Employers get a lot of buzz out of advertising a “dream job”. A dream job can be an evergreen position or a special one-time job (see Chief Hiking Officer below).
Here are 5 examples I found:
Devil’s Brewing Company’s Chief Hiking Officer
In June, Devil’s Brewing advertised an opening for Chief Hiking Officer which could be the greatest of all outdoor dream jobs. The promo video on YouTube described the dream gig and its benefits which include:
- Daily Exercise
- Fresh Air
- Free Beer
Food & Wine Magazine said:
“If you’re serious (extremely serious) about hiking, beer, and social media, this could be your dream gig.”
Here is the dream job description video from YouTube:
Legoland Dream Job Marketing Page
Talk about childhood dream jobs. The Lego dream job interview process includes submitting a portfolio of Lego builds and competing in a LEGO build-off. Must “Love Lego” to apply.
Oscar Mayer’s Evergreen Job Description for Wienermobile Navigators is a hot dog lover’s dream job. Oscar Mayer’s career page almost always has availability for candidates who “always dreamed of working with hot dogs”. Another one of those unusual dream jobs, Oscar Mayer “Hotdoggers” drive a giant hot dog mobile to events across the United States.
Their goal, put “A Better Hot Dog in Every Hand.”
Update: 7,000 people applied and 12 people got accepted. source: NY Times.
Reviews.org — Disney Dream Job
Do you love Disney movies? Reviews.org advertised a Disney dream job this year with the headline “We’ll pay you to watch Disney+”. Reviews.org also mentioned Social Distancing in the ad. We think there might be a lot more remote dream jobs you never knew existed being advertised post-COVID.
You don’t have to be a major brand to do “Dream Job” pages
Major brands are advertising dream jobs, but that doesn’t mean companies of any size can’t.
US Direct: $1,000 to Watch Shark Week
Make money to watch Shark Week? #dreamjob! US Direct had loads of interest in the #SharkWeekDreamJawb ad. This position was for a seasonal employee who would tweet and share their favorite Shark Week facts. Add this to the list of unusual dream jobs!
Even if you don’t have a huge consumer brand selling beer, hot dogs, or Disney, you can still do something like Kinship. They dedicate a page called “Tell Us About Your Dream Job!” and treat it as a talent community lead capture page.
You don’t have to call it a “Dream Job” (the press might do it for you)
The jobs below did not necessarily mention “dream job” in a job ad or have a dream job marketing page, but I think they are a hit for anyone looking to find dream jobs. Videogamer, cross-country beer explorer, ice cream taster, and more…sign me up!
Misfits Gaming Pays 14-Year-Old to Play Fortnite
Kids dream jobs might include becoming a veterinarian or a doctor, but a 14-year-old from New York gets paid to play Fortnite, a highly popular video game. Fox News reported last year that:
“”Fortnite” has made a 14-year-old boy $196,000 richer and he’s just revealed how. Griffin Spikoski spends anywhere between eight to 18 hours a day playing the video game which has made him an internet sensation. Spikoski records himself playing “Fornite” and then uploads those videos to YouTube.”
Michelob Ultra Pays $50,000 for Chief Exploration Officer
Add this to the list of outdoor dream jobs for travelers and beer lovers, in September Michelob Ultra advertised a role for a CEO (Chief Exploration Officer). A video ad on Travel + Leisure says the CEO will:
“travel in a state of the art van provided by the company, along with gas money and plenty of beer for their days off.”
The Chief Exploration Officer also gets to bring along a plus one…dream job alert!
Top Ramen “Chief Noodle Officer” to get $10,000 Payday
This month, Maxim.com did a story on a new Instagram promo celebrating 50 years of Top Ramen. Who wouldn’t want to get $10k for their love of ramen? The story said:
“If you’re a noodle fanatic or self-proclaimed ramen recipe guru, this dream job is for you. Noodle lovers are urged to take to Instagram — using #HowDoYouTopRamen and tagging @OriginalTopRamen– and share photos of their favorite custom ramen recipes, noodle toppings and memories of Top Ramen, that inexpensive staple of college students and stoners around the nation.”
DREAM JOB ALERT: Supermac’s is hiring a ‘mystery ice-cream taster’
According to The Irish Post:
“IRELAND’S FAVOURITE fast food restaurant is hiring for a super ‘chill’ new role”
The mystery ice-cream taster role is perfect for or ice-cream loving candidates looking to find dream jobs. Talk about a sweet, dream gig!
CableTV.com and HiSpeedInternet.com search for “horror superfan”
If your dream job is to get paid to watch horror films you are in luck. This dream job pays $1,000 to Binge-watch 24 Hours of Horror Movies.
According to Travel + Leisure:
“The chosen candidate must be over 18 and agree to 24 straight hours of movie-watching (which roughly adds up to 12 to 16 movies). This horror movie connoisseur can choose movies from any streaming service they want and curate their own movie marathon –– including cult classics, big horror hits, or even so-bad-it’s-good B-list movies.”
Want to create your own “Dream Job”?
In June, Indeed blogged about 25 Dreams Jobs with Salary Info. The post includes a definition of “What is a Dream Job”:
“A dream job is a position that combines an activity, skill or passion with a moneymaking opportunity. Dream jobs can be exciting and glamorous like acting or playing music, or they can be prestigious and high-paying like working as a doctor or lawyer. Dream jobs differ from person to person…”
Attributes of a dream job, the article said, include:
- Are engaging: Dream jobs keep you engaged and challenged.Dream jobs help others directly or indirectly.
- Use your talents: Dream jobs use your specific talents and skills.
- Include excellent colleagues: Dream jobs have supportive, capable and kind coworkers.
- Maintain a positive workspace: Dream jobs have an upbeat and transparent company culture.
- Offer work/life balance: Dream jobs understand the value of and support maintaining a solid work/life balance.
This new hedge fund posting for “Reddit Traders” could make someone’s dream job list
Want to make $200k for searching through Reddit? A hedge fund based in NYC, Cindicator Capital is searching for a:
“Reddit-savvy trader who’ll manage millions of dollars and comb through Reddit, Discord and Twitter to see what people are saying.”
Cindicator recently posted the opening on Linkedin, sending the Reddit feeds wild. (source: CNET, February 10, 2021)
WHY I WROTE THIS
Ongig is focused on creating the most effective job ads for employers. Job ads with creative and punchy content are a great way to engage candidates, and help them find their dream job.
Dream Job Shout-Outs
- Indeed’s 25 Dream Jobs With Salary Info
- DREAM JOB ALERT: Supermac’s is hiring a ‘mystery ice-cream taster’ (by Rachel O’Connor)
- Michelob Ultra Will Pay You $50K to Travel Around the U.S. Exploring National Parks (by Stacey Leasca)
- 14-year-old boy makes $200G playing ‘Fortnite’ and uploading clips to YouTube – and ‘never goes to school’ (by Fox News)
- Legoland Is Looking for One Person to Fill This Dream Job (by Stacey Leasca)
- This Brewery Is Hiring a ‘Chief Hiking Officer’ to Drink Beer and Trek the Appalachian Trail (by Mike Pomranz)
- Get Paid $1,000 to Binge-watch 24 Hours of Horror Movies (by Andrea Romano)
- Hedge fund job listing wants Reddit traders (by Oscar Gonzalez)