Land Your Dream Job
Okay. So you might not be able to get that dream job right off the bat. However, there are things you can do on the job hunt that can bring you closer to landing a job and eventually the job that you really want. The economy is bad and getting worse. Competition within the job market is high, making it extra hard to land a job. Any edge that you can give yourself will go a long way to helping you be the one to get that job.
I have reluctantly interviewed and fired a lot of people over the years. I can say I hate doing interviews probably as much or even more as the people who are being interviewed. It is a drag. As an employer, I often felt that people were just lying and that there was little point to the interview process. However, job interviews and being interviewed is something that we all have to go through at some time. We have to suck it up and go through the motions over and over to finally land a job. This article gives you tips to be the one to land that interview.
Increase Your Chances for an Interview
- Use a professional email for your job search. People with tony’swifey or freakyone as there email addresses will rarely get a reply from perspective employers. Believe me, I have received plenty of applications from emails like the above to make it worth the time to actually mention this tip as important. I never bother to open the emails from addresses like these to read the application or cover letter. Silly email addresses make you seem slack about your job hunt, causing you to appear that you will be a careless employee if hired. You have to be ever vigilant on presenting yourself to a perspective employer in the most positive way, especially in a competitive job market. Save silly email addresses for your personal life and get a simple email address with your name or some version of your name for your employment searches.
- Follow up phone calls are okay but avoid harassment. It is tempting when you are desperate for a job to go too far in your follow-up efforts. A simple phone call to ask if your application has been received is okay. Sometimes applications get lost or forgotten. A reminder is appropriate to let the employer know you are still interested. Calling every hour on the hour is not appropriate. After your initial follow-up call, calling once a week to see if the position is still available is okay in order to both see if the opportunity is still there and also to let the employer know you are interested. Often times the initial hirer does not work out. Your follow-up phone calls could put you next in line.
- Value your professional friends. Getting a job is often about whom you know. Professional friends and people who are in your field can give you leads on available job opportunities before they become public knowledge. If you are asking friends to hook you up with job contacts, than you must follow up. People are taking the time to find you job opportunities, so you have to apply for them. Disrespecting your professional friends by not following up makes you appear flakey. Your contacts will feel slighted and see you as someone not serious about looking for a job. They will not connect you to future opportunities. You want your professional friends to continue to support your efforts, and you never know when you might need them in the future. One opportunity often leads to another. So, respond to every lead, every contact and every referral to land that interview.
How to Get Your Foot in the Door of Where You Really Want to Be
You do have to work your way up in the world. Very rarely can we all start off doing what we want to do right away. It takes hard work and perseverance to achieve success. There are some stepping-stones to help you work at the place or within a field that you really feel is for you.
- Think about volunteering or taking a part-time position just to get your foot in the door. People can only know what you can do if they know you. Get some experience in your field or within the company. Do a good job. Present yourself as someone that wants more responsibility and as someone who is dependable and reliable.
- If the place you want to work absolutely has no job openings or volunteer opportunities, ask them to keep you in mind if any job opportunities do come up. Crises and emergencies happen all the time and in a jam they just might go to you first as someone who has already expressed an interest in the company. Perseverance is the key. Develop the skills that you will need for your desired job. Get to know the company you want to work for by doing research and networking with current employees. Let the company know that you want to help make the business a success and present yourself as someone who has taken the time to develop the skills that will help you aid the business. Show yourself as someone who wants to help and ask how you can help – many employers will find this attitude refreshing especially in this recession/depression. This technique can help you develop a relationship with the company that could ultimately land you a job.
- The most important thing to do is to keep at your efforts to get that job. Finding a job is a lot of work even during the best of times. Don’t give up. Continue to send out resumes, network and hone your skills.