How to Land Your Dream Job

Landing a dream job is like make a good sale – it has to follow a system and you need to approach it like a professional.

Summaries this process in 5 rules:

*Focus

*Bring your A Game

*Be Visible

*Be on LinkedIn

*Be Aware of Your Google Information

These 5 rules are very helpful if you want to give yourself the chance to land your dream job. Job hunting is not as easy as having the right skills and experience. It’s a process that only works well if done right. For this reason, we have put together a list of 3 easy steps:

 

Step 1: Focus On Skills & Achievements

Think of your CV, cover letter and job application as the key that opens the door to your dream job. It’s your only chance to make a first impression. Most people make a few common mistakes their CVs, that prevent them from being short-listed for interviews.

Common CV mistakes:

task orientated rather than achievement and skills orientated

document has spelling mistakes

CV lacks clear display of skills and experience relevant to the role (at least transferable skills)

job history unexplained employment gaps

These are only a few of the mistakes that job hunters make, but certainly the most common and detrimental. If you take one action from this step, do this:

Make your CV about what you achieved at your previous jobs, what skills you applied and learned (and only refer to relevant skills for the job you are applying for.

The same concept applies for your cover letter and job application. Instead of telling your future employer everything you did for the past few years, focus on what you achieved and how you can bring that knowledge and experience into your new role. Be relevant, write in plain English and always focus on skills & achievements.

 

Step 2 – Become A Sales Person

Job hunting is like direct-selling. You have a service that you are looking to sell to a company. This service includes your knowledge and expertise. Your aim is to get the company to make you an offer on your services, sign a contract and start paying you.

Sales Scenario

Let’s look at the following sales scenario:

Virgin Media offer home broadband, and when they sell their services they focus on 3 things:

why they are the best in their field

why it will benefit you

why they are the best choice

They achieve this with statements such as:

We are the Best Broadband Provider Winner for 2015

You don’t need to take a phone line with us or anyone else

We’ve got the fastest average widely available broadband download speeds

This campaign was listed as example only, and you can check it at the Virgin Media website.

You can follow the same process when you sell your services. Tell your new employer why you are the best (by listing achievements from your previous jobs). Clearly state what you can bring to their company and make it obvious why you stand out from the competition. The latter could be an extra course you took, a transferable skill you have or a passion that is driving you to achieve more.

 

Step 3 – Do Your Research

Unless the company you are applying for is a mainstream brand or simply somewhere you always wanted to work, you probably know very little about it. You know this and they company knows it too. However, before you send a cover letter and attend an interview, ensure to do your research. This is your chance to prove that you are a quick learner, interested to make a difference at the company. Find common values and exciting facts about them and be prepared to discuss your research in an interview.

The job market is very competitive and even if you follow the 3 steps above, you might still face competition. If you want to give yourself the best chance, I have one more tip for you:

Work with a recruitment agency !!

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