We all want to land our dream job, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Landing a managing director position is no exception. It takes hard work and dedication to reach that rank, but once you do, it’s worth every second of effort.
Having worked with many managers at this level over the years, I know just how much consideration goes into finding your perfect match for the role and why it requires so much more than money (although money isn’t bad!).
I’m not saying that you should expect these things if you’re hoping to land your dream job:
A corner office with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Central Park; a private bathroom and shower with fresh flowers; or even a personal assistant who can help you get dressed in the morning. But as they say, “Don’t wish for what could be; wish for what could grow.”
And here are some steps you can take right now to help ensure your next step toward becoming a future managing director:
Create A List Of Things You Want In Your Next Job
It’s time to get serious about landing your dream job. You’ve got a good idea of what it is you want, but now it’s time to make a list of the things that are most important to you in a new position.
This list should include:
- Your career goals
- The job market in your field and how competitive it is
- The salaries for people in similar positions at other companies (or, if they’re not readily available, what they were when you last held that same job)
- Benefits offered by the company (health insurance, retirement plans, etc.)
Company culture – what kind of environment do they create? Do they encourage teamwork or individual achievement? Do they offer a work-life balance?
Are there opportunities for growth within the organization? Is there room for advancement? How does this company compare with others in its industry or field?
What are their core values? How do these align with yours?
Define Your Brand
What do you want to be known for? What is your mission? What is your vision? What are your values? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What are your goals, and how have you achieved each one of them so far in life (including measurable results)?
Lastly, what accomplishments can you point to that demonstrate performance under pressure?
Being able to answer these questions with confidence will give people an idea of who you are and what makes up the essence of who they would want working with them at their company or organization.
Create A Portfolio To Showcase Your Work
If you have been in the industry for a while, likely, you have already built up a collection of projects that show off your skills and experience. If not, no need to worry you can always start now!
A portfolio will help convince potential employers that you are qualified for the job and allow them to see how well-rounded (or specialized) your skill set is. It can also be used as part of personal branding efforts or as a tool for networking purposes.
Decide what types of projects would best reflect what they’ll expect from someone on their team (e.g., if they’re looking at management candidates with significant experience managing teams).
Create two or three related pieces that demonstrate the type(s) of work they’d like their new hire to do, including any past examples where applicable (yes you can include things like awards).
Research Companies That Interest You
Now that you’ve identified your dream job, it’s time to start researching the companies that interest you. Start by using social media to find out about the company’s mission, values, and culture.
Use LinkedIn to connect with employees in your field of interest and ask them questions about the company. Also, use LinkedIn to see if anyone you know knows someone who works at this company or has experience working there.
You can also learn more by reading articles written by industry experts or watching videos produced by industry leaders on YouTube and other platforms that are related to your dream job field.
For example, if I were managing director at PepsiCo, I’d read articles on food safety standards for products sold in grocery stores and restaurants across America (and around the world).
This way I can learn what roles FDA plays in making sure consumers are safe from harmful bacteria like E-coli outbreak during the Chipotle crisis last year (spoiler alert: FDA didn’t do enough).
Apply To Your Dream Jobs, No Matter How Unqualified You May Feel
Apply to your dream jobs, no matter how unqualified you may feel. You can always learn the skills required, and who knows what doors might open for you? If a job is out of reach at this moment in time, apply anyway.
Maybe they will see something in your application that they like and are willing to train and develop someone with potential.
Or maybe they’ll be impressed by your enthusiasm and offer you another role with more responsibility within the company as a stepping stone toward what you want.
Landing your dream job doesn’t have to be tricky just follow these simple steps!
Network Like Crazy While Job Hunting
Time to get out there and network like crazy. While most of your job search will be done online, this is a crucial time to reach out to people in person. Make a list of all the contacts you’ve made from previous jobs that can help you in your new one (and vice versa).
Then make sure you reach out to them! Send each person an email or LinkedIn message with a short introduction about yourself and why it would be great for them to help get your name out there with their network.
Once that first step is complete, it’s time for some social media work. Keep posting on LinkedIn and Twitter your followers will keep seeing what you’re up to and where else you’ve landed interviews at!
You can also use social media for more targeted networking: try following someone who works at one of the companies where you want an interview (or even better someone who reports directly to someone who makes hiring decisions).
Then send them a quick direct message saying something like “I heard there was an opening here at [company], I wanted to let everyone know that I’m interested!”
They might not know what they’ll say yet (because they’re probably busy), but having their attention now could mean more opportunities down the line when they do know what they need.
Build Your Personal Brand On Social Media
First and foremost, you need to build your brand on social media so that you can be found by recruiters. If a recruiter sees something in your feed a new project at work or a passionate post about how much you love seeing sunsets on the beach.
They’ll think, “This person might be perfect for our company.” Whether or not it happens immediately is irrelevant; what matters is that they know who you are when they see it. Never forget: You’re building relationships with recruiters here!
Get Someone To Proofread Resumes And Cover Letters
Get someone to proofread your resume and cover letter.
Hire a professional resume writer. They know what employers are looking for and will create a resume that will make you stand out from the crowd.
