How to create a job from scratch

Posted by | November 7, 2014 | How I got my dream job, How to change jobs, Looking for work

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The right job for you is out there. It’s just a matter of finding it.

Scouring the job listings not doing it for you? Find a need in an organisation you like and meet it.

Your role doesn’t exist? Create it. Really. That’s what I did. It worked…

You’re a big fan of the work an organisation does. You follow their updates on social media, watch their campaigns roll out, even volunteer for them on occasion. You love their work but can see where they could be better. You have some great ideas on how they could reach their target demographic or manage their finances or strategise more effectively. Whatever your role, you need to pitch it to them. You want to work for them. You believe in their cause and mission. And, they need your skills. Sounds like a win-win to me.

It takes a gentle confident touch, tact on tap, a dollop of good luck and a bunch of research. An inside connection helps too.


So here are my five simple steps to create your dream job from scratch:

1. Identify a need

Observe the organisation. Or ask for what you want on social media channels “I am looking for a job doing X for an NGO/progressive company. I’m very good at what I do. Any leads for me?’

2. Do your research.

Was your hunch right? Does the organisation really need you? Do you have any personal connections you can tap for insight and facilitate a meeting? Consider being a volunteer or intern to get to know the organisation. Identify the current role/s your proposed position would complement/work with/answer to. Figure out what is needed and ways you can deliver.

3. Make contact.

Set up a meeting any way you can.Use your personal contacts, call in favours, do what it takes. Cold call if you have to, but go prepared with some punchy introductory lines and some VERY strong references.

4. Make an irresistible pitch.

Go in having researched thoroughly. Present your case. This is where you will make it or break it. Suggest a contract position or a trial period to begin with. Go in with a clear goal you believe you can achieve to be assessed at the end of that time period. Be visionary, but realistic.

5. Meeting review.

Take some time to reflect after your meeting. Does it feel right to you? Are you a good fit for the organisation’s needs and culture? Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should. If the answer is a big resounding yes, then follow up the meeting the next day with a thank you email emphasising your enthusiasm. And, then sit tight, knowing you have done your best.

The next step, is getting in there to work your magic and make yourself indispensable helping to make that organisation hum!


About Anissa: Her colourful working life has been in NGO/charity sectors, the arts, and otherwise progressive world changing projects. She pronounced herself a writer at age 5. Anissa still loves to write, works freelance, and is a blogger and Online Content Specialist and Social Media Trainer for Do Good projects. She is a lover of wild places, a homeschooling mama, a compulsive crafter, a gardener, and op-shopping queen.

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