Ask Dr. Job’s chief contributor, Sandra Pesmen, is a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame and author of “DR. JOB’s Complete Career Guide.”

Winner of several journalism awards, Pesmen is a graduate of the University of Illinois Media College at Urbana, and is listed in several Who’s Who editions. She also has been Corporate Features Editor of Crain Communications Inc., founding Features Editor of Crain’s Chicago Business and a reporter/features writer for The Chicago Daily News.

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Get That Dream Job!


You did all the right things. You went to school, and then to college, got your degree, and now you're living in your old room in your parents' home because you can't find a job and move out.

If you want your dream life, you'll need your dream job, and Pete Leibman, author of I Got My Dream Job and So Can You. He breaks it down to six steps to create the ideal career after college. He calls the plan: S.I.M.P,L.E:

1. Start. Don't make excuses. Do something! Expect doubters and use them to fuel your fire to go after your dream job, even if you're not yet sure what it is.

2. 2, Identify. Begin with the 'big picture' of your dream career, based on your passions, talents and values. The clarify the details of what you want from a job, through creating a "dream job description" and develop a list of ideal employers to target.

3. Makeover. Market yourself for success. The key lies in 10 assets, including confident body language, polished physical appearance, rock-solid references, results oriented resume, pristine Internet presence, pumped up LinkedIn profile and a winner's mindset.

4. Plan Be strategic with all your job search efforts. Learn how to tap the abundance of resources you already have on your side. Identify the best networking events to attend, and create a strategy for using  LinkedIn and other Websites to get hired faster.

5. Look. Once you have a clear job destination, seek out experts to ask for directions. Begin networking with people you know and uncover "hidden" contacts. Don't be afraid to talk to strangers. Be ready to engage them with questions related to your career goals.

6. Execute. Learn how to prepare for and face any job interview with confidence, answer the most common interview questions, avid the six deadly interview sins, sell yourself to impress without bragging and transition from the interview to a job offer.

He adds that the ultimate step for career achievement is being professional-in mindset, commitment to excellence, performance, relationships and out-of-office life.


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