How to land your dream job much faster
If you are unemployed or working at a job that you don’t love, one of your top priorities at the moment should be looking for that dream job. According to a poll done by Gallup, over 85% of the world’s employed population don’t love their jobs. So, if you are at a job that you don’t love, you are not alone. However, you can do something about it by taking the right steps towards getting that dream job.
At 50JobMarket, we help people get fulfilling jobs, but you will also have to put in the effort if you want to get the job. In this article, I will share everything you need to know to get your dream job faster. Let’s dive in!
Have the right skills
One of the very first things you need to do before you even start looking for your dream job is to identify the vital skills that are required for that job. Once you know the required skills, you can then go ahead and start practicing or learning these skills every day. For instance, if you want to be a developer at one of the big tech startups, you need to be good at several programming languages.
In this kind of scenario, you have to challenge yourself to write code every day and solve computer programing problems that are in line with the companies you intend to work for. This kind of approach will make you prepared and confident about getting a job in your dream companies.
You don’t need to be perfect.
Even the most talented computer programmers at Google or Apple were not hired with the kind of skills they have today. Yes, skills matter during the hiring process, but your attitude and mindset play a vital role too. So, please don’t wait till you perfect the skills required at your dream job before you start hunting for it; get started now.
While you are trying to improve your skills, do it as you search for the job. You can always use our platform to search for the kind of jobs you need as you perfect your skills. Most of these companies don’t need the most skilled workers, but those who have the right attitude and are willing to grow their skills daily.
Don’t be desperate
One of the mistakes you need to avoid while looking for your dream job is being so desperate. If you are lucky to be employed already, stay committed to the job you currently have as you search for your desired one. But even if you currently don’t have a job, don’t be so desperate because you may end taking the wrong path that could deviate you from your desired career goals.
One of the easiest ways to avoid being desperate is by writing down your game plan on paper and then determine what you can do every day to execute it. While planning, you need to focus on the factors that are within your control. So, your focus should be on things like improving your skills every day and taking time to check out the available job opportunities on 50JobMarket. If you are short-listed for an interview, you also need to plan how best you will go about it.
Don’t forget the soft skills.
One of the mistakes we often make is assuming that our technical skills alone will help us get the dream job we want. However, soft skills like time management, effective communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and stress management are very crucial when it comes to getting the job you need. If you have a challenge with an essential soft skill that will likely be required at your dream job, take time to see how best you can improve in that area.
For instance, most jobs today require teamwork, so if you are not good at working with other people, you will likely not be successful at that job. The vital point to note here is that soft skills are equally important as technical skills, so try to balance the two.
Outsmart the resume-reading robots
In this era, there are high chances that the first reader of your resume is a robot and not a human being. While writing your resume that you intend to submit to one of the companies you might have found on our platform, you need to know what the robots are usually looking for while sorting the resumes.
While writing your resume and cover letter, you need to make sure all the keywords in the job description show up as frequently as possible. Most resume-reading robots are programmed to look for specific keywords and the resumes missing these keywords are often not considered.
Most of these keywords are usually related to the required educational background and working experience. For instance, if one of the requirements for the job is three years of experience, make sure the “the three years’ experience’ phrase appears in your resume or cover letter. So, before you start updating your resume and cover letter, carefully read the job description and note down these keywords.
Have a story
Hiring managers love it when someone talks about their experience and skills through an exciting story about themselves. For instance, if you are asked to explain how you would handle a particular problem at your new job, you can start by telling an interesting story about how you dealt with a similar problem at your previous job or internship.
This kind of approach will make you look smart in front of your interviewers and will obviously put you ahead of the competition. While telling your story, it is vital to make it brief because you won’t be given hours to share your long story most of the time. It is also crucial not to fabricate stories because it will be straightforward for your interviewers to know whether you are telling the truth or not.
Do enough preparations for the job interview.
