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Your Dream Job — Five Essential Steps


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Ready for your dream job? Landing the job you’ve always wanted is within your reach. Here are five steps to secure it. Within time, the job will be yours.

 

1. Planning to win your dream job

Review your work history. Does it list skills and experience that would be transferable to the new job? If it doesn’t, then you need to get some training, or look for a ‘stepping stone’ role that will give you this experience.  Will you need certain qualifications? These days, it’s almost impossible to walk into a job offering only soft skills, initiative and experience. Is your health and age appropriate? Are you prepared to take an entry level position? Will you need to relocate? If you’re okay with all of this, then the next step is to review your job application.

2. Your Job Application

Your résumé (or CV) and cover letter must prove that you are the best choice—on all levels. Are you confident you could do the job but just lack the experience and need a break? It’s not enough. Currently, the job market is so competitive that recruiters and employers are being extremely selective. If your résumé or CV addresses all the position requirements, and it is correctly formatted for effective applicant tracking system (ATS) scanning, then there’s a good chance you’ll be short-listed for interview.

3. Preparing for the Interview

How will you outshine the other applicants? You must do your homework. Research the business. Try to understand its mission and challenges. Think about what you can bring to the business to make it better. This is your primary concern as without the business you won’t have a job. Think about areas where you can show initiative. Think about questions you can ask to demonstrate your interest in the business. Review the position description and try to imagine scenarios that you may be quizzed on. It’s good to have ambition—to be the best at what you do, but it must be for the benefit of the business. Prepare with a business perspective and an operations/technical perspective in mind. View the interview as an exam.

4. The Interview

If you want to look great in the interview, you must address the business’ concerns. What can you do for the position/business to make it better? Whatever questions are asked of you, let this theme be the basis of your response, that is, the great value that you’ll bring to the position and the business. Stay upbeat, friendly—you’re a team player and enjoy collaboration. Don’t ramble, be concise, business-like (time is money and you need to demonstrate your awareness of this.) Be confident in your communication. When asked if you have any questions, now is the time to bring up those points you’ve already considered. Be careful though, don’t ask questions that could cause awkwardness. Thank the interviewer/s for their time and then hand over your thank-you letter.

5. The Thank-You Letter

The thank-you letter is more than what its name may indicate. This is an opportunity to reaffirm the positive points you’ve highlighted in your interview, namely your skills and experience which will be highly appropriate; your keen interest in the position and the organization; the value that you plan to bring; and your promise to perform the role with the utmost diligence and care. This can be seen as a contract to which you are prepared to commit in writing, which is a great way to differentiate yourself from the other applicants. Remember, the interviewers will be considering many candidates and it can be hard to decide who is the best. Your thank-you letter will speak for you well after the interview is over.

dream jobWell there you have it – five steps for winning your dream job. With the right planning and preparation, you can do it.

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Your successful job interview

Job Interview

 

To get the job, you need a position specific strategy.

Job interview strategy

You’ve finally made it to an interview and they drop the big bomb on you, “What are you looking for in the job?” or “What sort of environment do you prefer to work in?” Now this is the deal breaker. Answer these questions the right way and you probably have the job. Answer them like most others would, and you may as well have skipped the interview. Very few people get the right answer to these questions, and it’s usually only those who get the jobs.

These days employers are looking for more than just someone who can do the job. So besides presenting yourself as appropriately qualified and professional, you must also present information that is going to completely satisfy recruiter requirements and this will lift you above the competition.

As the job market continues to tighten, recruiters and employers are being swamped by more than enough applications. These days they’re looking for good reasons why they shouldn’t bin your resume. Unless you offer a bunch of hot points that really help you to stand out, you won’t get shortlisted and you won’t get called for an interview.

Astute recruiters read between the lines. They’re highly experienced at quickly scanning a resume and will cull an ordinary run-of-the-mill job application within seconds. Most job applicants fall into this category regardless of their qualifications, experience or seniority.

Looking for a job winning resumeIt’s all about presenting the right messages – not just at the interview but in your resume and all other contact you make with the employer regarding the job vacancy. This will lead to being selected for a job interview and it will help you to excel in your interview. Is is a strategy that Best Resumes develops and includes with every resume package.

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