There are a lot of jobs available and the number keeps increasing by the day. Update your LinkedIn profile saying you are open for a job and be amazed at the number of job listings they send to you. While this is true, it is becoming difficult to land your dream job that fits your personality and needs. It really doesn’t matter if you are a new graduate or a seasoned employee, looking for a new job that is right for you can be stressful. But after reading this article, you can get the job you want in 7 steps.
Landing your dream job goes beyond reading motivational books every night, it takes a lot of self-awareness and evaluation, perseverance and creativity. In evaluating yourself, identify what makes you happy about work, is it the position, job functions, work environment, work culture, working hours or salary. Have a good idea what it means to you to have a dream job as the first step before you even start looking.
The first step as discussed is that you know what exactly you want, because you want to work there for a year for the paycheck and start looking for another job, because of the frustrations, so earnestly determine what your dream job is.
Now that we know what we are looking for, let’s look at the 7 keys that will unlock the door to your dream job.
How to get the job you want in 7 steps
1. Identify Your Skill Set
Many job seekers go out looking for jobs that fit their career goals, degree or diploma but career expert at Glassdoor, Scott Dobroski suggests that job seekers look at the skills required for effective productivity first before considering what your career goals are or what is written on your certificate.
Identify the skills you possess and relate it to the required skills for the position and then look for the position that matches your experience. Searching for jobs by focusing on your skills will end up expanding your search to jobs that you may not know exist.
2. Boost Your Personal Brand
Employers Googling the names of their potential employees is becoming a common practice in our world today. When employers Google search your name, what are they seeing? Are the results saying that you are good in doing whatever your resume claims you know how to do?
Your personal brand is your narrative, is it what other people say about you when you are not in the room. It covers both online and offline and you need to control it the best way you can so that employers will see you as a candidate even before they interview you.
Know that you have a lot of competitions from other job seekers with the same knowledge, skills, education and experience. Use social media platforms in a way that tells people what you are really about.
3. Build A Career-Specific Resume
A lot of job seekers pour all their experience and titles in one resume hoping that this will stir the interest of employers to pick them over the other candidates. But trust me, your employers don’t have the time to spend going through all that. This can even be the reason you may not get the interview not to talk about getting the job.
So even if you are applying for positions in the same industry, it’s a smart move to tailor your resume and your cover letter to match each specific job you are applying for. This gives you the competitive edge over other resumes that are generic.
4. Create A LinkedIn Profile Optimized For Job Searching
We are in a season where your LinkedIn profile is more important than your resume to many of the employers out there. Employers are no more satisfied with what your resume says about you, they want to see how visible you are and how you have achieved what your resume says about you. A LinkedIn profile allows you to be visible and gives you the edge over other candidates.
It is not enough just to create a LinkedIn account, it needs to be strong and well optimized so that you send a signal to your employer on how serious you are about your career. When you are thinking of your LinkedIn profile, think about your personal branding and how you can continuously polish your profile to put yourself ahead of other candidates.
5. Look For The Best Options
Before you start applying for every job opening, it is best to go a step further and do a little background search on the company, the position and employees to have an idea of what values they promote, to get a sense of their working environment. If you know anyone working there or a past employee, connect with them and get to know their perspectives on working there.
You really don’t want to just accept any position or work just anywhere. Consider your happiness and career goals when applying for a job, look for the best options and choose them so that when you are given the position, you can deliver to expectations.
6. Don’t Copy And Paste Your Resume As Your Cover Letter
Your cover letter gives you the opportunity to articulate who you are and why you are the best fit for the position, it should not be an extra copy of your resume. The contents of your cover letter should provide hiring managers with detailed background information on what you have been doing, the achievements and the lessons and experiences you have gathered as a career person.
It should also come with a call to action at the end telling the employer you are expecting to hear from them, this tells the employer how interested you are in the position.
7. Prepare For An Interview
This is the final step and mostly, this determines if you would be called back for the job or not. Having a great resume and visibility is good but when you get the opportunity to sit in front of your employers to tell them about yourself and why they should give you the dream job, you better nail it.
To learn how to prepare and ace the interview for your dream job, read our article on “A Guide To Interviews” which talks about;
1. Examining the job description
2. Knowing your employer
3. Preparing common interview questions and answering them
4. Preparing a number of thoughtful questions for your employers
5. And how you should dress to kill.
I want to conclude on the adage that who you know matters, now, it is even who knows you. Because companies will always give special treatments when you are referred by someone they know.
So it is important to know someone, building a strong network of people can easily earn you your dream job or get you closer than what you may have on your Resume.