We have all been there. We plan and prepare for it our whole adult life. Landing that perfect job that sets us apart from all the rest. But how do we get to that point? What exactly do we need to do to assure ourselves success in this endeavor?
Know Who You Are: According to Alexandra Levit of Monster.com, one of the most important things we can do to be successful in finding and landing the perfect job is to take time to really learn about yourself. Sit down and take the time to do a self-assessment of your work ethics and values. Ask yourself how you like to work. What position would best reflect the skills and interests that you possess?
Taking the time to research these things about yourself before trying to sell what you have to offer to a potential employer is the key to assuring that success.
Raise the Bar: When seeking a new career, don’t settle. Match yourself up with companies that have similar requirements in an employee as you have in an employer. In the ever diverse field of technology the competition is fierce.
Seek positions with companies that stand out above and beyond in that field. Growing industry leaders in the forefront of technology and innovation are often extremely expressive in the exact kind of people they want to work with their company. Many feel the key to their success is the people that work for them and that during the hiring process they focus attracting the best talent possible and in providing a work environment where every single employee can excel.
Your goal is to show these leaders that you are just that kind of person that they are looking for.
Be Prepared: Many employers also like to see applicants that take the time to prepare themselves and their presentation before interviewing for a position. One crucial element to this is your resume’.
Making it clean, professional and without grammatical errors is just the tip of the iceberg. Make sure it reflects exactly what your skill set is and that it targets exactly what the position is that the employer is seeking to fill. Always keep the mindset that your resume’ is the first opportunity that you will have to convince your employer that you are the perfect choice for their company.
The Interview: We’ve all heard it before, “An interview is simply a conversation between two people.” While as true as that may be, how you present yourself in that conversation makes all the difference in if you get hired or not. It is extremely important while in an interview that you demonstrate exactly how your previous experience is relevant to the position you are interviewing for.
Bring to the table real life examples of how and when you accomplished things in your last job. Give examples about different successes so they can be privy to your core competencies in leadership and how you work with a team.
There is no doubt that finding the job of your dream can be a tedious task, but if you approach it in a methodical, well prepared way, and with the attitude that you are the right person for the job, then that dream can be a reality sooner than you think.