The New year is closer and closer and you are putting a list of good intentions together: to save for a new house, learn a language, join the gym or start a new challenging job. Don’t let your enthusiasm disappear and give up before even starting, these are a few tips that will help you land your new job:
1. Put together a structured plan.
Because getting your dream job requires time and effort, consider this process as one more of your daily tasks. You will need to review your expectations and goals, choose the tools you are going to use, set SMARTER goals (Specific, Meaningful, Achievable, Rewarding and Time-bound) & open your agenda and set the dates and times you are going to invest in your research.
2. Review and update your CV.
Back to the basics but you are definitely going to struggle with getting an interview if your CV is not properly updated, too brief and not descriptive, contains too much irrelevant information or doesn’t include basics like social abilities, technical skills, main achievements, budgets handled, clients, team management or software expertise. After you have done this, make sure you adapt your CV and cover letter to every single job you apply for, you will get many more results focusing on quality rather than quantity.
3. Improve your Social Media presence
Not only to be head hunted but to let potential employers assess your skills and success to the date when you apply for a job (make sure you include your LinkedIn profile on your CV!). Ensuring your social profiles are private and have adequate content is not enough; an online professional profile will give you credibility when filled with relevant information and references and will give you access to a huge network of connections who could help you be introduced to the right person in your dream company.
4. Do extensive research.
If you already know the type of companies you would love to work for, find out where they advertise their open roles and what would be the best way to get your CV in front of the right hiring manager. Job portals, corporate websites, LinkedIn Job adverts, etc. they are all good resources but to fast forward your profile you will need somebody within the company to help you (this is why your social network is so important!) or a reliable recruiter working for them (make sure you do some proper research on this, you wouldn’t want your CV to end up everywhere, including your current employer!).
5. Invest time preparing your interviews.
Now that you have made it to the interview stage, after all the time and efforts invested, don’t waste your opportunity! Research the company’s website, social media channels, the newest related news and do the same research for your interviewer, what a better way to break the ice than talking about the latest topic he/she has re-tweeted about! Make sure you also know all the job specifications and you have lots of quality questions ready to ask during the meeting. And, of course, don’t forget to send a follow up email after your meeting.
6. Negotiate the terms and start building up the relationship
If you don’t have a good recruiter to do this for you, make sure you negotiate the salary package and benefits you deserve but don’t have unrealistic expectations that may create a negative start point. Once your offer letter is signed, ask the team and managers to meet you for an informal drink and keep in touch with them regularly, so you can get to know each other and your first day at the office is so much more relaxed and fun!
HAPPY NEW JOB!
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