don’t wear a wig, or worse,… Read more »
peter
peter
4 years 11 months ago
My biggest question is, how do I fucking win at fucking networking? Problems are: 1. I am limited in resources, 2. I’m lazy, and tend to play video games when I shouldn’t, 3. I’m a long talker… I love to talk and talk and talk, 4. I live in a pretty empty place for opportunity, and all here are just minimum wage workers, or factory workers, or just do-nothings. My dream job is to be an IT project manager who successfully (within scope, budget, and time limits) tackles the nightmare projects like the demon-fighter that I am. I also want… Read more »
Mike
Mike
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I am a recent JD/MBA graduate from a mid-level university. I’ve recently become interested in trying to get a job with a tech company in Austin, TX doing Product Management. However, I don’t really have much of a formal technical background (my undergrad major was philosophy) and most of the jobs I’ve found want at least a couple years of experience in a product management position. I do have some technical knowledge- I’m proficient in HTML and CSS and I’m currently learning to program in Ruby and Python. I’ve also read a number of books on UX and… Read more »
Sarah L
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I’m a senior in college this year, so I’m on the hunt for my dream job…or at least a position that will open up the opportunity for my dream job in the future. I’m definitely curious as to how to go about negotiating. But I think my main concern is understanding how to market myself well for a field I’m not entirely sure I want to go in. I’m a finance major, and at this point, I want to become a financial planner. I have an internship for a local financial planning firm in town, and I can… Read more »
Carmen
Carmen
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I basically have my dream job – but can I get through the HR red tape? The HR system here dictates that: 1. Your yearly raise is limited by 5% unless you jump to a new position in which you’re capped at 10%. 2. In addition managers are hand-tied in giving out raises because a higher raise to one employee means a lower raise for the rest. I do things way out of my scope that I have gotten official recognition for. I was hired as a Financial Analyst and skipped a salary band since F.A. > Accountant.… Read more »
Chris Tyler
4 years 11 months ago
Great topic and a concept I struggle with a lot. My dream job involves my passion for outdoor (backpacking and hiking) education and guidance. I really enjoy getting people, who have never experienced the backcountry, into remote places, safely, while teaching them tips and tricks and how to enjoy it along the way. One of the challenges I face with starting my dream job right now is that I support a wife and 4 children, and outdoors-related jobs are generally not high paying. In order to find a job that would allow me to support my family, I need to… Read more »
MB
MB
4 years 11 months ago
I selected a company I wanted to work for and got the VP of HR’s email address and directly emailed her and said: I know you are doing X in your organization and I have a lot of experience in X. I know I can be immediately effective and help you. She did not respond but forwarded my email to someone in the organization – the Director of IT – and I ended up getting the job. So possibly identify what it is you want and try and get an interview. The key is getting yourself in front of someone… Read more »
Marin
Marin
4 years 11 months ago

I have tried using next method.

Use e-mail to contact company. I tell them I’ m researching industry.
So far 3 times asked and 2 times received answer.

How to find true pain?

I get answers on survey, but I don’t believe they tell me problems for which they will pay. I don’t think direct question is smart idea.

How to reach true decision maker?

Katie
Katie
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, My ultimate goal is to secure a job at a college or university. At the moment I have only one target university on my list (I interviewed there last week, but I did not get the job). I am working to finalize a list of 10 target campuses where I’d like to work – I’m targeting colleges mostly by location and by my familiarity with the school but I’m also considering their ranks in “Top Colleges to Work for 2011” (chronicle.com has a list as well as Forbes). My plan is to make contacts at these target schools… Read more »
Lew
Lew
4 years 11 months ago
My #1 dream job is to be the host of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. But, until Guy Fieri retires, I will have to go for my second dream job — owning my own pizza restaurant. I can picture it all in my head, from the decor in the restaurant to the flavors and textures of the pizza. (This isn’t NY-style pizza because there wouldn’t be any flavors and even less texture which is equivelent to soggy cardboard.) I took the 48 hour challenge and have already started implemented my tests. The one question I have is how to “sell” myself… Read more »
Sara
Sara
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, What advice do you have for grad students? More specifically, do you have suggestions to those who are halfway/post-Master’s in a PhD program as to how we can create and make the most of networking opportunities, how to pursue internships and know which internships have the most value, and seeking jobs while you are ABD (all but dissertation)? Do you have advice regarding how to best market yourself during and after grad school? Near the end of grad school, are there any steps you recommend for making the transition to working and finding work in your field? I’m… Read more »
Frankie
Frankie
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, I just graduated with my bachelor’s in May from Cornell in Entrepreneurship and Finance. My GPA was 3.34 I started my job search later than usual. I don’t want to go into banking and really want to join a tech startup in some sort of analyst or business development position (even though I’m not an engineer). I have experience working as a licensed commodities broker (internship), commercial banking compliance (intern), founded a security camera e-commerce site and ran that for a little over a year and research assistant experience. I don’t have a job yet and have tried applying… Read more »
Frankie
Frankie
4 years 11 months ago

I also forgot to add that I’m currently located in Florida and would prefer to be in California, New York, or Seattle. How do I go about switching coasts? That has also been pretty frustrating.

Noel
Noel
4 years 11 months ago

I think I’m typecast as a techie and not management caliber in my current position. How can I make sure that when I make a break for my own business I’m not sabotaging my pitches to potential clients by being ‘too engineerey’?

Thanks.

2011 MBA
2011 MBA
4 years 11 months ago

I joined business school full-time after working for 3 years.

Over the past few months post-MBA, I have discovered that I am interviewing for the same jobs as people who have 5-8 more years of work experience than I. Employers say they want fresh blood and care more about drive than experience. They even let me go through all of the interview rounds.

But then the experienced people get the offers.

What do I need to do to convince an employer that I’m not as big of a risk as they think — that he/she really does want fresh blood over experience?

geogeo
geogeo
4 years 11 months ago

how do you prepare for an interview?

steve ward
4 years 11 months ago
hello Ramit, good to talk with you again (ok that sounded lame lol) i enjoy reading and putting into action several of your post. My plans for this post the (How to become world-class at finding your dream job) Is to help me with my own system, here is what i have done already and what i need help with What i have done so far: I have several years of small business knowledge so i have knowledge of how to set one up, how to keep it running and how to close it down. Beyond that I’m a self… Read more »
steve ward
4 years 11 months ago

9) how do you show and not tell a company, a boss, a person that you are the greatest thing since sliced bread? For instance lets say a company is in cali and you live in Ohio, do you hope on a plane and ask them out for coffee when you land?

