The 80/20 Guide to Finding a Job You Love

Ramit Sethi

Did you ever listen to that radio show Loveline? Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew would be fielding questions from teenagers about their sex lives, and invariably there would be some 16-year-old girl who would call up with her question:

“Uh…hi…my boyfriend is unemployed, bald, fat, and 24 years older than me. And he beats me. What do you think I should I do?”

Cue 1 million people simultaneously screaming “LEAVE HIM!!!” into their radios. It’s so obvious to us.

But to her, her question is unique.

Now, when I go on TV, 90% of the time, I get the same 7 questions:
“I’m in debt. What should I do?” … “No matter what I try, I can’t seem to save. What should I do?” …. “What should I do with my money to grow it?”


But to them, their questions are unique.

And two days ago, when I asked for your questions on finding a dream job, I got back hundreds of comments. There were some very good questions.

But you’ll also notice that most of them were HIGHLY UNSPECIFIC. If you ask a dumb question like “How do I improve my resume?” expect a vague response back.

One of my goals is to show you how to ask the right questions. Asking the right questions is not sexy — I’ll never create a course about it or get written up in a newspaper for it. But if you still think that “How do I write a cover letter?” is your major barrier to finding a dream job, you’re missing the entire game that’s being played around you.

I have a presentation I put together called the “80/20 Guide to Finding a Job You Love.” I wasn’t going to release it yet, but I decided to open it up to you today.

You’ll find an hour of material you won’t find anywhere else, including:

  • Where most of us waste our time on the job search
  • The psychology of why we spend time on pointless job-hunt tasks
  • Invisible Scripts that affect our behavior…without us even knowing
  • The 3 most effective job hunting activities that will get 80% of the results in 20% of the time (and that most people don’t do at all).

When it comes to finding a dream job, most of us ask all the wrong questions. You could have the perfect resume, but if you’re submitting it through, you’re still competing with thousands of other people with outstanding resumes.

  • How can you shortcut the entire job hunt?
  • How can you find out what you love — and then find jobs that let you do just that?
  • And how do you get paid what you deserve?

300,000+ people read my blog and emails every month, looking for a richer life. Finding a job you love is a huge piece of any “rich” life. I want to help.

So instead of writing some vapid “Top 10” blog post, I decided to go in-depth and share detailed strategies, mindsets, and stories about how to short-circuit the process that so many people waste time on. And like the rest of the material on IWT, it’s been tested, refined, and optimized before it ever saw the light of day.

Though this is premium material that I could charge for, I’m making it available to you free because I want you to start thinking about how to apply IWT principles to your search for a dream job. And I know you can find one — even in this economy — in the next few months. It’s eminently possible.

First, here’s a 5-minute sample, which I think will surprise you when you analyze what works vs. what doesn’t work:

Now, get the full 46-minute video below…I think you’ll enjoy it.

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  1. Maria

    This is what is great about Ramit’s techniques: They can be applied to different aspects of our lives. Example: Those dream-job techniques are great not just for job-searching but for getting customers too.

    “Knowing what your customers want, use the words they use, talk about the issues they talk about…”

  2. Stanley Lee

    They could be applicable tools for finding dream dates.

  3. Justice Wordlaw IV

    I tried watching that video but the uploading took forever on it. Is their another link to be used to view it?

  4. rackgen

    Ramit, this is real good. Thank you!

  5. P. Hunter

    I like how you video resonated with thoughts I already had such as I lack marketability and NOT skills so further education wouldn’t be the magic bullet that people suggest to me daily. Then I realize people are rules by those invisible scripts, most of which is fear.

  6. Amos

    Ramit, your blog keeps getting better and better. This video is an excellent distillation of all your main themes. Thanks for putting this out.

  7. Dave

    Thanks for the video.
    Its given me new perspective for how much time to allocate to diff areas of my job search, and is helping remove the guilt of doing so.
    I’ve already started to research some companies I want to work for, and am googling articles relevant to the field to look for problems the company might face.
    I really like you 30 day- 60 day- 90 day action plan to deliver at interviews- I can use that when I go out.

  8. Eleanor

    Tunnel vision to get that job, hats off for a great video!
    Or “Do the work”
    Love reading all the comments in the follow-up section

  9. Lang

    Finally, someone who says it like it is….

    I’m so tired of hearing ” the economy is bad”, “No one is hiring”, “there are no jobs”… from friends and family.

    Dam it, stop using the excuses to make you’re self feel better. Do something about it… It’s like someone is drowning and they keep saying:

    “I can’t swim”
    “The water’s too deep, what’s the point”
    “My arms will get tired, I tried swimming before It didn’t work out”
    “No one is going to rescue me ”
    “What…. Life jackets are for nerds”
    “I’m too cool to flap my legs to stay afloat..what? you want me to hold a piece of wood to float?… No one is doing that though? , I ‘d rather take my chances, there might be a submarine below (buy the lottery)”

    = End Rant

    – Lang

  10. Cherleen @ yesiamcheap

    If nobody is hiring or there are no jobs, create a job then hire yourself.

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  15. Igor

    Hi Ramit,

    Is the 46-minute video yet to come out? Though I signed up, I can’t seem to find the video anywhere. Could you point me in the right direction?


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    Great, great video! Sometimes we become (subconsciously) obsessed to the things that we believe will work if done properly. Perhaps it’s time to change our minds and different results.

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    In the video, you mention coming right out in an interview and asking for the job. How could a person word this to get the result they want?

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