5 Tips & Tricks to Land Your Dream Job

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In 2018, it's hard enough to find any job, let alone a job that you love. Many of us were told as children that as long as we work hard and believe in ourselves, we can be anything we want to be. So, we couldn't help but dream big. This philosophy is true, to a point.

As we've matured, it's become apparent that more hard work is needed now than ever to accomplish those dreams. If you are dedicated, these tricks will help focus your hard work in the right direction. Soon, you'll be on your way to landing a position in the career you've always desired.

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Even if you have an education in your desired field, this is very important. Aim to be self-educated. Stay up-to-date not only on the hottest topics but also the details. Who are the main players in the industry? What are they accomplishing in the field? As you digest the literature, ask yourself, what do I have to offer? It's important to be vigilant of any opportunity for innovation. If you can improve on ideas and methods, you will show yourself to be an invaluable asset during the interview. Innovation is key.

Gain Experience

Depending on your career choice, there are many opportunities to gain experience outside of a paid position. It can seem daunting to work hard in an unpaid or temporary capacity, but through these experiences, you learn skills and knowledge that are essential to becoming the most qualified candidate. Look for opportunities in your local community to practice relevant skills and develop a better understanding of the industry you are attempting to enter. Further, if you gain volunteer experience, it demonstrates that you are passionate and your priority is not the paycheck, but personal growth and progress in the industry.

Establish an Online Presence

We are living in the 21st century, and the easiest way to access information and people is through the internet. Facebook and LinkedIn can be useful tools to network and to research other players in the industry. Instagram is a great way to establish your brand and spread ideas quickly and poignantly if you're good at making photos and captions harmonise. Twitter is fantastic to give your opinion on the current topics in your field and to have a voice. Make sure all of your social media uses a quality headshot and careful language. It could be your first impression to an employer, and you want to come across as knowledgeable, personable and professional. Social media gives you an opportunity to insert yourself into the conversations surrounding your field. Also, having a website isn't always necessary, but it never hurts. On a site, you can have your resume available to view as a PDF, introduce yourself more in-depth and even start an industry-based blog to illustrate your knowledge and ideas.

Network!

"It's not what you know, it's who you know." We've all heard that before. It's half true. Imagine you walk up to an important contact, and you don't know anything except for one topic related to your dream job. What kind of conversation would that be? Well, not a very good one. The contact would realise you're not very knowledgeable, and you would never hear from them again. You see, it is important to be well-educated. In this way, you can impress your contacts. But this only goes so far. There are a million other people who know the same facts. Give your insight and interpretations. Additionally, it's smart to ask: What can I do for you? If you can help someone with an issue in their life or their career, they will have you in mind when an opportunity comes up or feel compelled to help you when you need it. Network in-person more than you network online. Facebook and LinkedIn are a great way to continue contact with someone, but you should be attending conferences and meetings where you can make friends in high places.

Perfect Your Cover Letter & Resume

Plain resumes are becoming a thing of the past. Have a unique and tight design. It used to be frowned upon to have colour on your resume, and in some industries that still may be true, but intricately-designed with a splash of colour are becoming more common. The resume and cover letter should not contain the same information. Instead, they should complement one another. Your resume should only list hard skills, locations and descriptions of your education and work history as well as any community service you have completed. Your cover letter should not restate this information. It should describe your soft skills and explain how your resume and personality will benefit the employer. It's important to customise each cover letter in a way that shows the employer you have done your research about them. Use confident language: You know you're the best fit for the job! Once you successfully follow these steps and apply them, you're bound to get interview offers.

Here are a few bonus tips on how to make a great first impression:

  1. Keep a copy of your resume as a reference and bring extra.

  2. Bring a notebook to keep notes as the conversation progresses.

  3. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have/are applying for.

  4. Smile and be courteous.

  5. Take your time when answering questions. Employers appreciate well-thought-out answers. Try not to blurt out anything to fill the silence.

  6. Do not make promises you can't keep, but sell who you are and what you have to offer.

  7. Refer to this article. Use these steps to motivate you.

  8. Have faith in yourself. You are good enough to have the career your 5-year-old self-dreamed for you.

    You have to keep pushing forward and show the world that you're not going anywhere. Happy job hunting!