By Susan Guarneri
Looking for your dream job? Ready to try something new? Helpful tips and tools to move you from one career to another.
Dig-Deep Career Research
Take your career research for your best-fit job to a higher level with some ‘dig-deep’ activities. These can provide you with real-world information, hands-on experience, and the opportunity to build relationships that could serve you later in your job search.
People can be a valuable source of information about occupations and careers. Going well beyond what you can find online, their personal experiences and accumulated career and industry knowledge can provide you with critical decision-making insights. Follow this nine-step approach to informational interviewing:
- Start with people you already know, including people in your social networks online.
- Email or phone and ask for assistance with information gathering for career exploration. Be sure they understand you are not seeking a job; you simply need information to determine your best-fit career field and preferred industries.
- A face-to-face meeting is best or via video conferencing.
- Prepare questions about their career field, industry, and work setting.
- Ask for advice and information. Take notes.
- Ask for referrals to others within the industry or career field.
- Send a hand-written thank-you note after the meeting.
- Stay in touch with those who have helped you and ask how you can assist them.
- See more than one person in each career field and industry you are exploring. That will ensure a balanced view, just in case someone is having a bad day!
Actually working in a potential best-fit job can be an ideal way to experience the daily frustrations, as well as highlights, of a career field. Internships, whether paid or unpaid, can also pave the way to getting hired full-time at the organization.
Here are some sources for finding internships:
- Top 10 Non-Profit Internships – rated by Vault in the Non-Profit Quarterly
Idealist.org – non-profit internships
- – government internships
- Students.gov– government internships
- Specific company websites
- Chamber of Commerce sites
- Trade and Professional Association sites
Mentorships are an informal arrangement to transmit knowledge related to work, career, or professional development from a more experienced professional in the career field. They can occur during full-time or part-time employment, internships, or volunteer engagements.
- Mentor programs via colleges, universities, and professional associations
Susan Guarneri, Career Assessment Goddess and Reach Master Branding Strategist, can guide you to your best-fit career options and help you land your Dream Job.