10 Steps To Land In Your Dream Job
Looking for a new job can be so time consuming that it can become a job in itself. Here’s our advice on the key things to need to do to make your job hunt. To help you get a leg up, We spoke with job-market experts in different capacities for the most up-to-date job hunting advice and guidance for 2016 and came up with the following suggestions:
1 KNOW YOUR SKILL AND STRENGTHS:
- The first step in a successful job search is to think about what you want to do and how well your skills, values, and interest align with the expectations of the job.
- Determine if you need to gain any additional skill sets or experiences to make you more competitive in the job search process.
- Find out more about jobs that interest you by going online or talking to people in the industry. You will find this will either add to your interest or you may decide ‘it’s not for you after all”
2 PREPARE IMMACULATE RESUME
- A resume is a very important tool in your job search. It is your advertising brochure and you need to be well prepared.
- The most effective way to prepare your resume is to store the Word version electronically (USB, PC or disk) so it can be easily modified or updated.
- You will need to have a master resume that you will later change for each specific job.
- Work on writing your cover letters.
- Be prepared to submit a personal statement or for letters of recommendation if requested.
- Review your social media accounts (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, twitter) to make sure the image you present online is representative of how you want to be seen by prospective internship sites.
3 USE YOUR NETWORK AND MONITOR SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE
- Employers and job seekers affirm that networking is the most powerful tool you can use to find a job. Many opportunities are filled by candidates known by the employer through networking contacts.
- Your networking contacts can also help you fine-tune your documents before you submit them for consideration.
4 RESEARCH JOB OPPORTUNITY ON BASED YOUR SKILL
- Focus your job search by identifying prospective employers by field of interest and/or geographic area.
- Jobs database – look up jobs to find out their entry requirements and your job chances
5 ADAPT YOUR REQUIREMENT AND SHORTLIST JOB
- Gather your supporting documents together electronically on a USB stick and in hard copy format.
- In addition to submitting applications electronically or via mail, you might also try attending a Job Fair.
- Keep a record of all of your contacts and job search details. It helps to organize these into a job search contact list.
6 KEEP AN EYE ON NETWORKS, DATES AND INFORMATION
- An organizational system will help you keep track of your network of contacts, dates, and follow up information. Examples of things to track are: jobs you applied for, dates you applied for the job and when to make follow up contact, dates/times of interviews, names of people to network with, dates of follow up contact made, and weekly or monthly goals.
- Following up after you have submitted your application can be helpful.
- If the organization has requested “no calls” or “no emails,” follow their instructions. Be patient.
7 PRACTICING AND BE READY FOR INTERVIEW
- Even if you’ve been successful in interviewing for college admission, fellowships, and summer work/service, this is a different type of interview. Practice, practice, practice!
- Some interviews might also require you to do a Presentation.
- Make sure you have the appropriate Professional Attire.
- Many interviews will also involve a meal, so make sure you brush up on your Dining Etiquette.
8 ATTEND INTERVIEW AND TAKE FOLLOW UP
- Following up with an employer after an interview or even after submitting your application is something many job seekers are reluctant to do because they think it could be viewed as pestering. However, if done professionally, following up can demonstrate your enthusiasm and interest. If the organization has requested “no calls” or “no emails,” follow their instructions.
- Be patient. For most employers, jobs take months to fill; what may feel like a very long time to wait for you, may be lightning speed for an organization.
9 DEALING WITH JOB OFFER – NEGOTIATE/ACCEPT
- You may want to create a list of pros and cons to help you determine if the job is a good fit for what you want to be doing
- Dealing with job offers and negotiating employment contracts – more tips and advice
10 LEARN ETIQUETTE AND BEING SUCCESSFUL AT WORKPLACE
- Learn more about Workplace Etiquette and Professional Attire.
Wish You All Good Luck For Your Job Search