One of the most likely hurdles you will have to overcome before landing that dream job is an interview. It is very rare for anyone to hire you without giving you a job interview to assess whether you are the most suitable choice for the job. No matter how smart or skilled you are, you will likely be dropped if you don’t present yourself as the best candidate at an interview.
So, as you work on your skills (both technical and soft), it very important to think of your next job interview and how best you will handle it. Below are some of the tips you can use to prepare for your next job interview
Tip #1: Do in-depth research about the company
I am sure you have heard about this tip before, and I have made it the number 1 tip for a good reason. Companies love it when a candidate knows a lot about them. While doing your research, try to read about the company’s background, values, previous milestones, products/services they offer to the market, upcoming projects, etc.
Having all this information at the back of your mind will make most of the questions much easier for you to answer. For instance, if you are asked about what you will contribute to the company, your answer needs to be phrased based on the company goals and what it intends to achieve in both the short and long term. When you package your answers in this format, it will elevate your chances of getting the job.
Tip #2: Reread your resume
One of the worst mistakes you can ever make at any job interview is contradicting the information on your resume. The best way to avoid such a mistake is always to be honest while writing the resume and reread it before attending the interview. While talking about your educational background and working experience, all the information you share should sync with your resume.
Tip #3: Use facts and figures to talk about yourself
It much easier when you share your achievements in terms of figures and facts that can be verified. For instance, if you were an operations manager at your previous job, you can share with the interviewers how you reduced operations costs by a certain percentage. This approach is way better than simply telling them that you reduced operating costs without providing any metrics.
While doing your preparations, try to find these figures and have them at the back of your mind before heading for the job interview. It is also essential to make sure the facts and figures you share are true and, if asked, present the interviewers with evidence for each and every fact you share during the interview session.
Tip #4: Be prepared for challenging questions
It is rare to go for an interview where you won’t have to answer questions whose answers you don’t know. So, as you prepare, you need to make yourself ready to answer challenging questions. Your interviewers also know that some of the questions they will ask are a bit challenging, but all they want to see is how you handle such questions.
For instance, if you are asked about a technical question that you don’t have answers for, you can start by admitting that you don’t know the correct answers and then go ahead and share thoughts about the topic they have asked you about or something related. The way you handle such questions is enough to show the interviewer your problem-solving skills and creativity. The idea is to have something to say about each question they ask you; don’t look clueless.
Tip #5: Have stable internet and a good webcam
In this era, virtual interviews are becoming more common than ever before, so there are higher chances that your next job interview will be a virtual one. Having unstable internet during a job interview may ruin your chances of getting your dream job because most interviewers may not have a lot of patience to wait for you whenever the internet buffers.
After confirming the time and date for your interview, the next logical thing is to ensure you have a good internet connection and a reliable web camera device. The best way to avoid last-minute panicking is to set up your device and internet a couple of hours ahead of time and testing whether they are good enough to handle an hour-long interview.
Tip #6: Prepare some questions as well
Most of the time, interviewers will request you to ask them one or two questions if you have any. As you prepare for the interview, you can write about three interesting questions to ask them. It is best if you made sure these questions are in line with your job about the company.
For instance, one of the questions you can ask about is the size of the team you will be working with. While preparing the questions, make sure you avoid including those whose answers are already answered in the job description. This will require you to thoroughly read the job description to avoid messing up.
Tip #7: Rehearse
One of the best ways you can prepare for your job interview is by rehearsing how you will answer the potential questions you might be asked. You can even consider using your friend or family member as the interviewer and then answer all the questions they ask you, just like you would in an actual job interview. This practice is very crucial, more so if you are going for your very first job interview.
As we have seen above, getting your dream job will become a lot easier when you do enough preparations ahead of time. The most important thing is to consistently prepare as you search for potential employers using our job search functionality. As we have shared in one of the points, it is crucial to avoid being desperate during the process and focus more on the factors you can influence and less on those you don’t have control over.