9 KEY POINTS TO GETTING YOUR DREAM JOB
In recent times, getting a job could be exhausting. As a matter of fact, getting a job is a job itself. Chances are you send your CV every day and you’re yet to bag an interview talk less of a job. This leaves many job seekers less than optimistic when looking for a job or a change in career.
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- Know and understand what you are good at: Learn about the different options and career paths available and apply for positions best suited to your interests and talents. If you are interested in HR or business management, take the general route and specialize later, since having diversified skills can help you land an entry-level position that will eventually lead you down your desired goals.
- Learn everything you can about the company and position you are applying for: Before you apply or interview there, familiarize yourself with the company (Check their website). Have they been featured recently in the news? Are they active on social media? Find out. Then, in your cover letter or during the interview, highlight some exciting things the company is doing and why you would want to be engaged in that work and how you could add to the project with your skills. Stay on top of the things that are going on in the industry in which you want to work. Subscribe to blogs and webinars. Attend conferences and conventions. This way, you will know what is coming next, and what you need to do to keep your skills upgraded.
- Develop your “soft” skills: These are interpersonal skills, like effective communication, strong teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and negotiation skills. Even if you are proficient in a hard-to-find skill like Java, CIMA and have strong academic qualifications, those skills alone won’t get you a job. It’s these soft skills that will make you more employable and desirable to a potential boss. Find the gap, identify the skills where you’re weak and invest in improving them. The best way to do this is with practice. Being a one-man island or an indecisive person can cost you your job.
- Gain practical experience in your discipline: One of the best ways for final years and graduates to improve their job prospects is by building relevant experience with an internship. Internships help job seekers develop and demonstrate the specific skills that employers demand, and serve as key stepping stones to full-time employment. Don’t wait to become a graduate before you work or after NYSC to get paid. Start volunteering at organizations now. If you start working while in school, you would have had two years of experience already as a graduate. That says a lot to potential employers and keeps you ahead of your colleagues
- Showcase your work/knowledge: Set yourself apart with a sample of your work, whether it is from an internship or a class project. Create a SlideShare, blog post, website or a YouTube video of the projects you have done and how it would be relevant to the position you are applying to. Be sure to have a LinkedIn profile, so prospective employers can easily find you – and you can find and network with prospective employers.
- Network: Attend meetings and symposiums held by organizations to improve links with other members who could also become potential employers. Also, take advantage of your student alumni network, professors, career center, volunteer opportunities, and other community affiliations, attend industry events to make connections with people. Even if the connections you make now don’t lead to a job right away, they may be useful in the future.
- Tailor your resume/CV to each position: Avoid jargons and don’t lie. Develop a resume that reflects the professional you want to be by detailing every project you’ve completed or been a part of, regardless of its size or scope, (school organizations, course work projects, etc). When writing your resume, make sure the content is detail-oriented and focuses on the skills you’ve acquired, projects you’ve worked and, importantly, the results you’ve generated.
- Be realistic about your applications and salary: Don’t apply for a managerial job that requires years of experience when you have none. Don’t expect that you are going to get N300,000 for an entry-level job in a small organization. The high range is meant for people that have years of experience in the field.