“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and in action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” – Michelangelo

These wise words from the legendary artist of the Italian Renaissance are the perfect analogy on the path you are taking to land your dream job. The masterpieces of Michelangelo weren’t created overnight; it took him months or even years. His most breathtaking masterpiece to date, David, took over two years to complete, similarly to getting your dream job – it takes time.

Landing a job is already difficult for many fresh graduates, more so if you are underqualified or lack networking. However, do keep this in mind that your qualifications would be the least of your worries. Take the late Steve Jobs as an example. The Apple Empire was built by a man without a university degree.

Embarking on this journey is no easy task and it is not for those who embrace “Laziness with a capital L”. The expression ‘blood, sweat and tears’ is not compulsory, but with your hard work and willingness, you will eventually get there. Here’s a step by step guide on how to get your dream job (even if you are not qualified or well connected).

Step 1: Identify your dream job
To actually get your dream job, you have to prioritize what you want from your dream job. That’s a no-brainer there for you. The core to identifying your dream job is to establish a dream job mindset. It is a simple method of extracting what you WANT the most from your dream job while subtracting what you DO NOT WANT the most from your dream job. To put it another way, it is similar to taking notes of your likes and dislikes.

Be creative with it as possible and be open to new ideas as there are no fixed methods to success. A method we would suggest is to create a list of likes and dislikes pertaining to your dream job. Go ahead and paste the list in your bedroom. Make sure to glance at it every day while making amendments along the way, until you are absolutely content with the list.

Step 2: Overcome barriers
Now that you have passed the easy peasy portion of figuring what you prioritize most from your dream job, it is time to put your foot down to overcome and put them into perspective. This is because action speaks louder than words and you wouldn’t want to be classified as part of the NATO (No action, talk only) force.

At times you will be washed over by uncertainties and doubts which can be overwhelming but refrain yourself from falling too deeply into these thoughts. Tell yourself that this is part and parcel of the process which makes everything more worthwhile. A common barrier of what many of us face is the fear of change. We are constantly preoccupied with the notions of success, but success will never suddenly come knocking at your door if you choose to stay in your comfort zone. So be a mental warrior to gain clarity about what you want from life and through this you are able to learn to adapt from a place of SHOULDS and acting on your WANTS.

Step 3: Uncover and hone your skills
Learn as much as you can about your dream job to identify the related skills. Know your key strengths and work from there. The Internet will always have your back, so be on the lookout for seminars, or online courses that can fast track your learning and the best part of it is that most of these are FREE! A good place to start is Eventbrite where you can discover tons of seminars around your area.

Still feeling ‘meh’ about your skills? Try utilizing websites or apps to find out about hidden strengths that you never knew of. A useful site we would recommend is Good & Co. where they refer to themselves as a “self-discovery engine”. The company aims to help users obtain insights that can improve their career outlook and path through the use of quizzes. These quizzes are fun, science-backed quizzes that highlight an individual’s skills and strengths. Who knew discovering your hidden strengths can be so much fun!

If all else fails, find a mentor who has seen success in your dream role. Your mentor could be a close friend, a lecturer that you got along well during your college days or someone you met through work. Don’t be anxious to create relationships with people who have your best interests and knowledge in mind, because if you never try, you’ll never know.

Step 4: Fake it till you make it
Learn to act as if you are already guaranteed to land that dream job of yours. Take every opportunity you have to live, think and feel that you own the job. Make yourself believe that if you act like you already have the life you are looking to develop; it might attract your goals more quickly. Such a method of living can be an indirect way of increasing your positivity on a daily basis.

These reactions might seem unnatural in the beginning, but with a little bit of practice, this “learning to act” will be habitual and work well not only through achieving your dream job but other aspects of your life as well.

To wrap things up, chasing your dream job can be a daunting process, especially when you don’t see yourself as the strongest candidate. Your dream job is not likely to happen overnight; it is indeed tedious and can test one’s patience. However, make sure to be positive throughout this whole ordeal as a little bit of positivity can take you places. Above all, continue to work hard until you see the light at the end of the tunnel because hard work will always prevail. There are so many who give up on their dreams before actually giving it a go. So, the single biggest favor you can do for yourself is to simply go for it and never give up! From the wise words of Shia Labeouf “Don’t Let Your Dreams be Dreams, Just Do It”!

This post was written by Jillian Cheong from iPrice Group.

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