Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
JOB SEARCH / DEC. 07, 2014
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How to Get the Job You Want

Do you have what it takes to land your dream job? Getting the job you want requires appropriate career planning, successful preparation and effective time management. These three elements along with being self-aware are vital to achieving career success.  

Truth is that you shouldn’t let anything distract you from accomplishing your goal. Sticking to a plan is as vital as keeping a job. So if you want to make things happen, you need to follow a strategy that is going to help you achieve your career aspirations.  

Check the following tips out to learn how you can get the job you really want:

#1 Know yourself

You need to be aware of your strengths and weaknesses and identify areas of improvement. Take feedback from people around you including family, friends or other people who care about you and make an effort to develop your skills in those areas you feel you need to improve. Learn what the job requires from you in terms of knowledge, and if you don’t meet the necessary criteria, take on classes to develop the skills you need.

After becoming self-aware you should be able to:

  • Identify your career goals and short and long-term expectations.
  • Know why you are looking for a job in the specific industry.
  • Be able to describe your strengths, skills and experiences.

In the end, you should be able to relate your skills and experiences in such ways as to mirror what the employer is looking for.

#2 Show, don’t just tell!

Employers prefer actions, not words. Upon initial contact with company representatives, you need to give them something to hold on to. With this being said, you should show them what you are good at instead of just stating facts out from your resume. For example, if you want a sales position, you could create a plan that explains how you will help the company apply new marketing strategies for targeting a wider target audience.

#3 Be proactive

Your resume alone won’t get you the job you really want. Be proactive and commit to doing what other job seekers aren’t willing to do because this is how you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Without a doubt, there is a lot competition out there so you need to get out and explore alternative routes to getting hired.

In other words, be genuinely motivated, prepared and persistent about the job you want. Stay up-to-date with recent development in the industry, go to events or seminars that are going to boost your knowledge in terms of what’s happening; network and meet important people.

#4 Really know the company

Last but not least, getting the job you want means becoming familiar with what the job involves, and looking at the whole picture, becoming aware of how the company operates. So if you are serious about the job, this is what you need to do:

  • Get familiar with the organisational culture of the company and their long term goals.
  • Get familiar with their recruitment methods including how, where and when they recruit. For example, do they advertise internally, on the internet or recruitment agencies?  
  • Have knowledge of the department you want to work for and their services/products.
  • Check out internet websites and get hold of their marketing materials.

Dream big to achieve big! If you are willing to make an effort to get to know yourself and learn a few things about the company, you have greater chances of achieving your goal. All you need to do is take small necessary steps in order to get there and be proactive!

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