6 Steps To Landing Your Dream Job
Whether you are fresh out of uni or are just looking for a change of pace, there is no doubt the job market is a tough one to enter. You want a job that you’re passionate about, something that pays what you’re worth but also something that suits your lifestyle. But aside from the lack of jobs and the saturated market, how on earth do you land that perfect job? Luckily for you, we’ve put together 6 steps for finding, preparing for and landing your dream job! Time to get applying!
1. Determine what you want
The hardest part of landing your dream job is often figuring out what that would be in the first place. While you may have a specific place in mind, you need to consider other factors like the working conditions, company culture and day-to-day tasks. A job that may seem perfect on the outside could actually turn out to be the opposite of what you are looking for if you don’t do some research.
Think about what you value in a job, make a list and then begin your search. Look for employers whose values and culture aligns with your own as well as positions that match your skills and qualifications to avoid starting a job you’ll end up hating.
2. Write a killer CV
First impressions are everything, so you will want to submit a CV that will stand out from the crowd. Put some time into crafting an excellent resume that highlights your unique skills, experience and accomplishments. Make sure it is articulated well and the design is eye-catching (please, no Microsoft Word templates).
When it comes to your cover letter, remember to tailor it specifically to the company and position you are applying for. Don’t use a generic one and change the names, start from scratch. Remember, a cover letter is not entirely about you, but should also show the company what you can offer, why you will make an excellent fit and how you will benefit them. Make sure you address the letter to the correct person too (do your research if you are unsure).
3. Utilise your connection
Whether they are an old employer, a family friend or even an old uni tutor, someone you know may have a connection to someone at the company you are looking to apply at and could become your secret weapon to landing the position. They might be able to put in a good word or connect you to someone within the company, getting your foot in the door. As they say, it’s who you know, not what you know.
4. Check your social media
Don’t jeopardise your chances of getting the job before you even set foot in the door. Your interviewer will Google you and they will look at your Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin etc. Your social media accounts are often a good indication of the type of person you are and the type of employee you might be. So purge your profiles and keep them free of drunken party photos and profanities. Switch your accounts to private as well, just in case.
5. Do your research
Learn as much as you can about the company, the position and the interviewer before you go in for the interview. Learn about the company and their values by studying their website, social media accounts and reading employee reviews, understand the position you are applying for and find your relevant skills and experience and Google your interviewer to learn about who they are and their background. Knowing this information will work in your favour during the interview.
6. Nail that interview
If you manage to score an interview, you’ll want to nail it. A job interview is your chance to convince the interviewer that you are the perfect person for the job. Make sure you understand the position so you can discuss your relevant skills and experience along with specific examples, be sure to maintain good eye contact and posture throughout, make sure you listen intently and dress appropriately, speak confidently and be personable. After the interview, follow up with a thank you letter or email to show your enthusiasm and appreciation.