Landing Your Dream Job in 2014

Monday 30 December, 2013
Image Photo Credit: Whether you want to work for a particular company or you want a new career in a certain type of job, landing the interview is always going be the first obstacle. No matter how much you want a role, you need to stand out as the best candidate in the eyes of the hiring manager.  Here are the steps you need to follow to help you improve your chances of scoring the job you've had your eyes on:

Show interest.

Provide details about your strengths, credentials and the value you can bring to the organisation in your application. It's useful to conduct some background research on the employer or the most appropriate contact so that you can establish some connection or a relationship with them.

Prove your strengths

Be clear about your best qualities and be prepared with stories to demonstrate each of them to add weight to you claims. For example, if leadership is one of your best qualities, you might want to tell the interviewer how you excelled by taking charge with a particular project you worked on at another job.

Clean up your Facebook page.

Remember, in this day and age, it's easy to simply Google somebody to find out more about them before it's time to meet.  Hiring managers will often check out the Facebook profiles of candidates just to get an idea about their personality.

Increase your online activity in jobs networks.

Even more important than Facebook, is your profile and activity on jobs networks that center on your professional network. The potential employer would want to know who you know and how the company can benefit from that. Keep your profile up to date and be sure to post and add connections once in a while so you show up in activity feeds once in a while.

Network for insider contacts

It may be a cliché but it's often true that career development is more about who you know than what you know. Look deeper into your current network to see if you can find some relation to the job or company you want to get into. That means looking beyond your direct friends and family members to find out who they might know.

Never give up

The most piece of advice for landing the job of your dreams is to keep at it. Ask any successful person and they will tell you they failed many times before achieving something substantial or reaching their ultimate goal. If you've been rejected, don't be afraid to send polite and subtle reminders of your interest once in a while to secure your spot at the top of the list once it's time to hire again. - The OneShift Blog
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