Top Tips on Landing Your Dream Job
So, you have either just wrapped up your years in an educational institution, have completed your internship or are currently holding down the less than ideal job that pays the bills. Is your dream job out there, waiting, and you just don’t know how to get your foot in the door? Well, we are here to help.
We will be touching on some of the top things that you should be doing to get the job that you have been waiting for. You need to think of the whole process as a sales process. You are essentially selling yourself as a product to a company for them to invest in for the foreseeable future. So, you will need to bring your A-game. Let’s get into it.
Build Up Your Skills
Most positions, especially highly sought after ones, require some form of education, skills and experience. If you are currently working a day job to pay the bills, while looking for a position, spend the time building up your skills. Search each job listing for your desired job and study the spec. If you are lacking in one or two departments, try and develop those skills or put yourself through a course.
There are tons of online courses that you can take, some free, some paid that will help you build up your skill-set. The more you have to include on your CV, the more you will stand out from the other candidates. The internet is a wealth of information for you to teach yourself various aspects of a position. So, spend your time wisely, building up those skill sets.
Spruce Up That CV
Your CV is your formal introduction to your new employers and you need to make sure that it is packed with information about you, your skills and your experiences. However, there are few things you need to ensure about your CV before getting it out to potential employers:
- It cannot have grammar or spelling mistakes. This is simply highly unprofessional and is the surest way of getting recycled immediately. Get someone to proof-read it for you;
- Do not list unnecessary experience. Once you start climbing the corporate ladder, no-one really cares about your few months of waitering or that you volunteered once for your local elections. Ditch the fluff;
- Do not lie on your CV. Do not over-embellish yourself or your skills. Rather be accurate and truthful. It will be up to the employer to make a decision about your fit in the company, and your job to live up to that.
Personalize Each Cover Letter
As much as your CV is your introduction, the cover letter is your first impression. A well structured cover letter could set your profile apart from the other candidates who are applying with the same education and experience as you. This is your chance to allow the potential employer into your life and how your mind works. But, the trick is to write each cover letter according to the roles that you are applying for.
A standard, generic cover letter is easily spotted and shows a lack of passion and interest for the position. Center your cover letter around how your strengths will suit the company and the role specifically. Highlight your past experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for and mention in the letter why you would be a good fit for the company.
Kill the Interview
This is where the company will get to put a face to the name, and this is your chance to shine in front of the interviewer. There is only so much you can convey about yourself on paper, so use the opportunity to really express your passion, your strengths and how you will be able to help build the company.
The rule of thumb of an interview, apart from dressing appropriately, is to be prepared for the interview.
- Do thorough research on the company in order to have a working knowledge of your potential place of employment;
- Know the job spec inside out so that you will be able to answer every question about how you will perform thoroughly;
- Practice the questions most frequently asked in interviews. Know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Know what you will be bringing into the job and how your contribution will make an impact in the role.
Have a Constant Presence for Possible Opportunities
Even if you are not actively looking for a job, it is important to have a constant online presence in your industry. You simply never know if your dream job could come looking for you, with the salary that you deserve. There are a number of platforms to load up a profile to reach out to your industry including LinkedIn and Wanted. Keep these profiles up to date and active with your skills and experiences at all times to remain relevant and on top of people’s minds.
Wanted is a great platform to passively find that job. Not only will potential employers find you based on your experience and skills, but on your salary expectations. If a company cannot afford you, they will simply have to move on and find a different candidate. Your dream job could just be a click away.