Most people never get their Dream Job. Here’s how to land yours.

Ramit Sethi

Fact: More than half of Americans are unhappy at work:

That means everyday — for 8+ hours — more than half of us are glancing at the clock wishing time would move faster. We dream of Fridays and escape.

Fact: It doesn’t have to be that way.

I know, because I’ve gotten Dream Job offers from Google, Intuit, and a multibillion-dollar hedge fund and helped thousands of people find — and land — jobs they love, too.

Now it’s your turn to learn how.

Here’s a 3-step plan to find and land your Dream Job in months instead years.

Step 1: Don’t make the same mistakes as everyone else

First, forget everything you’ve been told about getting a job. The advice out there is plain awful.

Career “experts” spit out horrible tips like this:

Make sure to use 11 pt font on your resume. That’s the key to getting hired.


Tactics like this don’t work. That’s why you hear stories of people sending their resume to 50 different job boards and getting no response.

The BAD NEWS: You’ve probably been following horrible tips like this your whole life. It’s not your fault, but it is your responsibility to realize advice like this is holding you back.

The GOOD NEWS: Since most people blindly follow these tips, if you take a different approach, you win. Instantly, you stand out as the only real candidate for your Dream Job.

So let other people focus on applying to every job opening, while you focus on the few key things that actually matter.

Things like:

  • Brainstorming what your Dream Job is. That way you’re not desperately applying to every job you see (More on this in step 2)
  • Guaranteeing a job is the right fit — so you don’t waste time hopping from job to job (More on this in step 3)
  • Getting access to unadvertised jobs. These are the high-paying, amazing jobs you can’t find on job-listing sites. (More on this at the end of post)

This is how you go from hoping to get a great job to guaranteeing you have your Dream Job. So let’s dive right in.

Step 2: Find the perfect job title for you

The toughest part of getting your Dream Job seems like it’d be the easiest: knowing what your Dream Job is.

I mean, are you really supposed to know — right now — what you want to do for the rest of your life?

  • What if you decide a job is the wrong fit?
  • What if you get bored?
  • What if you have lots passions and don’t know which one to focus on?

If you have questions like this, let out a deep sigh of relief. Because it’s natural for “what ifs” like this to pop up.

But there’s no reason to let these questions and doubts stop you from finding a job you love.

In fact, you can put most of those worries to bed right now because I don’t want you to pick any SINGLE job — at all.

To start, I want you to list ALL the jobs you might be interested in.

  • Think public relations sounds cool? Write it down.
  • Interested in the perks and pay of investment banking? Add it to your list.
  • Been told you’re an awesome cook? It’s not crazy. Put it on your sheet.

Once you’ve got some topics in mind, you can use LinkedIn to turn the things you’re curious about into your perfect job titles.

All you have to do is go LinkedIn’s website, sign in, and click the “Jobs” button on the homepage.

And you’ll be redirected to a page that looks like this:

That’s where you can enter the potential jobs — or job functions, like marketing or web development — that you’re curious about. As you click through some of your searches, you’ll get a pretty good idea of the job titles that match up with your interests.

For example, if you’re interested in sales, you’ll quickly see “Business Development” and “Account Executive” are two potentially great job titles for you. Add those to your list, too.

A couple quick things remember as you expand your list:

  1. You’re not committing to anything at this stage. You’re getting a feel for your options. You’ll narrow things down in the next step. But at this stage, I want you to say “Yes” to EVERYTHING instead of constantly feeling like “Well, I can’t do that because _____.”
  2. It’s okay if you’re not “technically” qualified for the jobs you’re interested in. Most employers say you need 3-5 years of experience. But that’s just to scare tons of candidates away. But experience should not be a deterrent for you at this stage.

You’ll learn how to narrow down these job titles in the next step. For now, it’s best to have a big list of potential Dream Job titles to choose from. Get at least 10 and move on.

Step 3: Test drive your Dream Job to guarantee it’s a perfect fit

Have you ever got a job that seemed awesome, but once you started, you realized it was a nightmare?

I can’t tell you how many lawyers start their jobs, thinking it’s their dream career only to find out they hate it a couple weeks later.

That’s why I encourage you to test your potential Dream Job first. That way you can be 100% sure you’ve found the right one — before you get stuck with a job you want to escape.

The great thing is you can learn a lot from a simple job description.

Let me explain by showing you an actual job description for Marketing Manager job I found. Here’s the full description:

If you read through this job description, see phrases like “creating original content and marketing assets”, and feel your eyes glazing over, then this probably isn’t a great fit for you.

You want the job description for your potential Dream Jobs to get you excited!

Of course, you don’t need to understand all the details. You’re just trying to do is get a bird’s eye view of:

  • What do marketing managers actually do on a day-to-day basis?
  • What are the different systems and teams their working with?
  • What kinds of companies are looking for marketing managers?

You’ll probably find yourself saying “I have ZERO interest in this” to a lot of your choices.

That’s good! Eliminating options — now — is better than starting a job and realizing you’ve made a huge mistake.

If you run out of titles, just go back to step two and put together a new list. You’ll be armed with even better insights this time around.

Quick note: This exercise isn’t meant to be super analytical. It’s just a back-of-the-napkin way to filter through lots of ideas.

So don’t get too bogged-down in the details of pay, trajectory, etc. Just ask yourself “Could I see myself doing this?” If not, toss it. If you’re on the fence about something, you can try taking someone who has the job out to coffee with these word-for-word scripts.

But once you’ve narrowed down your list to 1-2 options, here’s how to get that job from your dream company before anybody else even knows about it.

How to land your Dream Job — before it’s even listed

Once you know what your potential Dream Job is, you should know when there’s an opening.

There’s just one problem. Many of the best jobs aren’t publicly listed. And if they are, they get so many resumes it’s difficult to stand out.

They’re gobbled up by top-performers before hiring managers even have to post them.

That’s why tapping into the unadvertised job market is incredibly important. While most people sit quietly and wait to send their resume until they see a job listed, you can come in through the back door and take it right out from under them.

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