Landing at your dream job is, indeed, a dream for many people. But it remains a dream unless you start working on it.
There are countless ideas on how to land your dream job, but choosing the way to start is sometimes confusing. To keep things in trouble-free perspective, start thinking about what employers want. Bosses and employees are human just like you, so this won’t be a difficult thing to do.
1. Always present your qualities in a concise manner
Employers always expect something from prospective applicants, which they try to find out via resumes and interviews. But they don’t have the luxury of reading a 4-page-resume along with a 2-page cover-letter for 30 minutes; make it easier for them by revamping your resume in a concise time-saving way, and filling it with info that employers need.
2. Don’t be a negative person
Improve chances by having a positive attitude – that is in-scale with reality. Negative people (also known as skeptics) tend to spend most of their time worrying when they face challenges, while positive people worry less and do more.
It all starts with positive thinking; about yourself, the present situation and your future situation. Positive people can accomplish more things and are happier in their jobs compared to negative-thinkers. Also positive thinkers look at obstacles as challenges, while negative thinkers look at challenges as obstacles. You will a much better chance at success with the mind-set of the former.
If you were a business owner, would you want negative-thinking people to work for you? Since employers are partial towards positive thinkers, keep in mind that there needs to be a balance, you don’t have to be a ‘yes-man’ all the time.
3. Be knowledgeable
Take classes that will put you closer to your dream job. If you dream of being a photographer, take up photography courses and put your collection online for everyone to see. Continuing education is also a factor that will help you increase your salary, so don’t take it for granted.
Take up proficiency tests, relevant seminars and workshops in your free time, not only it will improve your chances of landing your dream a job, it will also increase your know-how so you won’t appear like a rookie in interviews.
In my opinion, as long as they are related to your dream job, any extracurricular activities and unique continuing education certifications look more impressive on a resume than a Masters degree. And it’s much cheaper to obtain!
4. Create relevant work history
If your dream job is a completely different line of work than what you are currently doing, then you have to create relevant work history. The fastest and easiest way to do this is to freelance on websites like elance.com or odesk.com. Sure you’ll be working at a reduced rate, but the payoff in the end is an increased chance that your resume will lead to an interview at your dream job. Also, you’ll have earned exceptional client-management skills and real-world experience which can pay off handsomely.
5. Clean up your image online
Never assume that older people don’t know how to use Facebook; many employers seek information from prospective employees using social networking sites. Online presence is very important today because a few clicks and key strokes will yield information on any person.
Make it easier for employers to see or find information about you! If you spend lots of time in Facebook and Twitter posting trivial photos and nonsense jokes, make it worthwhile by updating educational attainment, career highlights and positive experiences. Clean your accounts of discriminating evidence of bad behavior (you know what I am talking about).
Also, in your online profiles make it clear you are business first. Of the two, would you hire the Twitter bio that read “dog-lover pining for Paris” or the one that read “Senior Account Mgr, Paris expert, and dog aficionado.” Both say the same thing, but one clearly stands out as professional.
6. Learn to fare well in bad times
Perseverance is also important in job-hunting and career advancement, because there will be times when things get difficult; like when you’ve sent hundreds of resumes without receiving a decent reply, or if you’re rejected in all of your interviews.
Take a look at the bigger picture, you are trying to live your dream! There is nothing wrong with that. If your dream interview didn’t land you the gig the first time, follow up 3-6 months later and check in on that job you didn’t get. Express your interest again and inform them what you have accomplished since you last spoke. And repeat until they either hire you or refer you to their competitor so you’ll leave them alone. Either way, just keeping at it is the best thing you can do!
EDITOR’S NOTE: First off, I can’t agree more with the difference BEING POSITIVE makes. People want to feel GOOD around you and the more they do, the more they’ll be on your side with whatever it is you’re working towards! And secondly, that Facebook/Twitter image stuff is no joke either. People get fired (and not hired) left and right cuz of crazy stuff people put online… If you still wanna be all feisty with your friends and what not – that’s fine, just create a separate, more hidden, account and do it there – but leave your main one drama-free! Unless you’re applying as a blogger somewhere (we tend to like that kinda stuff), it’s not good when employers dig it up ;) Thanks for the post, Alan!
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