Don’t settle for less, learn to strive for more

Do you know which jobs are the most fun? The ones where the learning curve is high, yet you still can achieve results. The list of the qualifications for such a job might be a little beyond your experience. How do you get a job like that?


Breaking news: people who write a job description often have almost no clue about what they want in a candidate. They are easily influenced by the resume that grabs their attention, and you have all the power to create that resume. People who apply for a job are either overqualified and will not meet the salary range of what the job pays or not quite meet the qualifications of a job. Here is how to make it seem that you’re a reasonable candidate for the position.


1.  Informational interview. If you know the company is hiring for a position you are interested in, try to schedule an informational interview with that department manager. Why do that? If you get an opportunity to sit down with a manger that is looking to fill the position, you have all the power to ask about the needs of the department and its culture. This will give you a good idea what should go on your resume. When you’re asked why you are conducting this interview (this might be the first question they ask you) you can say this is the kind of work you’re interested in doing and, in a subtly way, share an achievement or two in that line of work.

2. Learn. Learn everything you can about a job you want to have while keeping your existing job. If you want to get ahead, you need to be doing two jobs at the same time. Become an expert at what you want to be doing in the future. Find ways to share your expertise and knowledge in a certain area. This will not go unnoticed.

3. Blog.   Blog to help yourself become an expert. You have ideas. Everyone has idea. Share yours!  Educate yourself in the field of your interest (books, magazines, blogs) and share what you’ve learned and experienced. Don’t worry about your audience for now. The more developed your ideas become, the more people will be drawn to read your blog. Blogging forces you to become an expert at something a lot faster than your job, because the dynamics of online interaction and the feedback you will receive from the blogosphere will transform you quickly.  You’ll become an expert in no time.

4. Be realistic.   Have a realistic idea of your skill set. Reaching for the stars is great; however, know your capabilities. When you’re realistic about your skill set, you’re more open to learning and listening, which is what will ultimately get you to your desired place. Believe in the skill set you have right now and always work to expand it as you progress in your profession.

5.  Find a mentor.   A mentor is someone who will help you navigate and understand the dynamics of what you aspire to be. It can be anyone who understands your industry and is willing to share that knowledge with you. Having a mentor can help you tremendously to get to where you want to be in less time and create connections.


Don’t be afraid to take a risk (a calculated risk) and test your skills. The worst thing that can happen is they will say “no”. But so what? Keep going. Every “no” you encounter on your path only gets you closer to the “yes” you really want.


We hope these tips help. Good luck!

Add New Comment


Comment: welcomes your feedback here so we do not pre-screen comments before they post. See our Community Guidelines for the rules of the road. Also note that anything you post may be used, along with your name, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

No comments have been posted yet. Be the first to post feedback to the author about this article.