Joe
Joe
4 years 11 months ago

How would you recommend reacting when being asked a question in an interview you do not know the answer to? For example, being asked what you think about a particular methodology you have not heard of or used in your experience.

GL5
GL5
4 years 11 months ago

I have just moved back to the US after living in Europe for 7 years. Prior to leaving for Europe I worked in tv production and creative services management. In Europe, I worked in tv marketing (commercials, corporate videos) and education (teaching and lecturing at primary schools and universities). I’m creating a company that creates new media content for businesses (corporate videos) and entertainment content for the web. Question: should I focus on the corporate work first and if so, what is the best way to approach potential clients?

Johnny
Johnny
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit Yes I have a dream job. I would love to join the Android development team at Google! I applied a few months ago and got a phone interview, but unfortunately didn’t go past that. Anyway, my question is, what is the best “system” for applying to jobs / contacting prospective employers? i.e. Emailing in a resume is an obvious way to get ignored in today’s economy/job market. Dan Miller, author of 48 Days to the Work You Love, recommends mailing (yes physically *mailing*) in an “introduction letter”, then 7 days later mailing a cover letter/resume, and finally calling… Read more »
Johnny
Johnny
4 years 11 months ago

I’ve only spoken to the phone interviewer. Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone else at Google. Should I just start tweeting at random Googlers with public accounts? Not sure how else to find/contact them, or what to say really. Although what good will it do since I was already officially denied? I should focus on new companies, no?

G
G
4 years 11 months ago

Hi,
So I have done the “research interview” only to find out that what I thought would be my dream job wasn’t quite right for me. Better to find out now rather than later right? But what if everything you thought was supposed to be right for you just doesn’t pan out? Worse what if what you’re good at is something you don’t really like at all???

Kurt
Kurt
4 years 11 months ago
I would like to know about how best to utilize a degree I kind of wish I never got. Here’s my situation: – Began a Chemistry major with the intention of going to med school. Decided not to do that. – Decided to go to grad school instead after my junior year. By the beginning of my senior year I’d decided that wasn’t a good fit either. I don’t want to devote my life to science and that’s what it takes to be successful at the PhD level. I want my work to financially support my life, not to BE… Read more »
Mac
Mac
4 years 11 months ago
Hi, Ramit, Thanks for writing this. I’m in one of those companies you described, where it recently dawned on me how ridiculous it was that someone is determining my self worth based on an arbitrary rating. I wish I was as prescient as you were during school as I may have taken a different path. I’m currently trying to transition to a different job, but I’m having trouble pinning down job titles as I’ve been told by people I’ve spoken to (career counselors and the like) that the job I’m looking for doesn’t exist. Thus far, I’ve completed various career… Read more »
DL
DL
4 years 11 months ago
How to find unadvertised jobs? How to know what is the salary range to avoid asking for too high or low? How to state your desired salary when they ask in the interview? How to negotiate higher if they offer you a lot lower than you expected? How to ask for salary amount you want without fear of losing the perceived opportunity of the one and only dream job? Would you apply for a job where you match only 60-70% of requirements/experience? If you do not match exactly the experience they want, what is best way to present your your… Read more »
Morgan
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I’m a writer, facilitator and consultant. My emphasis right now is leading college essay writing workshops targeted to small organizations, high schools (in NYC–mostly charter since they have a greater emphasis on college readiness and the infrastructure to make decisions a bit more expediently than traditional public schools) and individuals. I have a great list of about 100 contacts to pursue and a business plan that markets my offers exceptionally well. The catch: None of these places are actively recruiting for this opportunity but all could benefit from it. **HOW do I convey my opportunities to them and… Read more »
Peter
Peter
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, My question is how best to prepare the following documents for my upcoming performance review (=opportunity to get a raise+bonus). I show these three documents and discuss w/my manager, who then has to “pitch” my performance to a committee. I never get to talk to the committee. I do have to provide my manager with enough information to make a good case. 1. list of yearly objectives/results 2. list of awards, publications, any other accomplishments 3. one page viewgraph, nearly any format I want, highlighting one or two most important accomplishments from 2 in more detail. any advice… Read more »
Ben
4 years 11 months ago

I recently found my dream job. So many of these comments have absolutely nothing to do with actually finding or getting the job! Do the job, talk about what you’ve done.

There’s always some way you can do what you want to, no matter how minor. It’s interview ammo, and leads to understanding, and the briefcase technique.

Erin
Erin
4 years 11 months ago

I want to be a sports massage therapist hired by contract to work for a really famous (read: rich) athlete. I read an article about a woman who does this and she pretty much just works part time, sometimes massages him for sprains and injuries/recovery from once a week to twice a day sometimes. Sounded pretty sweet, and she made bank.

Muffadal
4 years 11 months ago
I have recently quit a corporate job to work on some startup ideas and I am loving the challenge and the excitement from not knowing exactly what is going to come next and having to figure it out as I go. I think of this as my perfect job because I feel like I am making an impact and I see the results of my labor. I like that I am figuring out how I can best use my skills and experiences to help leave our world better than how I found it. I am in the stage where I… Read more »
DP
DP
4 years 11 months ago
Without a doubt, I would love to know most about writing a winning resume and then nailing the toughest interview questions. Because I’m all about thinking and doing things differently, I constantly wonder what ways you can land a job without going through the “resume–>interview process”. I have heard quite a few stories of how people just happened to meet and connect with the right people higher up in a company and only having to go through that process as a formality because they convinced the higher-up enough already that they were perfect for the position. This is clearly a… Read more »
Pritesh
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit:

Have you noticed how you get hundreds of replies with almost the same questions from us when you promise to deliver something back with your own thoughts but hardly get double digit replies when you post amazing case studies or regular post?

Are we all just want ‘more’ information on what Ramit thinks/says or are we really looking to change our existing jobs?

Cheers,
Pritesh

Angie
Angie
4 years 11 months ago

I decided to read through the comments and see which one Ramit was responding to and happened upon this one. It’s funny, because I noticed the same thing around 12 pm EST today and that fact is what encouraged me to even look into the Earn1K program. Here’s to the beginning of changing my outlook. Cheers!

