How to get your dream job
Landing a dream job is competitive, so how can you lift your chances of getting the one you want?
BY FRAN MOLLOY
You’ve seen your future and it is “That Job”. You can already picture yourself in their office, surrounded by the perfect colleagues as you calmly resolve all their pressing needs. There’s just one minor problem: how to get your dream job?
Dream jobs like this are competitive – often you’ll be among a huge pool of applicants. Follow this four-step plan to stand out from your competition.
Step 1: research
First, check out the company and really understand the culture of the organisation you’re targeting before you apply. What’s their mission statement? Read their last couple of annual reports and their online newsletter. Go on to LinkedIn and check out the people who already work there. What do they have in common? Look at their social media reviews. What are the company’s “pain points”? How can you solve them?
Find out where your dream job fits within the organisation – has the department head spoken at conferences or in media interviews recently? Find out what issues are concerning them right now.
Step 2: your dream job application
When most corporate roles attract more than 200 applications, your first impression is critical. Make sure you have all the information you need, like a position description for the role. Next, rewrite your résumé so it’s on target for your dream job – compare it to the job ad (and the position description), and highlight experiences or skills you may have glossed over in your generic CV.
Then, write that all-important cover letter. The top employers are looking for more than your standard degree… Continue reading
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Writing the cover letter for your dream job
To make the best impression on paper, you must show you’ve got the skills and experience they need. List each job requirement with a sentence about how you meet those (with a real-life example). Then call in a friend with strong writing skills for help in stripping your letter back to a one-page, direct application.
Step 3: the interview
How can you stand out? Your research will help you dress to fit the existing culture – but keep it on the formal side. Remember to be genuine – interviewers will often sense if you’re faking it. Have some intelligent questions prepared about the role and the company, and be ready to give examples from your own study and employment that can show off your talents.
Step 4: Closing the deal
During the interview, keep an eye out for opportunities to make contact post-interview, perhaps with more information about yourself or even something industry-related you could share. That will help you stand out for decision-makers after a long day of interview panels.
As the interview winds up, make sure you tell the employer that you remain very interested in the job. And if you can, drop them a line in the next few days with a thank you.
“The top employers are looking for more than your standard degree.”
1. Each corporate job opening attracts an average of 250 résumés; of those, only around six people will get an interview – and just one will get the job.
2. Only 64% of Australian employers recruit young professionals who have left education less than three years ago.
3. Employers spend an average of $4,000 to fill an open position.
Author: Heather Catchpole
Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs