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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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A Successful Resume: One-size-fits-all doesn’t work

Disappointed-manWhat does it take to have a successful resume? After a long time job searching, many job seekers lament: “I don’t understand it; I have a great resume – I sent it to so many employers last month and haven’t received one response!”

If this has been your experience, there can only be two reasons for the disappointing results: your resume may not be as good as you think it is, or you’re not targeting your market properly. But assuming that your resume is up to par – it states your abilities, qualifications and experience in an honest and effective manner then it can only be your approach to the market.

A Successful Resume and Job Search

The fact is, if your resume is faultless, and you have approached the market correctly, you would have at least several interviews by now.

Many people try to take the easy route to job hunting by sending the same resume to many job vacancies for which they only have an outside chance, hoping that the employer or recruiter will somehow work out that their story is relevant to the position or organization. A perfect example of this is the large number of resume distribution services. Yet the response rate from these is usually so low that in most cases they could be seen as a waste of money.

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 a few seconds. Most job applicants fall into this category regardless of their qualifications, experience or seniority.

If you want a successful resume and be recognized as the most appropriate candidate, your application must incorporate a position specific strategy with appropriate content that will hold recruiter attention and effectively provide all the information they would expect from a leading candidate. Your resume will tick all the boxes from top to bottom, automatically earning its place in the interview pile.

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