Whether you are just out of school and looking for your very first job, a seasoned professional tackling the next rung on the career ladder or someone looking for a career change in later life, getting a job can sometimes be tough. With more and more people earning a degree or vocational qualifications, there is a lot more competition, even for specialized jobs and it can be hard to get noticed. Here are 5 top tips to help you to secure your dream job without getting lost in among all the other applicants.
Fine Tune Your Resume
Recruiters have piles of resumes on their desk. Sometimes hundreds just for one position. So, it’s important that you find ways to get yours to the top of that pile and remembered. There is a lot of conflicting advice out there on how your resume should look and what you should include, and it’s true that sometimes it depends on your level of experience, but here are some tips to help you get it right:
- Include relevant experience. Some people will tell you not to add that babysitting job you had when you were 14, but if you are applying for a job working with children or you don’t have any other experience, put it on. If you’ve been working for 10 years, leave it off.
- Include hobbies and interests that display positive personality traits.
- Have clear Resume Sections. Don’t just write in paragraphs, divide things into sections such as work experience, interests, education and key skills.
- Keep it short. Your Resume should never go over two sides of A4.
- Include a cover letter. This is your place to sell yourself and explain how your skills and experience are relevant to the job.
Networking is a great head start when it comes to getting a job. Ask for introductions if you know anyone in the industry you wish to work. Follow companies on social media and send them a message. Attend events and jobs fairs and make sure you some resumes or business cards
Make the First Move
Remember, you don’t have to wait for a job to be advertised to apply. When networking, get to know people and keep in touch. If you hear someone is leaving, get in contact with management and gently inquire. What have you got to lose?
A good first impression can make the world of difference. Make sure you are clean and tidy, your clothes are pressed, that you stand straight and tall and have a smile on your face. Sometimes it’s the little details people remember, so take a good look at yourself before networking, handing in a resume or going for an interview.
Do Your Research
In an interview, it looks fantastic if you know a little about the company beyond the job you are applying for. You don’t need to learn their whole history, just some facts you can slip into the conversation. This is a sure way to get yourself remembered and show that you are someone who is willing to go the extra mile.
Follow these tips, and you are sure to be starting that dream job in no time. Good luck!