John G
4 years 11 months ago
As an Army Reservist with a degree in music performance, I have a hard time with a few things: – How do I figure out what I’m “qualified” to do? – How do I convert the skills that I have learned in the military into civilian equivalents? – Many employers seem hesitant about hiring Army Reservists because they tend to deploy frequently and/or have mandatory training events that take them away from work. How do you suggest I work with my civilian employer to resolve these sorts of issues? Keep up the great work, Ramit! Getting your emails is a… Read more »
Dan
4 years 11 months ago
Wow, some good comments and questions. Some on target, some could be answered by looking at much of the other great material Ramit has shared already. As I build and use my network to learn more about those companies in which I think I could find (or better yet MAKE) my dream job, the challenges I’ve come across are: (1) how to target the briefcase method with more specific numbers from within their business. It is sometimes hard, as an outsider, to get specifics about their internal business either for confidentiality reasons or finding the right contact that is knowledgeable… Read more »
Dan C
Dan C
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit,

I’m working through your course and am running into a little bit of conflicting information with people I am talking with about my idea. I’d like to help people find the right high-end sports car, but it seems like I’d have trouble without having the background of owning any. I think my questions would relate to a lot of people though;

How do you convince someone that your lack of experience shouldn’t be a drawback (to an extent)? How can you demonstrate that your passion, dedication and willingness to learn can make up for experience?

Thanks,

Dan

Matt
4 years 11 months ago
I’ve been looking for a creative job since forever, but that’s part of the problem, I can’t seem to get more specific than “creative,” namely one utilizing my artistic skills. You search for creative jobs online and you get Kinko’s. The other issue is that my job history has nothing of the sort, so attempts to tailor my resume to find said jobs has been difficult. I recently attempted to, with some help, but the job I was seeking was already gone the day after I saw it online. I’ve looked into gaming jobs, but there’s always some required computer… Read more »
Bryan
Bryan
4 years 11 months ago

What’s the best way to stay focused on my day job during work hours so that I build up my skills during and outside work hours for my dream job?

Megan
Megan
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit I would really like to switch into a different aspect of a career I’m already in. I’m currently ina public setting, but would like to be working in a academic university setting. I have the education required, but most places seem to want only people who have prior experience working in a university. My public experience seems not to matter at all. In my cover letters and resumes, I address all of the points that they are looking for, translating public experience into an applicable collegiate setting. I have gone to continuing education conferences, kept up on technological… Read more »
DP
DP
4 years 11 months ago
Also, the briefcase technique is money. I happen to have an interview next week for a marketing position and am currently working on a “value proposition portfolio”, some of the things I’ve done is making market analyses on the company’s industry that reveal who their target demographic is, what their competitor’s (who is #1 in the industry) target demos is, and how I can add value to the company in my position by helping close the grap in blah – blah – blah specific ways. Should I go into the interview guns blazing? or wait for them to give me… Read more »
Jaime
Jaime
4 years 11 months ago
I find myself in an odd place because I’ve worked 2 dream jobs, but they each only lasted a weekend and both were unpaid/volunteer opportunities. My current job is enjoyable and pays me well, but I know it definitely isn’t my passion. Let me try to sum up how I got into the 2 jobs and why I loved them. The first was helping to host a video game tournament with one of the major game console makers for my college campus. At the time I was part of a club that hosted gaming events, so we did Smash Bros,… Read more »
KP
KP
4 years 11 months ago
I want to be a cross-cultural consultant, using my trilingual international work experience to have my own business, training CEOS and executives all over the world about how better to get along with each other and build the best work environment for success. No, wait, I want to be an interior designer for restaurants and hotels, creating the best spaces for fine dining and rest… Or maybe just a traveling writer, using my travel expertise and way with words to inform others??!! My question is— With all my varied interests, as you can see in the example above, how do… Read more »
David K
David K
4 years 11 months ago

I am a recent college grad stuck in Michigan. How do I convert my $12 an hour manager position into a dream job in a more economically stable part of the country?

Eric B.
Eric B.
4 years 11 months ago
My dream job involves helping companies be better businesses, by helping them trim processes, stop wasting money, and doing a better job of defining their products. Over the years I’ve discovered there’s one big catch…no company will admit their processes are bloated, that they waste too much money or don’t know how to define their products. As a result, they have no motive to hire me. I even learned this on my current 40 hour/week desk job. After assembling a cogent and metric-heavy unsolicited proposal on how we could save money by improving some of our processes, I got a… Read more »
Ananda
Ananda
4 years 11 months ago

Dear Ramit,
1)How can I apply your techniques in Sri Lanka ?
thnx

DL
DL
4 years 11 months ago

Wow – great lead in. Follow my passion and get paid handsomely to do so while impacting the lives of others and helping them in turn to be all they can be. My latest stumbling block is directly tied to having ten plus years in a specific industry (telecommunications) and finding a suitable exit strategy while not sacrificing compensation.
Secondary goal is establishing a secondary business to generate income.
Thanks Ramit

Vik
Vik
4 years 11 months ago
What I have done: In the past 5 years after college graduation I have taken various opportunities climbing to Sr. Analyst at a CPG company. I now took a developmental opportunity on the Sales side because it would allow for management experience, an understanding of the Retail side of the business, and to identify if this is my sweet spot in terms of strength. My strength tends to be more on the people side than analytics, as well as my interest. But to confirm I want to take on the opportunity and really put myself in a new environment I… Read more »
BV
BV
4 years 11 months ago
For graduates, I have a question: Most graduate jobs take about 3 months, some 6 months to go through the whole process: intitial online application, maths/english/other tests, then a phone interview, then two rounds of full interviews etc… The downside of this system is that many people need a job for the interim – and you can’t tell a recruiter that you’re waiting on more important jobs, and taking a decent-ish full time job doesn’t work so well, especially if you have to leave abruptly after 6 months. (Not to mention lying in an interview is bad, and a mediocre… Read more »
S
4 years 11 months ago
Wow, these comments make me feel truly blessed in having found a dream balance. I’m not so much concerned about my specific job per say (because it changes and will continue to change over my lifetime), but rather the balance I have doing various fun and less fun, but required, stuff. No job is perfect, but they generally present opportunities which can be exploited. Instead of being bored during the downtime, I used the lulls to get two side efforts underway. So my balance is great because my “ job” affords me an absurd amount of flexibility and financial return… Read more »
stuart
stuart
4 years 11 months ago

I Don’t know what I want to do with my life.

