No one wants to work a dead end job for their entire lives. Your career is a dynamic part of your sense of being, but getting a new job isn’t always easy.
There are many ways to land a job, but landing the perfect one requires even more effort than the norm. Do not fret, although the application process is daunting, the pay-off will be all worth it, literally.
- Show your stuff. Being confident in your work experience speaks volumes about not only what you can accomplish, but how confident you are in those accomplishments. This let’s employers know what you can bring to the table instead of only producing what they are asking for. Surprise your employers with a detailed example of how you can utilize your unique skills to boost their sales. Focusing on the natural skills and passions that drive you will make an employer feel as though you are natural fit.
- It’s not always what you know. Networking is key in career expansion! There are always friends and acquaintances that may either work in your field or know someone who works in your field. It is imperative to exhaust these options, and don’t be shy! You never know who is willing to help you reach your goal. Many jobs that are available will not be readily available on a job board or a company’s website; these hidden opportunities can lie within a good conversation with an old friend.
- Focus. It’s very easy to get caught up in the daily routine and forget to follow up on your job application. Put all of the energy that isn’t being used at your current job to finding the ideal position for yourself. There should be no down time spent watching the game or Mad Men if you know that you haven’t revised your cover letter, prepped for your interview, or applied to the job your friend just recommended you for. Ambition and focus go hand in hand, and no one wants to employ a lackluster candidate.
- Forget the job requirements. Don’t be discouraged by the word “preferred.” You may not have the dream resume, but your cover letter and effort will speak more than your experience. There are many times hiring managers will reach outside of their market to find candidates to fill a position, and you could just be one of them. Brand yourself in ways that the hiring manager may not have even thought of. Pretend you are more than qualified with the knowledge, skills and abilities you do have, and create the cover letter that speaks as though you had the job in a past life.
- Look the part! For every interview you walk into, you should be the most professionally dressed candidate. Never leave the house without your Carrington Case. This automatically sets you ahead of the game. If other candidates and employees stop to look at your attire, know that the manager is looking too. Dress to impress and indeed you will finesse.
Coupled with your usual efforts, landing your dream job is a matter of effort and ambition. You can accomplish more than you know and it all begins when you #carryeverything.