How to Get a Job with Your Dream Employer

If you could work for any company in the world, which employer would you choose? You can see the most popular answers to this question on LinkedIn’s recently released list ofMost InDemand Employers, which ranks the most sought-after companies on LinkedIn, ranked geographically and by job function.

If your dream employer appears on this list, you’re certainly in good company. But it also means you’re up for some intense competition. What does it take to land a job at one of the world’s most sought-after employers? Here are some tips:

It takes confidence. Yes, it can be challenging to apply to a top organization, but don’t take yourself out of the running before you take the first step. The very first step in landing a job with your dream employer is believing it’s possible. You’ll never get a job you don’t apply for.

It takes a good fit. That said, you have to be realistic about what opportunities you pursue. Just because a company is popular doesn’t mean it’s the right career or cultural fit for you. Take time to thoroughly research a potential employer by exploring that organization’s website and reading through its LinkedIn Company Page. The “Careers” tab of any Company Page will provide information about that organization’s culture, and the company’s status updates — which you can follow by clicking the “Follow” button in the upper right hand corner of any Company Page — will alert you to the organization’s current news and priorities.

I also recommend following a potential employer’s competitors (which you can generally find under the Insights tab of the Company Page under “People Also Viewed”). Research how a potential employer compares to its rivals in terms of culture, services, career opportunities and more. If you prefer another organization’s activities and positioning, then perhaps that company is your dream employer instead.

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9 Comments

    Comment: Posted by Lindsey Pollak on July 31, 2013 at 9:41 am

    @David – Glad you liked this post. Thanks for the comment!

    Comment: Posted by David on July 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    This is great advice, Lindsey! There are many factors to consider when coming to a decision of your “dream job.” Sometimes reputation is all that it takes to sell you on it, but you really have to dig deep to see if you really are a good fit for the job. Lindsey brought up great points about seeking out the competition, because you never know if they are the better choice.

    Comment: Posted by Kevin Meed on March 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Lindsey you have it right. It is pointless to respond to hundreds of job ads.

    Pick the companies and industries you want to work in and start contacting people there. Services like jobunlocker.com or data.com can help you find the right people to get in contact with. Then send your resumes and even go old school and make phone calls and start talking with people at those companies and in your industry. This is how our parents did it before there were job boards on the internet where we could easily respond to ads all day.

    (protip: the easier it is for you to apply for a job, the easier it is for everyone to apply for that job)

    Comment: Posted by Harry @ PI Expert on January 11, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I have to echo what Anna Christina said. The old saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has never, unfortunately, been more true than in today’s competitive environment.

    Comment: Posted by Ryan Chatterton on December 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Does anybody have any thoughts on finding your dream employer? I think a lot of us really look up to these large behemoths like Google and Apple, but what about that small company around the corner that’s edgy, fun, has a marketing happy hour, and would also be a great place to work? Any tips on finding those?

    Comment: Posted by Anna Christina on December 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    One other tip I would add is personal networking. Find someone you know there or a way to get in touch with someone you know. People love talking about their company so you can usually get an informal meeting or coffee scheduled. This will give you insight into the company and give you a chance to showcase your capabilities. If the person is impressed, they will be more than willing to personally pass along your resume when an opportunity arises.

    Comment: Posted by William Mitchell, CPRW on December 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Hey … nothing beats a failure but a try. I advise all clients to submit resumes to employers of choice even if an opening has not been advertised. More than half of positions are filled before becoming public. I found a great job years ago the same way. The employer was wondering how they would find someone with my qualifications and on cue, my resume came across the fax. BAM!!! … Hired and the position never saw the light of day.

    GO FOR IT!!!

    Comment: Posted by Beverly on November 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    You could also search for businesses they’ve done business with and ask what their experience is of that company.

    Comment: Posted by Jenny Xie on November 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Great post, Lindsey! Totally agree with your insight that a top employer may not be a good match for everyone. That’s why internships come in handy: they not only give students and new grads an idea of a dream work environment, but also the connections that will make that dream attainable. It’s all about letting those pieces fall together in a trial work period.

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