I have lots of ideas, and lots of goals.

But none of them scream “this is it’

Can you tell me how to figure out what my passion, purpose and life goals are?

Thanks

HoH
HoH
4 years 11 months ago
A few years ago I was looking for a tenure-track faculty position at a University in Europe in my field of expertise. In my field there are between zero and two such openings every year. I had all skills and qualifications for the position and I had applied to every single opening (this part wasn’t really difficult based on the numbers). I got two invitations to job interviews, but no offer from those. In some cases the people who got offers were either former students or long-term collaborators of existing staff (although this is hard to tell/generalize based on the… Read more »
eunice
eunice
4 years 11 months ago

Dear Ramit,
first of all, I would like to thank you for send me so many messages.
My dream job is have a fancy bake store someday in the future. It offer different breads and cakes for consumer. (I have no any experience.)
But, now I have a steadily job, if I work for 25 years, I’ll have retirement pay for all my life.
Sorry, My english is not well, I hope you can understand what I mean.
sincerely,
eunice

Dek8tur
Dek8tur
4 years 11 months ago

My passion is sports. I have worked for a sports league before but not in the right department, so I left. Now I am trying to figure out how to get back into the industry after a 5+ year absence. In the last year I have found that my other passion is coaching volleyball. Now my question is how do I create a gig that will support or offset the low paying coaching gigs and afford me the time to coach (coaching is not a regular 9 to 5).

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years 11 months ago
I currently work at my dream job: teaching art to children. I used to teach fourth grade, but was stressed and miserable at the thought of only teaching to the test. Here’s the way I found my dream job: I worked my hardest, even though I hated it. I found the good and examined the whys of hating my job. Once I realized why I hated my job (too much test stress and no joy in teaching just to teach) I figured out the best way to change it: -examined my natural abilities and talents (which didn’t seem that extraordinary… Read more »
Annie
Annie
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit – thanks for the great post, the timing couldn’t be better as I’m struggling to define the dream job right now and would really appreciate your great insights. 1. I’ve been researching extensively to see if my dream job even exists. Ideally, it would be something in VIP services where I would be a host/concierge of sorts to lucrative individuals or businesses.  I’d travel with or for them, definitely want top notch/first class perks, be an independent contractor with an earning potential that isnt limited to a salary.  Closest advertised jobs that relate to this would be VIP representative… Read more »
Bradley Shively
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I work for one of the “big four” auditors, in its IT consulting practice. I really enjoy my job (for the most part), and I also make a great salary. In fact, my major was the highest paying on average out of my school, and the firm I work for is typically in the top one or two for starting salaries extended to people in my program. However, my passion is to work for a company like Google, Facebook, or Twitter and then eventually to join or form a startup. A few months ago I had an interview… Read more »
Abi
Abi
4 years 11 months ago
I have never been a big fan of the “find your passion, and you will never have to work again” school of crap advice. So you discovery pottery making is your deep desire passion, but if you arent good at it or arnt making money, its unsustainable. Rich people know that only those with power or money are the ones who can truly enjoy their passions. Anycase now my issue. I am male slightly over the demographic of this readership base. I reside in Calgary, Canada. Its oil and gas town. Think Houston, Texas. My professional background is as a… Read more »
YN
YN
4 years 11 months ago
I’m job hunting right now, so this post is well-timed. How do you answer questions about why you left a job? At a recent interview, I was honest and told them I took an extended break to visit family outside the country & do volunteer work. I’m wondering if being honest worked against me. I left last position in good standing, so I could technically go back. But I want to explore other options first. My dream job: I enjoy travel, books and food. If I could do anything in the world, I’d travel and write about my adventures. But… Read more »
YN
YN
4 years 11 months ago

More info:
The healthcare work I’m interested in, I don’t qualify for due to lack of leadership & research experience and not having a grad degree. Did not get into my 1st choice grad school previously, plan to reapply once more for next year. Now, my priority is financial stability.

Ben
Ben
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I am learner and I am fiercely competitive so a dream job is only a temporary thing for me before I need to raise the bar again. I guess you could say I am in my dream job at the moment, doing something I’m good at and that I enjoy and getting nearly 6 figures for it at 24 years of age. Here is how I got my current job: My career was taking a side track that I didn’t want to go down. I got a colleague on broad and we managed to convince my boss (by… Read more »
S
S
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, My biggest need right now is figuring out what my dream job would be — identifying the intersection of what I am good at, what I would enjoy doing, and the opportunities the market offers. I got a 3.8 GPA from an Ivy League university, and got a fairly competitive consulting job, so I must have some skills / talent, but I feel like I’ve been struggling throughout. Do you know of any tests / methodologies to identify types of work that would be a good fit? Myers-Briggs types me as someone who would thrive in formulaic, highly-structured jobs,… Read more »
Megan
Megan
4 years 11 months ago
Hey Ramit, Long time reader. I am on the hunt for my dream job right now, and I’m in a pretty good position, in that I currently have a good paying job, just the time is right to move on and I have a pretty good idea of the kind of job I want next. I’ve gotten a bunch of leads from contacts already about some great job opportunities. I feel pretty confident and excited about the process, but since I have time, and an existing income, I feel like I have a bit more leeway here. I would love… Read more »
David N
David N
4 years 11 months ago

I would like to see some advice targeted towards students who have just graduated with a degree.

E.g. business degree looking for an analyst position at a Fortune 500/1000 company.

mabu
4 years 11 months ago

Would you ever “liar” about anything to get a job? What would that be?

Addison
Addison
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I’m trying to incorporate dream elements into my somewhat satisfying current job. To do this, to date I have: – identified gaps in my skills and expertise and undertaken further training to address this; – negotiated my salary to just under 6 figures (a point that I thought I would never achieve at age 30); – established a number of business mentor relationships for advice and guidance; and – worked in five different areas of my organisation until I found an area that was a good fit in terms of interesting work, good team members and development opportunities… Read more »
Jamie
Jamie
4 years 11 months ago

I would love to know more about networking. I’m new to my city and new to the networking concept in general. I’ve been attending networking events, and make great connections. I follow up after the event, get a response, and then I’m not sure what to do from there. I know it’s good to find something in common with someone. I met a recruiter who loved cake, but mentioning it every time would be so redundant and boring.

