Landing a Job You Really Want: How to Identify Dream Employers

By Katie Corbett


When you are looking for a job, it can be fun to think about places you might like to work. You can make a list and reach out to them. I’ve done this several times and frequently gotten interviews.


I saw this idea as a suggestion in “The 2-Hour Job Search,” by Steve Dalton. Here is a list of questions I found helpful when hunting down those dream employers.


  1. When you were young, where did you think it might be cool to work?
  2. When you watch TV, listen to the radio, and read printed advertisements, what companies stand out to you?
  3. Do you think it might be cool to work for some companies, but are feeling intimidated? What are those companies?
  4. Are there companies you’ve heard of whose mission stands out to you as inspiring?
  5. Look through lists of best places to work in your area. Do any of them stand out to you as cool places to work?


I encourage you to make a list of your top ten dream employers. Check within your network to find out if you already know someone who works there. Knowing someone who works there might make it seem less intimidating, and you already have a connection to get your foot in the door.


I have a friend who works for Google, and I talked with them about the application and interview process before applying. It was fun to be able to learn what the process was like before applying and know that I knew someone who worked there. Knowing that I applied was cool, even though I didn’t end up progressing beyond to the interview stage. I’m glad that I didn’t let Google’s larger-than-life reputation intimidate me from filling out an application.


Have you ever reached out to or applied for a job with a dream employer? How did it go? I’d love to hear your story, so feel free to share it in the comments.


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