I bet there is a job out there that is perfect for you, only the company is question doesn’t know it yet. Millions of people waste their life away in a job they hate and you don’t have to be one of them, but how will you land your dream job in the first place.
If you send your resume away and they don’t get back to you it’s going to hurt, so we’re going to look at some of the things you should think about before sending yours in. We’ll even look at a sneaky tactic that could help get you in through the back door.
What do you have to offer?
A potential employer doesn’t want to know what skills you have. Everyone else who is applying for the job will probably have the same skills and you need a way to stand out. Ask yourself how your skills will benefit them because that is what they really want to know. How will you be able to use your skills in order to make them more money? If you can’t tell them this you can be sure someone else will and it will be them with the job offer when all is said and done.
Don’t show too much enthusiasm
Just because you’re applying for your perfect job doesn’t mean you need to tell them this. When you start talking about how excited you are to work for them do you know what they’ll be thinking? They won’t want to give the job to someone who sees it as a big opportunity because they’ll be taking a risk. They want someone who expects this kind of job because they have the skills and experience to become an asset to the company.
Leave your life story out of it
If you really want this job because it’s perfect you have to realize hundreds of other people will feel the same way. They will all be sending in their resume which means someone at the company is going to have their work cut out for them. They’re going to be a little annoyed when they get to your one and it takes them an hour to read. It will probably go straight in the bin, so leave out everything that doesn’t need to be there.
Go the extra mile
The world would be a happy place if everyone landed their dream job, but unfortunately these opportunities don’t land in our lap. We all have to go out and work for them, which could mean preparing yourself before you even apply. If you want to work in a certain industry and you don’t have any experience you might need to get some. If you can mention on your resume that you’ve volunteered or interned in the industry you will blow your fellow candidates out of the water.
Try to get on the inside
They say it’s who you know and not what you know. Sometimes they’re completely right. These days you can find anyone on the internet, so there is nothing stopping you from looking on a site like LinkedIn and finding someone who already works for the company. You can ask them some questions about how to impress with your resume. You might even end up with a recommendation, so it’s definitely not a technique to be sneezed at.
Now go and do it
Think carefully about what we’ve covered because you’ll stand a much better chance of landing your perfect job. Don’t rush into anything because you don’t want to make any mistakes, but when you’re ready you should do it. Just remember that sometimes dreams do come true.
Today’s feature writer, Kevin Wright, is an employee at IN-Fusion Management, which specializes in recruitment solutions in Melbourne, Victoria. His hobbies include cooking and travelling to exotic places.