Getting Your Dream Job without Leaving Your Bed
By Rilind Elijaz
Are you hunting for a job that is fulfilling, unique, exciting, and that helps you grow both personally and professionally? Well, your chances of landing your dream job are mostly dependent on your personal qualities, attitudes, field of expertise, and acquired soft skills. It is your responsibility to develop on all four fronts with respect to what your dream job pertains to. You have to invest in your professional development in order to enhance your marketability in the competitive job market. That might make landing your dream job without leaving the bed seem unattainable but, with the right motivation and preparation, you can develop your expertise and marketability while still in your pajamas. Here is how:
1. Take online courses
Online courses come in two packages: Free and paid. It is up to you to choose the package that works for your budget and professional needs. Once you sign up for an online course, you will be receiving video tutorials, notes in PDF or MS word, training modules, and regular assessments to help you learn conveniently and at your own pace. You are then given certificates upon completion, certifications that are highly valued by most employers. Online job training courses will boost your career prospects. Below will be listed some of online courses:
Online French classes
Spanish I, MIT OpenCourseWare
This course is offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is offered in 26 lessons of 30 minutes each. You will watch videos and listen to audios that are integrated with workbooks and beginner-friendly text to help you learn Spanish and its diverse dialects. You need this course because the Latin world is one of America’s key trading partners.
Chinese Language: Learn Basic Mandarin, edX
Learning basic Mandarin improves your marketability in China, the second-largest free market in the world.
Harvard University’s Introduction to Computer Science, edX
In 9 short programming courses of 20 hours each, you will have learned how to work with programming languages such as CSS, HTML, and PHP. You will be taught for free, but it is advisable that you apply for HarvardX Verified Certificate which goes for $90.
Introduction to C and C++, MIT OpenCourseWare
In just 8 hours of theoretical lectures and 8 hours of lab training, you will have all the background knowledge you need to work with C and C++ languages. You will be trained in, among others, memory management, and object-oriented programming. The course is offered by MIT.
Social Media 101
Attend social media marketing class. You will be trained on email marketing, how to write compelling social media ads, and how to study online marketing analytics. That should take a week, just a few minutes per day.
Marketing in a Digital World, Coursera
This course is a creation of the University of Illinois. It focuses on the impact the internet, smart devices, 3D printing, and other digital tools have in the world of marketing. You will learn how to use these tools to reach and appeal to customers, and to find the right prices for different services/products.
2. Target your job search and be persistent
Fishing for your dream job without getting out of bed will require more focus, effort, and attention to detail than when knocking on physical offices. For starters, you will need to:
- Rethink yourself and soul research. Get to granular detail on the things you are passionate about, your dominant skills, unique gifts and talents, and how you want to change the world around you by utilizing your skills and talents. That is the motivation you need to push for your dream job.
- Network. Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is beyond reproach, from the bio, display photo, to the connections you make/have made. Make sure that your Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages show your professional side. Reach out to and network with former classmates, colleagues, and mentors. Networking is about building rapport and relationships with people who can help your course. Contact them through direct social media messages, texts, emails, and calls to remind them you need a job and why you need the job.
- Make professional connections through virtual conferences or events on Lunchclub, Bumble Bizz, Facebook, Meetup, Shapr, or Eventbrite, etc. Speak freely of your job hunting expeditions so that someone with the help you need can hear you.
- Scour job boards for posts from recruiters.
- Pursue internal referrals from people working in your dream industry or company. Tap your social network, including friends from church and professionals living in your neighborhood. Even if they won’t refer you, they might give you advice on how to get hired.
3. Show off your skills on a personal website
Build a simple personal website and be creative with it. Let the people you intend to work with/for see your professional statistics by:
- Creating a portfolio showing your professional journey, key achievements, and the projects you have handled. Have a page for each achievement to make them visible to potential employers.
- Connecting with industry leaders through stories. Write a resume that shows how unique you are. Tell your story, both professional and personal, and invite employers to understand where you are coming from long before you even sit down with them for an interview.
- Appealing to the industry by putting together a collage of logos; logos of recognizable companies that you have worked with in the past. You can then link each logo to a page with a back story of your working relationship with each company.
- Making infographic résumés- charts and graphs that display your expertise and work histories.
The job market has really changed following the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown. In case you lost your job during the pandemic, or maybe you just need a better and more stable job in 2021, our tips will inspire and focus your job hunting efforts, without needing you to leave home. Remember to focus more on the jobs that allow flexible working.