How do I strengthen those relationships and keep them going without shooting the breeze or sounding phony?

Ebelechukwu
Ebelechukwu
4 years 11 months ago

How to convince people to buy my products coz i intend on starting a small clothing line.

Patrick
Patrick
4 years 11 months ago

How do you use negotiate scripts in a company that practices Meritocracy? You mentioned ranking in your post. My company does not negotiate.

Eleni
Eleni
4 years 11 months ago

Hi Ramit,
I’m a big fan of your material.

My questions are:
1) How do you find out about, and consequently get, those un-advertised jobs? And, 2) as I saw in a previous comment, how can I make my cv or cover letter absolutely AMAZING?

Thank you!!!

Israel
Israel
4 years 11 months ago
Hello Ramit, I’ve been working with a firm for the past 10 months not as full time employee but on part time base under a national arrangement and was so dear to the workers but now I wish to work full time for them now my time with the firm is almost coming to an end. there are other opportunities I can actually take but I see this as my first choice. Now, the decision to retain me as a full time worker rest on the directorate who’s not always around to note my impact but hears of my exploits.… Read more »
Diogo
Diogo
4 years 11 months ago
Hello, Rammit. My greatest challange is motivation to work. I have a brilliant school/college background, so geting a new job is a no-brainer for me. I like doing the stuff I’m good at (programming, circuit design, etc) , so passion is not a problem. Doing the same stuff 9-5 mo-fri while there’s so much great things to experience (that doesn’t really cost much money), is what depresses me. My technical skills are such that they are not common enough to be freelanced, and it deals with intelectual property, so I have to be in a company to sign the stupid… Read more »
Michael Enquist
Michael Enquist
4 years 11 months ago

Don’t forget to read Nick Corcodilos’s blog “Ask the Headhunter” if you want to learn how to be world class at finding a job. Nick’s been helping people do just that for a very long time.

Another excellent blog, and in fact the one that introduced me to Ramit, is called “No Shortage of Work.”

Now, dear readers, you have 3 excellent perspectives on finding meaningful work.

Tiago
Tiago
4 years 11 months ago

Can I indicate your course to someone? Are you linked to some affiliate network, or something of the genera? Where’s the entrance point to your system, besides your e-mails?

Kieran
Kieran
4 years 11 months ago

My dream job is coaching/teaching. Currently I am in a RDP that you mentioned in your article, but I love teaching and developing. Unfortunately, I do not have a degree for teaching, or enough money right now to pursue it. I sunk so much money already into a Finance/IT degree.
Love your advice and articles. My personal financial system is going really well b/c of your book. Thanks!

Tif
Tif
4 years 11 months ago
I love to knit and organize yarn. I believe my dream job would be to work or own a yarn store and look at pretty colors, patterns and yarns all day long. I am a single mother with two toddler kids. I currently have a great full-time job that pays over 6 figures, but it is not my dream job. It’s okay when I do well, I do feel accomplished, but I wouldn’t do it for free and I don’t wake up thinking: oh I’m glad to go to work and deal with these people today! I worry that if… Read more »
Christy
4 years 11 months ago
Am I in my dream job right now? Of course. Any job I work is my dream job. I can choose to make it such. There’s always an opportunity to be who we dream of being in any job. It’s not a job’s job to make us happy. It’s our job to be happy in any job. When I look at it that way it’s so freeing. I can work anywhere and be happy. When I’m happy, I do better at my job and make money. Before starting my own business I was working for a company making 6figures working… Read more »
Deidre
Deidre
4 years 11 months ago

Hi Christy,
Your outlook is refreshing! What is your business and what were you doing before?
Thanks!

Christy
4 years 11 months ago

Deidre,
I currently own a life coaching company that specializes in helping people improve their fitness and/or their finances. My philosophy is that people already know what they are suppose to do. There’s an underlying reason that they’re not doing it. I help people get to the bottom of that. You can learn more at http://www.christylambert.com

Prior to starting my business I did public relations & outside sales.
Even when I was in college working at a coffee shop I LOVED my job.

Brandon
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit – I’m in the process looking for my dream job. I’m applying some of your techniques along with some others I’ve adapted. I fully agree with your premise that ‘systems are everything’. The easier you set up a system that you can tweak to produce results, the better. I’m specifically looking for feedback on my system. I’m getting OK results from this but don’t’ feel like there is a good flow from it. Am I approaching this correctly? At times, I feel this approach feels too passive. I’ll ask for information with the questions listed below, but it… Read more »
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Kristen
Kristen
4 years 11 months ago
I recently applied for and got my dream job: professor at a cc. Here’s how I did it: 1. I knew my stuff cold! I have followed Ramit for several years, so I followed his advice. I had done tons of research, attended conferences, met with other professors, volunteered for assignments, researched accreditation, etc. I wanted to know more about my content area than anyone in the pool or even on my hiring committee. 2. Briefcase method – in retrospect I probably could have been even better. I had reviewed the college’s materials and their program. I did not have… Read more »
Arti
Arti
4 years 11 months ago

@Kristen,
Awesome work, and I’m definitely taking notes here. Regardless of the questions Ramit chooses to answer, the comments here are absolute gold and very informative.

kay
kay
4 years 11 months ago
I love my job as a freelance print designer. I have six years of experience with a broad range of clients doing all sorts of projects—from art books for famous artists to educational website design to branding for fair trade companies. But I need to know how to narrow my niche so I can market myself to clients who will pay me what I’m worth. The job is great—dream job—but I don’t know HOW to find clients who have the money to pay me to help their company market themselves. I don’t know which industries can already see the VALUE… Read more »
kay
kay
4 years 11 months ago

* In the first paragraph, I meant that I seem to be wasting a lot of research and time talking to clients who aren’t paying well. I want to know how to more effectively research and connect with the key people in strong industries who need design.

