Landing your dream job

Getting that dream job often requires steps.  Below are some steps you can take to achieve your goal:

  • Define your “dream job”. What does it look like? What do you want to be doing? How will you use your degree?
  • Next, go through the job listings and find jobs that “look” like your dream job. What are the employers requiring of applicants? What skills are desired?
  • Then, perform a skills assessment. What are your strengths and weaknesses? How many of your skills match what the employers for your dream job want?
  • Next, review your resume and make sure it showcases your strengths.
  • Develop and practice an elevator pitch. If you only had 30 seconds in an elevator to tell a company president about yourself and your skills, what would you say?
  • Start applying for jobs that may be your dream job and/or that offer you a chance to change careers and grow into a dream job. One thing to keep in mind is that you may need to create your dream job, by starting at company A and then moving to company B. Also, you may want to consider how you can utilize your skills at the job you have now.
  • Consider alternatives for gaining experience and/or staying current on topics related to the field. So, for example, why not connect with your local library and see if you could teach a computer class? Something along the lines of how you can maintain your computer to protect yourself from data loss? You could use some of your DF experience, like finding passwords in browsers, to illustrate why it’s important to not store them.
  • Consider setting up Virtual Box or some other VM software on your PC so you have a test environment available to experiment with open source software and files that are available online for analysis to keep your skills fresh.
By Heidi Wrighton
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