How to land your dream job

6 min read
How to land your dream job
Brian Kyed
May 20th, 2018

Everybody wants to land their dream job, but how do you do it? Airtame’s expert technical recruiter has a few ideas

We spend about 92K of hours at our place of work over a lifetime. It’s a significant investment, isn’t it? Sometimes, people feel forced to go to the office and work on unpleasant things. They are trapped in a daily routine, and they are not ready to take a risk and try something new. So, it’s no wonder we are all on the hunt for a “dream job”.

Now, admittedly, the idea of a dream job might sound a little farfetched and entitled, but that doesn’t make it impossible, or something worth striving for. I would like to share some thoughts on ways of searching for a dream job as well as some tips and tricks about the job search process here in Denmark, the birthplace of a bright idea called Airtame?

What matters when you search for your dream job?

Ask your parents what they were looking for when they searched for their first job? Most likely, they will say “great terms and interesting tasks”. Our generation is a bit different, and we are not only looking for challenging tasks, but also looking for career growth, a team of competent professionals, and a lot of other things that will make our journey more exciting.

My first tip is to make a checklist of things that you value the most. I’d recommend making a list of things that are significant and nice to have at the new place. If you appear in the fortunate position to get several job offers, it will be easier to make a right choice. Here is an example of my list:

You also can get back to the checklist during your employment to check if you are missing something after being with the company for a while.

You have your list done, it’s time to work on a funnel. The employment market is huge and there are a thousand billions of opportunities nowadays. You need to specify what areas & roles are more appealing to you, what would be the perfect size for the team, where the team is based, etc. Once more, here is my example from a previous job search:

Based on my previous experience, the job search was like a fully-fledged project. I had a list of companies with details about the organization, contacts, ranks, etc. By the way, this list included companies that didn’t have openings at all. Actually, it’s the most valuable advice, you need to be proactive and reach out to companies that look like dream teams. We live in the age when there is a tremendous demand for brilliant talents, and there is a huge possibility that your team is waiting for an unsolicited application from you!

dream job list 1 1

Take the bull by horns!

You just found a dream team or a perfect role? Go for it!

And here are some practical tips for you:

To reiterate: make sure you stand out in the written application! That extra hour in front of your laptop perfecting your tone of voice and re-prioritizing your experience outline will be an hour well spent.

dream job application 1

Feel like you are on a bad streak with the job search?

The job search could be really challenging and there is no guarantee you find the perfect job right away. Yes, it takes time and resources, but the old adage works: where there’s a will there’s a way.

The dream job is worth striving for, and that means starting from the ground up. Whether you are fresh out of college or are more senior and changing career path, you’ll need to be comfortable taking junior-level positions and perhaps even internships. This should not be discouraging – it should feel like an opportunity to put your interests and passions to the test in a high-performing environment.

Building a network is also a beneficial way of setting you on the right career path. This might be challenging for younger candidates or those who have just moved to a new location, but it’s a vital way of getting an overview of the opportunities in any given city, meeting new colleagues, or friendly peers.

You’ve been on several interviews but it wasn’t crowned with success. Don’t worry – that’s perfectly normal! Try to learn from your interview experience, and don’t hesitate to ask for the feedback. Some companies are keen to share it.

If it didn’t work with the dream team, stay in touch with them for future opportunities, and continue to expand your professional network.

Practical tips about the Danish job market

I’ve saved the list of websites that I used for the job search, and I’ll be happy to share them with you. Since I was looking for a job in startup industry, all these resources are catered towards the Danish startup market. Here are the most relevant websites:

What is your approach to search for a dream job? Share tips and tricks with us?

Interested? Let’s talk.

Brian Kyed
Brian is co-Founder and CPO at Airtame. He’s the right side of the brain in the business, which is a fancy way of saying he’s a “dream big”, creative type. When he’s not leading on all things design and product related, he’s crushing it on the football pitch as a striker with Airtame FC.

Get 50% off your first Airtame Hub + Hybrid today!

Are you ready to host video calls with rock-solid performance on Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Zoom, and Webex all on a single system?

Get your first Airtame Hub + Hybrid today for 50% off MSRP with 30 days risk-free trial! Don't like it? Send it back for a full refund.

Use the code BetterMeetings24 at checkout or click the button below to buy now.