Land That Dream Job
How to get that goal
There’s unlikely to be few feelings worse than getting up miserable at the beginning of the week because you have to go do a job you hate. Here are some ways to avoid that and land your dream job so you never have to suffer from a case of the Monday morning blues again.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Begin by working out your strengths and weaknesses and identifying where your strengths could be best placed and your weaknesses could be worked on. Start researching early and work out exactly what you need to succeed in that particular profession. If you need a certain qualification, then pursue it or if being multilingual is
helpful, then take up some language classes. Keep doing these extras until you are at a competitive advantage.
Another key thing is to do as much work experience in your chosen field. In the beginning, try and take every opportunity which is offered to you. Unfortunately, the vast majority of it tends to be unpaid at this level but perhaps spend some time researching grants and trusts who can help offer financial assistance for young people wanting to pursue a specific career.
Don’t wait for opportunities to come knocking on your door though, you have to go and create them for yourself. For example, if you want to work in film, ask your relatives if you can shoot their wedding video. Keep going until you feel like you have enough experience to apply for work experience. Apply, apply and apply some more. Use every job search website, sign up for lesser known websites which feature placements for young people, make sure you’re on LinkedIn and have relevant connections to your industry in case they post anything suitable for you and just keep going. Yes, it can be demotivating when every email you receive begins with “Dear...., I regret to inform you,” but as long as you persevere then that email is guaranteed to begin with a note of congratulations instead.
Keep things in Perspective
However when you are applying don’t forget to keep doing with the smaller level jobs until you finally come to a breakthrough. Don’t be put off by well reputed organisations either. The people in their most likely had to begin like this too so you have every chance of getting in but you do need to keep in mind just how competitive it can become and not become demoralised if you don’t make it the first time. Instead, keep going until you do.
You should also make sure to have a really strong cover letter and CV. It’s likely that you’ve heard conflicting advice when it comes to these documents so choose what you think would be most appropriate for the role which you are applying to so just ensure you use your common sense. If you’re applying to a writing role, make sure that your writing skills shine through if it’s a graphic design role then make it creative. The cover letter is
also an underrated tool whereby you can express your passion for the role you are applying for. Whilst the temptation is to use a generic one, the more you later it to what you are applying for then the more likely it is to be considered.
Keep Things Fresh
You should also make sure you have an up to date LinkedIn profile and connect with the right people within the industry. In fact, all of your social media should be up to date and made recruiter friendly. If you need to make another account, then do that. Additionally, if appropriate, have a portfolio of your work online which you can link to so that recruiters can familiarise themselves with your work.
Secure that Dream Job
If you do all of these things, then you are likely to be on your way to securing your dream job but remember that there are no short cuts and perseverance is the key to success.