Nancy Plummer
Nancy Plummer
4 years 11 months ago
I recently applied for several jobs in the retail industry. I have over 20 years in the industry; a baby boomer. I was asked to take a survey through PeopleAnswers. Have you heard of this? The questions were mainly psychological, teambuilding, and slightly confusing. I was told I was not within the “acceptable range” of answers and therefore could not continue the interview process. I have heard from friends that work at the company that others also have not passed this test. It makes me wonder, what does it take to get into a company now? These surveys are crazy.… Read more »
Juan
Juan
4 years 11 months ago

Hey Ramit,

I’ve been slowly migrating closer to my dream job from mega consulting corp to internet marketing to startups and web programming. Though the work itself has been getting progressively more satisfying and the people I meet at work more interesting, I am still not at a point where I can honestly say that what I do makes me ‘come alive’.

Do you think this is a reasonable expectation of what you spend most of your time doing? If it is, how would/did you go about finding that as someone with considerable multidimensional experience and talent?

Zain
Zain
4 years 11 months ago
Hey Ramit, Find your passion seems to be the most crucial yet confusing part of job hunting. When people tend to think of passion they think in very narrow terms (I like playing video games) and tend to miss the broader category of things that they enjoy. For example, regarding everyone who says their passion is video games or something else tech related, what would they have been doing 100 years ago? Nothing like that existed back then, does that mean that they wouldn’t have enjoyed anything? Of course not. There are some core passions, like solving challenging problems, helping… Read more »
CEH
CEH
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I don’t have a dream job and I don’t have a passion. I would like to know what that really means. I am currently involved in network marketing, a company that challenges me and builds me and pushes me to be the best person I can be and help others do the same. I want to make 6-7 figures a month residually, and be a philanthropist. I like for my life to be an adventure, and I see many parallels between what you are doing and what I would like to do. Thank you for this platform to… Read more »
Claude
Claude
4 years 11 months ago

I am working part-time on my own in my dream job as a photographer, and have 2-3 new specific areas of photography that I’d like to pursue.

My question is…When asking for an informational interview, or going for a preliminary interview for a new client, what would be the biggest turn-offs to the client so they wouldn’t want to use my services?

or…What are the top 3-5 things I absolutly want to avoid doing at any cost?

Claude
Claude
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit,

I have no specific question…After reviwing all the comments, it seems as though you, aas well as some posters, have already coverd what I was going to ask.

I’ve found that developing a goal and plan, and taking action is the best method for achieving results. The small successes don’t seem to happen overnight, but they do occurr.

Claude
Claude
4 years 11 months ago

…Oops…wanted to say I have no other specific questions…

Ryan
4 years 11 months ago
This one’s a little late. I’m a tech guy. I have an engineering degree and am currently pursuing a master’s in engineering management. I really enjoy solving complex problems creatively. Now the bizarre part. I also love public speaking and writing/editing, and would kill to find a way to combine both passions into a long-term career. Unfortunately, my current position has zero need for these skills. I am considering toastmasters and trying to build up a writing portfolio. Given the less then pithy background, how the hell do I start this thing? I’ve got a family. So, starting at the… Read more »
Daniel
Daniel
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, Here’s the question: How can I tell if the new job I started is a bad fit or just difficult? The short version: Got a new job as BA in gov’t dept. It requires a lot more writing than I expected. Unfortunately, writing has always been a weak spot for me. I’m not sure if it’s wrong type of job or it’s just hard work and I’m being lazy. The long story goes like this: For the last two years I’ve been working as a reporting analyst, designing sales reports, calculating commissions, creating forecasts and sales targets. It was… Read more »
Claudio
Claudio
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, How do I find out what my dream job looks like? I think I want to be an entrepreneur/businessman/investor in commodities producing industry, because I’m passionate about both, and I’ve had an unforgettable entrepreneur-like experience a few years ago. The problem is: I haven’t found a job with such job title yet (I doubt it exists) and I have trouble finding a job that I can really like and find stimulating. I’d like to talk to people who do something similar to what I’d like to do, but where are they? I’ve tried networking, but there everyone seems to… Read more »
Michael Enquist
Michael Enquist
4 years 11 months ago
Ryan, No need to “consider” Toastmasters. Do it. You might find that you want to visit a few clubs to find the one that is a good fit for you right now, but there is no reason to hesitate when it comes to learning public speaking, leadership and effective management of meetings from a group of motivated and motivating peers. Go to toastmasters.org right now, put in your zip code and you will find at least 10 clubs nearby, if you live in even a modest size city. Go visit those clubs and you will meet some of the best… Read more »
J
J
4 years 11 months ago
I am PhD candidate in Bioengineering planning to finish in June 2012 for a gold medal finishing time of 3 years (average for the dept is 5.5 yrs). I am currently applying for life science/healthcare PhD consulting jobs because I want to gain more experience in the pharma/biotech space to prepare me for launching my own/be an executive in a biotech firm. My issue is that I recognize I have a limited amount of time, energy, and attention to devote to my job search over the next 10 months, and I want to find the highest priority areas to devote… Read more »
Basil
Basil
4 years 11 months ago

The job I’m looking at is shipbroking, or connecting companies to marine vessels. How can I demonstrate value to a company when I have no real world experience, just book knowledge on drawing up the contracts? I’m willing to work as hard as I can for the company, but I need a way to stand out from the competition and give them something no others can. It there a good script I could use for enticing clients before applying?

Ling
Ling
4 years 11 months ago

I want to switch fields from a marine-related, project management job that I am in now, to green technology – specifically designing for sustainability, in the form of buildings or products. My question is, how can I convince a potential employer to take me in with no particular relevant design skills (apart from university days; my current job deals more with management than design)?

Dave
Dave
4 years 11 months ago

Most commented post ever?

JG
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, Graduated with a two year associate’s degree in advertising, plus a handful of communications classes. I had difficulty competing with applicants who had more education/experience. Ran out of money to complete the bachelor’s and went into direct sales, money being the motivating factor. Fast forward three years, had mild success and have gained valuable skills, but the passion isn’t there. I’ve tried some networking (trading business cards, reaching out to friends), done some informational interviews without much success. Seems the ad industry is very nepotistic, sometimes I think I haven’t reached out to the right people. My track record… Read more »
Esteban
Esteban
4 years 11 months ago
So, I spent a few years working in a large defense industry contractor as a Software/Computer Engineer and gained some valuable technical experience. I just recently made the transition about a year ago into a Project Management role at a commercial company, and I’m learning a lot about the industry differences, but what I really want is to transition into Product Management and/or Strategy. From looking at what my colleagues do in these roles, I would really like to be doing the type of jobs they do. My questions are (assuming I’m applying for these types of positions at other… Read more »
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Charlie
Charlie
4 years 11 months ago

How would you deal with the comment that “local knowledge is required”?

