The 1 Day Dream Job Challenge

24 Hours Vancouver recently ran an article that contains an interesting twist on the job search process. Those of you who are feeling frustrated with the lack of progress in your quest for employment will be particularly interested in this.

The idea is to commit to one day of intense job-search activity which is aimed at adding momentum to your search and to put you in a position to speak directly with the people who have the power to hire you.

How does it work?

In the morning from 9 a.m. to noon you physically visit seven companies. In the afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. you call 20 companies. You only call decisions makers (managers or directors). This approach does not work with human resources. It works in office towers to retail to construction sites.

Who is it for?

This challenge has been used by hundreds of professionals and students ranging in ages from 19 to 71. It has worked for business students and professionals in accounting, architecture, healthcare and more. It also works if you just want any job.

Please visit the 1 day dream job website for more information and be sure to download a sample schedule of activities which includes some helpful telephone scripts (pdf).

There are two things I want to say about this.

  • If you don’t feel ready to carry out this intense type of job search activity please contact myself or Dan and we can help prepare you for this.
  • Even if you are not interested in giving this a try, the message to take away is that we need to be as active as we can in our job search. The more employers we meet; the more phone calls we make the shorter our job search will be. Staying in action with our job search is the key to success.