Every person looking for a job would much rather enter into their dream job than simply fill any open position. A dream job will be interesting, provide potential for growth and really stimulate a person’s career. While there are always openings for dream jobs, the vast majority of candidates will skip over their dream job vacancies in fear of rejection; this is never advised.
The truth is that a job seeker can land their dream job as long as they know how to approach the interview and process.
Knowing What is Required
It doesn’t make sense to go into an interview unprepared. If you are applying for a networking job that has a CCNA certification requirement, it doesn’t make sense to apply without the proper certification. Unless you have immense experience in the field, applying and interviewing will likely be a fruitless endeavor.
Instead, you should know what the minimum requirements for a position will be. This can be done by doing the following:
1. Visit job search sites where you can find openings in many different companies.
2. View listings and compile requirements as well as any “pluses” mentioned.
Now, you can become the dream candidate even if you are not currently considered one. This is done by adding some of these pluses to your resume through actual experience. If you notice that many companies want programmers that know Java, C# and ColdFusion as a plus, you can learn these languages and become a frontrunner for the position.
Entire books have been written on how to spruce up your resume to ensure that you are interviewed. A resume is simply a way to get your foot in the door. There is a lot more that is needed beyond your experience and skillset. Interviewers will want to know how you deal with stress, what kind of role you can play in the company, and if your personality seems to be a good fit for the position.
A resume must be adopted to the specific company so that you are picked as a candidate. The following tips will ensure that your resume is able to help you land your dream job:
• A resume should be able to be glanced over in 10 seconds. Headings and bullet points are a great choice.
• Keep your personal information to a minimum and get right into why you will be a great employee.
• Add statistics and facts to your past work. Perhaps you helped program a software suite that sold $30 million dollars a year. Mention facts and figures to stand out.
• Humanizing your resume is something that is required. Be personal, but professional in your wording and do not sound doubtful or use negative tones within your resume.
The Interview and Beyond
During the interview process, you want to be personal and make a very good impression. You must ask questions and show that you have intimate knowledge about the company that you are applying to work with. This will allow you to be a memorable candidate that has a leg up on the competition.
After the interview, you must follow-up with a thank you response to finalize the process. This should be done either by mail or by a telephone call where you thank the interviewer for their time.
Be confident, do not appear desperate, and sell yourself to the company. Make the company’s decision one that is easy to make.
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