Secrets to Scoring Your Dream Job (Straight From 6 Totally Inspiring Ladies Who Already Have)
The ladies-ranging from Daily Show funny-girl Jessica Williams to Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp-spilled their secrets about how to land their dream jobs.
Here's what they had to say:
Don't know what you're getting into.
"If I had known what it would take to start my company, I probably never would have done it. But once I did, I just got obsessed. And when you're obsessed, you just keep trying until it happens."
-Rachel Sterne Haot, chief digital officer for the City of New York
Go for the love.
Don't wait to work to solve the world's biggest problems, the problems you think are pressing are pressing, and they need your attention now! -Wendy Kopp
"I auditioned for a part once where I really didn't like the way the director worked. I pulled out. I was like, 'Even if I got this, I don't know if I would want to work with that guy.' You have to know that not every project is going to be right for you. Trust that instinct. When it comes to difficult decisions, I really believe you can break it down between which choice is from your fear and which is from love. Love is always going to be the right one."
-Anna Chlumsky, actress (Veep)
Learn that the "nos" don't matter (and start now!)
"I tell people all the time when they want to start things, there are lots and lots of 'nos.' Don't let those get in your way. Just keep asking until you find one or two 'yeses.' It's a search for allies. And when you find one, get going! Don't wait to work to solve the world's biggest problems, the problems you think are pressing are pressing, and they need your attention now! "
-Wendy Kopp, Teach for America founder/chair and Teach for All co-founder/CEO
If it's scary, do it anyway.
"When you get really excited about something, there will probably be this little voice that's pushing all these doubts in your head. You know what that means? It means there are stakes, and that you're doing something that really scares and excites you. When you feel that, acknowledge that it's there, and then do it anyway."
-Jessica Williams, actress/comedian (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart )
Don't wait for permission to follow your dreams.
"If I saw a listing for an internship and I wasn't the right major or the right year and couldn't apply online, I would just call that company. I'm not waiting for some computer to tell me I'm ready. Figure out who you want to work for and what you think you can offer them, and go introduce yourself. While they're all waiting for the juniors on Thursday, you'll be there on Monday."
-Piper Perabo, actress (Covert Affairs)
Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive also offered up some intel on landing your dream job. For the most ambitious young women, it's all about the gigs that aren't-gasp!-Google-able. In congratulating the Top 10-ers, she told them, "I'd say we have future Hillarys, Beyoncés, Sandbergs, and Sotomayors in the mix, but that would be limiting."
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