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Finding Your Dream Job

People are constantly in pursuit of a dream job.  A dream job is one that fulfills you, energises you, motivates you and helps you pursue your passion. For most of you, getting a dream job is your life’s ultimate goal. However, getting there is a path riddled with several roadblocks. With constantly changing economic markets, bills to pay and debts to clear, landing the perfect job maybe a daunting prospect. But that shouldn’t stop you from going after what you want. With a goal in mind and unwavering determination, success cannot be too far.

Getting a dream job can be an arduous process. A process that requires healthy doses of confidence, focus and persistence. As difficult and intimidating as getting a dream may sound, with adequate planning and preparation you can get off with a good start. Read on for our top tips on landing your dream job.

Self-exploration

Self-exploration is the process of identifying personal skills, interests and values and is the basis for planning a successful career. Research shows that most people who work in careers that are closely aligned to their interests tend to be more satisfied with their jobs. Knowing what you like to do and where you see yourself is very important in finding your dream job. Self-exploration can take many forms be it through intermittent introspection, feedback from your peers or a thorough self-criticism. The Internet also aids you with a plethora of tests that enable you to identify with key aspects of your personality.

Research job roles

Research plays a vital role in identifying career paths or industries that align with your interests, skills and values. At this stage it is extremely important to create a job description. Being specific about the designation you are aiming for helps you narrow down the scope of your search and find that one ideal job that best suit your interests. Look up for job opportunities on job search engines. Go over job roles and descriptions and shortlist all the companies that pique your interest. Find adequate information about skills and experience required for a specific designation. This enables you to enhance your skill sets according requirements of the job you are after. Knowing your dream job is half the battle. The next step involves preparing yourself to chase after it.

Set realistic goals

Set realistic, manageable and attainable career goals. For instance, you may not be able to land your dream job on your very first attempt. You might have to work your way through several jobs before you stumble upon the ideal one. Your goals must be measurable and quantifiable. Set deadlines for your goals. This not only displays commitment but also puts your goal into context. Invest a reasonable amount of time in attaining each and every goal. Every goal you achieve gets you a step closer to your dream job.

Create an online persona

Most companies analyse the online presence of prospective employees on a variety of social media platforms before giving them a job offer. Recruiters often screen your personality to determine if you can fit in well with the organisation in terms of your attitude and interests. Surveys have often shown that ‘personality fit’ is one of the primary reasons why one candidate is chosen over the other. Recruiters prefer candidates whose core values fit well with the company’s culture. Revealing your personality on social media sites can help attract and retain the attention of your target company. You must be cognizant of your social presence and constantly update it in order to demonstrate your uniqueness to companies. Your online presence can be used as an effective marketing tool to help you land your dream job.

Network with employees of your target companies

Networking is an important ingredient in the recipe of success. Recruiters attach a lot of importance to personal referrals. Referral-based networking is considered as one of the most efficient techniques for building a strong network. In today’s aggressive and competitive job markets, companies receive a large number of resumes. Recruiters have to go through hundreds of applications before shortlisting a few prospective candidates. In such situations recruiters attach importance to referrals to help them shortlist applicants. Hence, having personal connections with people working in target companies can be very helpful especially when they agree to refer you to the recruiter or help you get your resume in the right hands. Always remember that your network is your asset, so the larger your network, the better.

Create a flawless resume

A resume is like the backbone of your job application. A flawless resume helps in setting a positive first impression and attracting the recruiter’s attention. Studies show that recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds before they decide whether an applicant is fit for a job. The goal is to make your resume stand out from the lot. Therefore, a considerable amount of time and effort must be spent on crafting a perfect resume. Your resume should be a compelling document highlighting your qualifications, achievements and previous job experiences succinctly. Highlight any special skill sets, volunteer work, awards and recognition to make it more appealing. Your resume should be written in manner that makes you look like an indispensable candidate for the company.

Prepare well before an interview

Interviews can make or break your attempt at landing your dream job. The prospect of a job-interview can be intimidating and it is natural to get nervous. Preparing yourself for an interview can help you calm your nerves. Do a thorough background research of the company’s goals and objectives, core values, products and services, target market and competition before attending a job interview. This kind of knowledge can help you frame strong answers. Keep in mind that first impressions count a lot. Therefore it is pertinent that you present yourself immaculately. Dress smart, be groomed, maintain eye contact, remain calm and composed, be astute, listen attentively and answer cleverly. Most importantly be very aware of your body language. Following interview etiquettes can help you create a positive and a lasting impression on recruiters.

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