When embarking on your dream job search there are many things to consider and here are some ideas to help you make sure that you:
Let what you love, be what you do.
- Believe in yourself and your dreams. Your dream job search is important because it will make your working life a happy and satisfying one. The job that you think you should do, might not! Other people may hold back from encouraging you because they love you, because they worry how you’ll feel if it doesn’t work out or because they can see something alight in you, that they let go dim in themselves. Understand that they mean no harm; they just don’t want to take responsibility for your life – and why should they? That’s your job!
- Highlight your achievements. Whether you’ve achieved in your current role or during a career break, it’s important to be able to tell the story of how you did it. Keeping an achievement log is a great way to keep track of your successes.
- Be pro-active. As well as researching job sites like www.glosjobs.co.uk and registering with relevant recruitment agencies there are many other strings to your dream job search bow. Utilise social media; thousands of jobs are posted on Twitter and Linkedin every day! Keep your eyes peeled for job advertisements as you are out and about and buy newspapers / trade journals that you wouldn’t normally buy. Be open to opportunities and you will attract them towards you.
- Identify your strengths! Go on, blow your own trumpet, show off for once and write down the stuff you’re really good at. It may help to ask your friends or family what they believe are your strengths. A strength is something that you’re naturally good at, rather than some skill that you’ve worked hard to develop. Perceived weaknesses can be strengths in disguise! For example, you may believe that you are indecisive. In certain situations though, being able to see all the possible outcomes can be a strength. Caution can prevent rash decisions and mistakes being made. It can also help to diffuse arguments and bring clarity to discussions.
- Listen to your friends. When they mention someone’s leaving / retiring / unhappy at work it could mean that there’s a vacancy coming up. Remember, it’s horses for courses; just because someone else didn’t like or get on at a certain company, it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t!
- Make a list of companies and organisations that appeal to you and do your research. Visit their website and google them for other information and news stories. Then, if you still like the look of them, make contact. Even if they aren’t hiring right now, what’s to say they won’t be tomorrow or next week? Set up google alerts so that you don’t miss anything important.
- Create your stand-out CV and make sure it’s tailored to your dream job at that company. Ensure that your personal profile is just that – personal! Unique to you. If you read it back and realise that it could be about anyone, start again!
- Construct a Cover Letter to the person that will be making the decision about who to interview. (Don’t know their name? – Find out!) – Make it personal and explain clearly and concisely what you can do for them!
- Follow up! The best way to ensure that your CV and Cover Letter reaches the correct person is to deliver it by hand. If this is not possible, follow up with a phone call and politely ask whether it has been received. You may get lucky and strike up an impromptu telephone interview there and then so be prepared!
- Make a great first impression, on the day of the interview. Be early! Polish your shoes. Take a spare tie (in case of coffee catastrophes!) Wear a big smile and relax. The interview is simply a conversation. It’s as much about you finding out whether that company is right for you, as it is about them deciding if you’re right for the job.
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