If you can’t afford to hire a professional, ask a friend or family member who is good at grammar or has excellent writing skills to help you read over them before sending them off to potential employers.
These things may seem like no-brainers, but they are often overlooked by people who think it doesn’t matter how they present themselves in written form because they have landed interviews with companies due to their connections or solid track record with other companies in the past.
This is not true! Employers want people who can write clearly and succinctly, along with being able to speak well during an interview process.
So they can avoid hiring someone who seems lazy when communicating their thoughts effectively without stumbling on words or phrases that may confuse them later down the line (i..e.. “I didn’t get what he meant by…”).
Anticipate The Questions You’ll Hear In An Interview And Prepare Answers
When it comes to interviews, practice makes perfect. The more you prepare for an interview and the more you think about what you’ll say in response to possible questions, the better off you’ll be. Here are a few tips on how to do this effectively:
Anticipate the questions you’ll hear in an interview and prepare answers.
- Be prepared to talk about your strengths and weaknesses.
- Be prepared to talk about how your experience relates to what they’re looking for in their ideal candidate.
- Be prepared to share your goals (and how they relate) with the job at hand
Learn To Cope With Interview Nerves And Practice Talking About Yourself
Preparing for an interview is not just about preparing answers to common job interview questions. It’s also about learning how to talk about yourself and show you are a good fit for the job.
The way you answer questions, even when it comes to something as simple as what you did over the weekend or what your favorite movie is, can give employers insight into your personality and how well you’ll fit in at their company.
It’s important to be able to answer questions confidently, even if it means faking that confidence until it becomes real!
If nerves get the better of you during an interview, take a moment before answering each question and take deep breaths until they pass so that they don’t affect your ability to speak clearly or confidently.
It’s also helpful if employers see that they can trust someone who will do their best work without needing constant supervision so demonstrate that self-sufficiency by knowing what kind of work needs doing without asking first!
When trying out different jobs in college and internships (whether paid or unpaid), try taking on tasks outside of what was assigned; this shows initiative while providing additional skillsets beyond those required by specific roles within companies themselves.”
Show Up For Interviews Early
In an interview, you want to make a great first impression. You’re not only meeting the hiring manager, but also their team and other people who might be working under them in the future.
Being early is one way to show them that you respect their schedule and care about creating good relationships with your coworkers.
The best part about being early? You have time to relax before the interview starts and nail every question asked of you when it does start!
By coming in 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time, you can make sure that everything looks professional: your clothes, shoes, and makeup (if necessary). Not only will this give you confidence going into the interview room but it will help put those interviewing at ease as well.
Prepare A Few Questions For Employers At The End Of The Interview
When the interview is wrapping up, it’s important to ask a few questions. By this point in the process, you should have a good idea of where your interviewer stands on certain topics and issues.
Use these final moments to demonstrate that you are genuinely interested in the company, as well as show them that you have done your research about their business.
Ask About What Makes This Particular Position So Exciting For Them. What Does It Mean For Them To Work At X Company?
Ask about challenges they face daily and how those challenges are handled within the organization.
This will give insight into how much control employees have over projects and tasks and whether or not they would be able to make an impact with their contributions (i.e. if people are given leeway to implement ideas).
Ask For Current/Expected Growth Plans For This Role Over Time So That Both Parties Know What May Lie Ahead Of Them After Starting Together!
Send thank-you emails or cards to the employer, even if the process didn’t go well. It’s better to connect than not connect at all, especially if it’s an organization where you’d love to work.
After you’ve interviewed and been eliminated from the running for a job, it may be tempting to send an email thanking the employer for his or her time and interest. It’s also important to thank them!
Doing so will help you stay in contact with them, which can in turn lead to another opportunity down the road.
Asking for feedback is a good way to keep yourself on their radar as well if they give it freely and openly, then that’s great. If not, just continue your search elsewhere; there are plenty of other companies out there (not all of whom will ask for feedback after interviews).
Landing Your Dream Job Is About Preparation, Confidence, And Research
Be prepared. This is the number one thing to do when you want to land a job. You should be as prepared as possible when you meet with employers and recruiters, so it shows them that you are serious about getting the position.
Be confident in yourself and your abilities. Any employer or recruiter needs to know that they are hiring someone who will be able to handle the responsibilities of their job with ease and confidence.
So showing that through your attitude during interviews is vital because it gives them confidence in hiring someone like you who can perform well at any task assigned by management or senior leadership team members within an organization.
Research everything about the company, culture, location, and reputation before applying/interviewing there! You should already have some idea what type of person they’re looking for based on their job description but if not then do some research!
See what kind of benefits they offer employees (if any), what kind of office space there is available for new hires (Is it open concept? Cubicles?), and ask yourself questions like: “Why am I interested in working here?”, “What would make me happy?” etc…
Landing your dream job is about preparation, confidence, and research. If you’re serious about landing your dream job, then now is the time to start planning for it.
Your next step should be reaching out to potential employers and talking with them about what they’re looking for in their next hire.
You can do this by sending emails or making phone calls even if these don’t lead anywhere at first (or ever!), they’ll give you a better idea of how to approach future opportunities with confidence!