How to Develop Your Dream Job Description (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

If you want to get your dream job, you MUST create your dream job description first.  You have to know what you want before you can get it.

2 years ago, I was extremely frustrated with the direction of my career.  I had left my dream job (with an NBA franchise) and accepted a position that was not a good match for my talents and passions.  One day, I decided to sit down and write out exactly what my perfect job would look like. 

I ended up with a list of 18 factors.  Unfortunately, despite being compensated very well and working for the best boss I ever had, my current job only satisfied 5 of my 18 ideal variables.  It was clearly time for a career change.  As I looked at my list, I realized that a career as an author, speaker, and entrepreneur would satisfy 16 of my 18 variables.  (Note: I’m still working on the last 2 factors!) 

If you are in a job search or considering a career change in 2011, make sure you identify what you want BEFORE you start looking.  I made the mistake of not doing this in 2008, and that’s how I ended up in a job that was a very poor fit for me.

To develop your dream job description, here are 6 key areas to address, along with 16 questions you should ask yourself:

1. Office Location. 

a. Would you rather work in a major city, in the suburbs, or in a rural setting? 

b. How close to home do you want your office to be? 

c. Are you willing to relocate from your current location?  If so, how far from where you are now?

2. Schedule. 

a. Do you want a “9-5” job where you are in the office with a routine every day or do you want to have a schedule with much more variety? 

b. How much travel do you want to do for work (or are you willing to do)?

c. How many hours are you willing to work per week?   

3. Work environment/culture. 

a. Do you want to work in a quiet setting that feels like a library or an environment that resembles a Wall Street trading floor in terms of action and unpredictability? 

b. Do you want an environment that is very corporate and professional or one that is more playful and laid-back? 

c. Do you want to be managed very closely or do you want more freedom on how to do your job?

4. Job function. 

a. What skills do you want to use on a daily basis? 

b. What kinds of impact and results do you want to achieve through your work?

c. Do you prefer to work in isolation (i.e. at a desk in front of a computer) or do you want to interact with other people for most of the day?

5. Employer information.

a. What industries and sub-industries interest you?

b. Do you want to work for a well-established, larger entity or do you prefer to work for a smaller, more nimble organization?

6. Salary/benefits. 

a. What types of income requirements do you have, and how important is salary to you? 

b. How important is it that your compensation is tied to your performance?

There are no right or wrong answers, and you will probably feel strongly about some areas more than others.  However, it is imperative that you answer these questions BEFORE you start your job search.  You will then know where to look, and this exercise will make it easier for you be objective about potential opportunities as they arise.

-Pete Leibman

-Career Expert, Speaker, and Coach

-Creator of The Dream Job College Tour


Twitter: @peteleibman

P.S. I speak about career success to students and young professionals nationwide.  To learn more about my programs and speaking availability for The 2011 Dream Job College Tour, please send an email to

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2 Comments on “How to Develop Your Dream Job Description (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)”

  1. […] then pulled out the dream job description I had created a few weeks earlier.  A career as a speaker, author, and entrepreneur would satisfy […]

  2. English Teacher Says:

    I think this is an useful tool because the main point is to do something that you really enjoy because you´re going to do it not the rest of your life, but at least an important period of this one so you need to have a CLEAR idea or open a little bit the perspective of all that jobs involve.

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