Tim Rosanelli
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit, I have my dream job of owning a karate school. When I first thought of owning a business, it came down to two choices, Karate School and Brew Pub (I was home brewing beer alot back then). I decided on Karate because I didn’t have any restaurant experience and the start up cost is high. One skill, I always have for jobs was making opportunities and not waiting on opportunities. Most of the jobs throughout my career and even some of the job promotions were created opportunities. My first one was in college. I did very well in Science… Read more »
Jay
Jay
4 years 11 months ago

Teach home brewing and or sell brewing supplies on the side…

Tim Rosanelli
4 years 11 months ago
@ Jay – Now, you’re thinking. With a well-developed business, It’s easier to make money on the side by doing more things related to my karate school so I will continue to homebrew at home. In the last 6 months, I’ve been developing my YouTube channel. I am a YouTube partner so I earn hundreds of dollars per month on it (I can tell you the exact amount because YouTube makes you sign a no-disclosure agreement). By earning money on YouTube isn’t the important thing, these videos I use for student retention and marketing for new students. Also, being on… Read more »
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Tamarisk
Tamarisk
4 years 11 months ago

Here’s my question – I am moving from London, England to Vancouver Canada. How can I polish up my CV so that it shines in a different country? My sector is PR & Marketing and the brands I’ve worked on have a big cache in the UK, they mean almost nothing in Canada.

Marc
Marc
4 years 11 months ago
What I’ve tried so far: 1. Networking through personal contacts to speak to Hiring Managers and decades long employees of the industries I’m interested in. 2. Redesigned my resume based on Kevin Fox, former web designer at Google 3. Reworked my bullet point cover letter into something an HR manager would want to read as explained by this hiring manager here: http://www.askamanager.org/2007/06/what-does-good-cover-letter-look-like_13.html 4. Used the salary range tactic explained by you to answer the mandatory salary requirement question in online applications. 5. In the process of building a website similar to http://googlepleasehire.me/ for the specific company I want to work… Read more »
Josh
Josh
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I have a question for you that I hope you can help me out with. I’m new to your site and email subscription, so bear with me if this has been covered before. Anyway, I’ve considered going back to school for an MBA. I am single, in my early 30’s. I graduated from a reputable institution with a 3.0 GPA and a degree in finance. Now, prior to knowing much about finance before choosing this school, I may have thought a bit longer about RIO of my educational investment (cost vs benefit), as I am currently paying a… Read more »
Allen Youdim
Allen Youdim
4 years 11 months ago

I have dream of becoming a hospital manager. I have very little management experience. I want to know, how I can test my management skills in school or everyday applications or in anything else? I have the same questions for a consulting positions. How would I know if I am a right for either career? And what are managerial positions for cooperations looking for in applicants?

Thanks,

Allen

Justin
Justin
4 years 11 months ago
→ What things do you look for in a job that would indicate that there is a lot of opportunities / room to grow? → Does being a big multi-national company is an important factor when you pick a job? I look in the community that some people with basic Law knowledge are making lot more than I am, being a computing science graduate, I am sure I can do lot better. Presently I have a job with a mid size company, but I am starting to feel that I am not growing as much I should be. (and my… Read more »
Marie
Marie
4 years 11 months ago
Wow. What an interesting post. I picked up your book two weeks ago and signed up to this newsletter last week, so I’m new to this site—but I’m hooked. I’ve done what I can to optimize my finances according to the Action Steps in your book (there were only a few things I needed to do, but I still have a few chapters to read) and now I’m hooked on your emails. Clearly, there is a ton of information on this blog that I need to familiarize myself with (briefcase technique?). Please let me know if the answers to my… Read more »
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Brock
Brock
4 years 11 months ago

I’ve always had a passion for a particular field of interest, but for years I couldn’t figure how to do it and earn the sort of money I wanted. So I was a loser and went to law school for the earning potential. In the last couple months now though I think I’ve found a business model in my field of interest that would generate the money I want. So now I can finally start putting your ideas into practice.

I don’t know if that’s helpful or not.

Josh
Josh
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit, I posted earlier, but I thought I’d give a quick followup and a question as well. First of all, I watched the 80/20 video and I found it very inspiring. So true, I’ve been going about my job search all wrong. Here’s for the question: I have a short list of contacts in my network that I believe would love to hear themselves talk about their jobs, and how they got there (and I can’t wait to listen); but, can you give me a list of a few topics that you think that I should ask them about?… Read more »
Arnaud
Arnaud
4 years 11 months ago
To me, the dream job is ever (slightly) changing so I guess the dream job revolves around : freedom (to choose how to work, and at a lesser extent what to work on…) and good income. So my dreams job : a) Having my own business (I’ve done it once, and failed) b) A position where you can have enough freedom to work on topic you choose (technical research in my field of expertise) My question is, if your current job is not that far from dream job do you think it’s best to try to improve it ? Or… Read more »
Paulo
Paulo
4 years 11 months ago

Im from Portugal and i have a building company, and my business area works, unfortunatly, with “contacts”.
i already try and i stil trying to put in pratic some of Keit´s Ferrazzi´s tips that i learn on “NEVER EATS ALONE” book but it seams that even this is enough.
There allways some more inside, is dificult to recha the people on top.
I almost do e-mails and letters aproaches, but do you think that this is not enough, How can i present my self, and my company, the right one.
Sorry my english.
Best regards
Paulo

san
san
4 years 11 months ago

Hello Ramit,

I came back to to this post to see if there were any responses to my post and found out that it was removed. Why was my post removed? I felt I had relevant questions and concerns pertaining to the topic posted

Maria
4 years 11 months ago
Greetings Ramit, My eternal debacle in finding my dream job has always been to have a composite career: to be a professor, to begin my own editing business, and to write columns for world-renowned magazines. the actual job itself is so competitive. I’ve always wanted to be a tenured professor, except with my qualifications it has always been impossible. I’ve just published a first book and have a master’s degree, except these accomplishments are a far cry from my competitors: people with doctorates and multiple books published. I’ve tried everything: networking, scouring the internet, having friends write emails to department… Read more »
Jake
Jake
4 years 11 months ago

Ramit, how in the hell do I discover my dream job IF the methods of identifying things I like to do doesn’t work? For example, I enjoy photography and video editing but I can’t identify a full time income opportunity utilizing these talents. And frankly, I’m not sure I want to. Your course on Find Your First Profitable Idea was great, but the same info I’ve had. Am I dumb ass for it not working for me?

