According to Richard Nelson Bolles author of the best-selling job hunting book “What Color is your Parachute” there are nine key steps that an individual should explore when identifying a dream job.

Hereunder are the 9 steps that you and I should follow when identifying your dream job:-

Favourite Transferable Skills

The first step in finding your dream job is to self-reflect. Make a list of all the skills that you have gained throughout your career to date that you can use in another role.

If you are a recent graduate, think about skills that you gained while at school. Some examples of skills that you may want to consider that are transferable are:

• Embracing continuous learning
• Public speaking
• Ability to speak a foreign language
• Writing and communication
• The ability to adapt to different environments and cultures

Fields of Fascination

The second thing to do is reflect on the bodies or fields of knowledge that fascinates you the most.
To get deeper insight into the fields of fascination, consider reflecting on persons who you professionally admire. In addition, consider the fields that interest from general observation.

Create The Flower

Bolles believes that an individual should create a flower using the Rich Feller Model from your favourite transferable skills and fields of fascination. This model takes in consideration 7 factors that one should reflect on when identifying a dream job.

These include favourite values, favourite people environment, favourite interests, favourite skills, geography, favourite working conditions, salary and level of responsibility.

These can be plotted to create a flower which is a picture of what your new career can look like. See an example of the Rich Feller Model.

Names of Jobs That Fit

From the results of the Rich Feller Model, make a list of the names of jobs that fit. You may need to reach out to others using the diagram and ask for feedback. However the flower is a great starting point as it will tell you what roles you should automatically eliminate.

Informational Interviewing

Once you have created a list of prospective roles that may suit you, then go out and meet individuals who are doing this role. This process is called informational interviewing.

allows an individual to identify a job/ career of interest by setting up a meeting with persons who perform these roles day to day basis. It is important to highlight that an informational interview is not a job interview. However, an informational interview could potentially be a stepping stone to a job offer.

According to Bolles the important thing to remember with informational interviews is that they are carried out with workers and not hiring managers

I have written an article which provides a comprehensive guide to informational interviewing. If you are seeking more information on informational interviewing as well as possible questions you can ask at this form of interview, feel free to click the previous link. 

In addition, there is a free resource in the library on 15 things that you should never do or say at a job interview. Click HERE to access.

Research the Organisation

Complete a thorough research of the organisation using sources such as newspaper, social media, annual reports, strategic plans and company website.

Find out what these organisations do and explore the challenges that exist within their industry. Pay close attention to the company’s values, missions and strategic goals to ensure that there is alignment with your career vision.


Use LinkedIn and cold calling the company to identify the key decision maker in hiring you for potential roles in the organisation.


Leverage your contacts to see if anyone knows the individuals that you have identified.

Demonstrate that you have the ability to solve their problems and be an asset to the organisation.


Bolles stated that at the end of the day it is important not to cut no corners nor to take any short cuts when identifying your dream job.

Your career is an important life decision that you will make and you want to ensure that any job that you take that you are happy and fulfilled in the role.

Final Thoughts

Your job usually takes up a large portion of your day to day life. Therefore, it is essential that you and I take time to clearly identify roles that resonate and align with our life’s vision.

Trust this article can be used as a great tool in identifying your dream job. If you have found the information in this post valuable, I will be grateful if you can share it and leave a comment. 

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