20 Sep Score the Dream Job You Are Looking For
Anybody will tell you: looking for a job is a job in and of itself. Googling, searching job sites, writing cover letters, updating resumes and reaching out to connections – it’s enough to make you want to nap early (and often). And that nap might feel great, but it’s not paying the bills. Here’s how you’ll find that job:
- Get carded – Create a business card for yourself. Even if you don’t have a job yet, this is essential. You will need a clean, professional business card with your name and contact information (phone number, email, relevant social media profiles, etc.) And if you haven’t done so already, change your email from ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ to something more suitable. Best practice is to use your first and last name or initial.
- Network – Find events in your field. Search “networking events” on Google or join networking groups and organizations in your area. Bring plenty of business cards, dress sharp, and get ready to schmooze your way into some new connections. Afterwards, follow up with a short email and offer to take them out for a cup of coffee. And don’t forget to connect with them on LinkedIn to keep in touch.
- Don’t take shortcuts – Always be respectful and professional when replying to inquiries, connections or even job rejections. Follow-up on everything you do, at least one week afterwards. Hiring managers and executives are busy. Take the time to reach back out to them in case they missed it. And never forget the ease of a phone call, even if it’s only to leave a message. It’ll put a voice to your name and show your eagerness.
- Start now – Don’t wait around for the job. Find places to volunteer your services or interview professionals in your field. Or be a self-starter. Social media has become a great tool in giving people control of their own image. Showcase your services or talents on your own blog, Instagram page or website.
- Do your research – Be informed; it will show in your interview. Go into every interview with at least 3 things to touch on about their website, core value propositions or products. It will show employers you go the extra mile and show your future employer that you do your homework.
Bonus Tip: Keep up to date on what’s going on in the world around you, and research your interviewers beforehand, if possible. Being able to engage in small talk or connect about your interviewer’s hobby can make you memorable long after the interview is over.
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