Christy
4 years 11 months ago

Jake,
You’re post really spoke to me. It sounds like you are limiting yourself before you even start. Are you sure you can’t identify a full time income opportunity that utilizes photography? Can you be absolutely certain there’s not full time income available in video editing?
I have two friends who started photography businesses in the last year and have already replaced their incomes from their old corporate jobs. It’s also interesting you say you your not sure you want to. Doubt does not create positive results. Just my two cents.

Adrien
Adrien
4 years 11 months ago
Thank you Ramit for this fresh perspective. @everyone: I’ve read a lot of enthusiastic comments but I am shocked that I haven’t seen any tangible results. Ramit has given us quite some food for thought and his presentation gives some actionable points. Please, stop saying thanks for this information without doing anything. If you don’t know what your dream job is: go pick up your phone and call 5 of your friends to invite out for coffee and talk about what they do in their job. If you think you know what your dream job is, find someone already doing… Read more »
Arnaud
Arnaud
4 years 11 months ago

For the what I want to learn most about :

Clearly, how to overcome our hidden scripts
(understand WHY we feel so uncomfortable doing some things, and how to turn it in a pleasant activity…)

Tim Rosanelli
4 years 11 months ago
When we talk about the 80/20 rule, most people think that building a resume is the most important thing. I know many people will hammer me for this thought but the resume is not important. I’ve always had a resume before I was started a business, but I never used it for all the jobs that I got because most of the jobs and promotions, I got through referrals. This is why personal branding is so important. What is more important then a resume? Memorizing the highlights from your resume in the form of a pitch. If asked what you… Read more »
Deidre
Deidre
4 years 11 months ago

Wow Christy. I find myself responding to another of your posts! Do you know what your friends are doing in their photography businesses that has produced those results? Do they have niches? I’m curious because we closed shop on my husband’s photography business at year end last year because of the “point & click revolution”. Any thoughts about how to create that full time income video editing? That’s an area that I’m considering for myself.

Christy
4 years 11 months ago

Deidre,
Shoot me an email at lambertchristy@gmail.com and we can chat off line. I’ll give you an idea of what she’s doing.

Tim Rosanelli
4 years 11 months ago

I had a friend with a failing photography business and he gave the same sort of excuses. Luckily, his wife had a different idea. She talked to the hospital about photographing newborns with their mother. They said yes and now they get most of their income from it. They just arrive at the hospital everyday and visit all the new mothers and ask if they would like to take a picture. Who can resist capture such a special moment? 🙂 They now do two hospitals.

Max
Max
4 years 11 months ago
Hello Ramit, I started reading you blog shortly after I found a position very close to my dream job. After I graduated this May I was shotgunning my resumes and cover letters everywhere falling within the realms of my economics and accounting degree. Then I decided to focus my job search on only a handful of positions that really fit my long term goals. I no longer saw the point in applying for something I wasn’t really interested in just to make money. One of the applications I submitted was for an Internal Audit position at a larger public company… Read more »
Jenny Maass
4 years 11 months ago
Hi Ramit – I found your book in the library – randomly – as I was seeking to educate myself for free on how to start saving and stop living month to month. Meanwhile, I long to just live on my dream job, which is a compilation of creative activities in the production world. I long to be a TV series actress, a performing comedian, a screenplay writer, and be director of various styles of film projects. I truly in my heart of hearts believe that I have abundant talent to accomplish these dreams, but am at a loss to… Read more »
Jenny Maass
Jenny Maass
4 years 11 months ago
Ramit – Jenny here again – trying to be more specific for you…perhaps you can’t explain why I haven’t been called in to more auditions by my agent or landed bigger roles in the past year…but maybe you can help me find income to support my dream career in film…and so that I can get off of an hourly wage (which is insulting to my education level) and get off of crazy a.m. shift work that is wrecking my lifestyle. So, I need to replace this work with a higher income job that still allows me to take off for… Read more »
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Brooke
4 years 11 months ago
I want to know what my passion is….and where the jobs are with that passion. I have so many things outside of my current job I’m interested in…how do I actually get down to that one thing I want to do??? I know I love food…but I know I don’t want to be a chef…but what else is out there? Sometimes, I feel as if I’ve painted myself into a glass box and then there are people who are going after what they want…and I’m just inside the box screaming because I want that life too…and it feels like I… Read more »
Lauren
Lauren
4 years 10 months ago
Hey Ramit, I know I’m coming late to this party, but… What the hell do you do when applying to companies that ask for your salary expectations *on the application*? In my present industry, salary grids are provided about 90% of the time. I’ve gone trolling through various salary sites but have had a great deal of difficulty finding consistent information for these sorts of positions in the Canadian market. Is there a way to dodge this question? Am I shooting myself in the foot if I don’t answer it? It it acceptable to provide a range but indicate that… Read more »
what
what
4 years 10 months ago

L get off your ass and look through the site – see that search near the top – a lot faster if you really want the info!

Kathleen
Kathleen
4 years 10 months ago

I want to combine my skills of clinical counseling with health coaching and I am not sure how or where to do that.

Sandeep
Sandeep
1 year 1 month ago
Hi Ramit, I have been following you on Facebook since couple of months. I’ve studied my bachelors in engineering in India & at currently I’m studying masters in Austria. Two semesters done, two remaining. Recently I have been selected for an internship at a very well-know global rail-transportation firm. However, this internship needs someone who can atleast commit for six to eight months, which is like one whole semester. To pursue this internship I will have to take a half-gap year from my masters course i.e. dropping a whole semester. So do you think its a wise thing to take… Read more »
Timothy
Timothy
4 months 19 days ago

Ramit, i am a college student. How do i go about landing a dream job in anoher country? Do i start working at a local office first and then get an international transfer? Or is there a way to land a job overseas straight away?

Richa
Richa
1 month 5 days ago

Interesting blog I must say. So Ramit, I would like your insights on how to write the winning resume and cover letter. Have a good weekend.

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