This is an excerpt/adaptation from How To Financially Retire Before You Turn 30 (FIRE) – An Ultimate Guide.

I don’t have to explain why it would be beneficial to land your dream job so let’s jump straight into the important stuff.

My two big pieces of advice:

If you take away two things from this post:

1) If you contact people at the company directly (instead of using the job board) then you’re already in the top 1% of applicants. Almost no one takes the time to do this, SO DO IT AND GET AHEAD!

2) Ask them in the interview “what can I do today to start adding value to the company?” And then do whatever they ask as well and as swiftly as possible. By showing that you’re deeply focused on adding value to the company and then reinforcing that by adding free value to the company, you quickly establish yourself in the top 0.1% of applicants.

I used these two basic principles to land my dream job at DoorDash (when it was a relatively small company). This happened despite the company telling me that I was very underqualified for the role on paper. If you want to get ahead, be aggressive and add value.

Read this guide because it’s the best job hunting guide that I’ve come across:

How to Get a Better Job (Guide)

The overview of this guide is:

    1. Figure out what you want out of your next job
    2. Prepare your resume, LinkedIn and cover letter
      1. Link to the best resume design site that I found
    3. Hunt and apply for opportunities
    4. Reach out to decision-makers directly
      1. How to find anyone’s email address
      2. How to cold email someone
    5. Nail the interview
      1. Top 15 Job Interview Questions and Answers
    6. Negotiate your salary
      1. How to negotiate your salary

An alternate guide: The Ultimate Guide To Landing Your Dream Job

There isn’t any shortcut to landing your dream job, you have to put the blood, sweat, and tears into making it happen.