The job search can be rough. You are applying everywhere and you just can’t seem to land that dream job you are looking for. Teresa Obinger, director of career services at Globe University-Woodbury, offers these 10 tips to help you job seekers out there land your dream job.
- Update Your Resume: Have your resume updated and ready to go. You never know when the perfect job will be posted or come up through networking.
- Know Your Qualifications: Research job descriptions in order to know what job titles and positions you qualify for. Don’t waste your time seeking opportunities that you know you are not qualified or trained for.
- Network: According to a report from ABC News, 80 percent of today’s jobs are landed through networking. This percentage of those networking represents smart job seekers who understand that looking for and finding work takes…work. Begin networking by informing your social and personal networks you are looking for a new job opportunity.
- Research: Research the company you are applying to. Don’t just look on the company’s website; Google them to see what other industries are saying about them. Also, look at the company’s recent press or media releases on their company website to learn more about where the company is and possible new initiatives that you could give ideas about in the interview.
- Send a Cover Letter: Even if an employer doesn’t require one or you don’t think they will even read it, send it! They will think of your candidacy as going above and beyond expectations.
- Follow-Up: After submitting your resume and cover letter be sure to follow up on the position. Call or email the employer to ensure they received your application and ask if the position is available for an interview. This will give the employer the impression that you are proactive.
- Be Prepared: Be sure to practice your interviewing skills. Practice what your answers may be to anticipated interview questions. It’s a good idea to go over the job qualifications and expectations and explain how you meet the criteria they are looking for in a candidate.
- Dress to Impress: You only get one chance to make a first impression. It is always a good idea to overdress than under dress for interviews. They employer needs to be able to visualize you working at their company.
- Ask Questions: Ask questions about the company and the position. Here are a few examples of questions you could ask: What projects are you most excited about? What are the biggest mistakes you’ve seen employees make? What’s the best thing the person in this job could do to shine?
- Send a Thank You: Be sure to send a thank-you note after the interview. Some employers prefer them to be hand-written; others prefer email. Overall, bosses like to get them, especially ones that are specific and follow up on something discussed in the interview. This is one more opportunity to illustrate your professionalism and how right you are for the position.
“Finding a job is a stressful task,” said Obinger. “Hopefully these tips will help aid job seekers in finding and landing their dream job. After all, the overall goal of the career services department is to prepare our students to graduate in achieving their career goals.”