2 Tiny Tips on How to Land that Dream Job AND Make More Money

Did that headline grab your attention! Isn't that one heck of a compelling headline? A dream job is great on its own, but more money too! Wow. Sign me up!

Magic potions, secret formulas ... we know these don't exist, and yet, we sure want a sure thing that's easy, requires little change, and doesn't take much effort. It's the way we are! That's why diet books continue to sell, even though the last 10 we bought didn't work, and that's why people buy into ponzi schemes. (Isn't there a little voice in their heads that cautions them about "it's too good to be true"?)

However, I absolutely have clients who have landed their dream job and who do make more money! It's not magic, nor particularly quick and easy, but it's effective. Here are the two key ingredients for that formula to work:

  • you need to know yourself well. Know where your talents lie, what your strengths are; know your 'druthers and preferences as well as your "no ways." If you don't figure out what I call your "sweet spot," that confluence of talents and skills that meet a market need, you won't be able to write a resume that defines your value, and you won't attract the right kind of attention.
  • you must understand how to define and convey your value. Expertise is paid for. A "brand" name is worth more than the generic "no name." What is your brand? If you cannot articulate this, you're unlikely to make as much money as you could!

These two points are part of the New Leaf Experience. I have a knack for unearthing a client's "brand." After reviewing homework and interviewing a client, I actually intuit the brand (one of the innate talents that I bring to my dream job!).

For example, here is a recent purchasing manager client's brand: "championing process methodologies and exemplary client service," which is appropriate for her environment and true to what makes this client really really good at her job!

Another client's brand was captured by these words: "Innovating medical device products and health information technology." Exactly what he does so well, and what he wants to keep doing.

And yet another's was "deep technical knowledge enhanced by rich database experience and a 'nose' for data." And her resume proved all of that, as did the others' resumes.

Did you think that you can make more money by being a generalist? Generally, you make more money by demonstrating a needed expertise.

As for me, I have my dream job. It is a sweet confluence of talents for writing, interviewing and yes, intuiting those sweet spots, as well as a learned expertise in resume writing strategy bolstered with experience in a large Human Resource department.

Working hard for YOUR career's success, Stephanie