Do you know the saying: „If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”? Make your work fun in 2017! Today I advise you how to find the job of your dreams.
1. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU LIKE DOING AND WHAT ELSE COULD YOU LEARN TO DO?
Before you start looking for a new job, think what it is that you might do in life. What are your special abilities? What is it that your employer should appreciate about you? What is it that makes you different than the other applicants? Take your education into account, but don’t focus on education only. The fact that you majored in medicine, economics, or law doesn’t mean that you have to make a living of it. Maybe baking is your passion and you’ve always dreamt of opening your own bakery? Think about the courses that you can take part in. Look for them online, or look for postgraduate programs that you could join. Keep it realistic, though – it might be too late foe a career as a cardiac surgeon 😉
2. WORK ON A PERSONALIZED CV AND MOTIVATIONAL LETTER
Change your strategy. Instead of sending the same CV to a thousand of places, put your heart into writing it! 😉 Try to adjust it to the employer that you go for – if, for example, you’re applying for the position of a graphic designer in an advertising agency, use nicely designer infographics and so on. Be creative and don’t reach for ready-made solutions from the internet. List your experience chronologically, omitting the facts that your future employer might not consider as essential (like your work as a waitress in high school, if you’ve been working in a multinational company for 10 years now). Remember about the details – a proper picture, contact details, so called soft skills (ability to work under stress, communication skills, etc.) and the personal data clause. It also applies to motivational letters – personalize them, write a separate one for each job. Preparing a portfolio is also necessary in some branches.
3. MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION AT THE INTERVIEW
When you get shortlisted for a job and you’re invited for an interview, make sure you make most out of the interview 😉 Make sure you know everything about the company and the person who’ll be interviewing you (use LinkedIn, for example). Dress appropriately, work on your body language, stay optimistic and negotiate the finances. Make sure to emphasize what you managed to achieve for your former employer. Tell about an important project that you’ve managed to lead to completion or about the good finance balance of your department. Look for further tips in my How To Make a Good Impression At a Job Interview article (HERE).
4. FIND THE EMPLOYER OF YOUR DREAMS, AND THEN… SURPRISE THEM!
You can either send another boring CV, or… act unexpectedly 😉 Surprise the employer with your creativity. Karina Gos got a job thanks to using Foursquare (she tagged herself everyday at 9 at the headquarters of the creative agencies of her dreams), or Ewa Suchodolska, who purchased a spot at a banner in the center of Gdansk that said “I’m looking for a job”. Headhunters admit that employers look for creative and original people, with out of the box thinking and charisma. During an interview – make sure you make yourself remembered by taking initiative. One of recruiters still remembers the future director of a factory who drove a Harley to the meeting with the board, or a candidate for a sales rep position who sold him an iPhone form the US during his job interview 🙂 Is there a better way to present your abilities? 😀
5. USE THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, besides following your friends, can also help you in your professional career 😉 Follow the accounts of your chosen brands, take part in discussions, like and tag. That way you won’t surely miss job offers that they post. Make others notice you 😉 Aneta, who creates amazing collages for MacademianGirl.com is in my team since she sent me my portrait 😉 For the sake of your career delete embarrassing pics from your accounts and make sure that your posts about, for example, politics, reach only a group of your closest friends, and not everyone. You can also use social media for sending out your CV – by recording a Youtube video, for example. Make sure you update your information on LinkedIn and GoldenLine. In some branches it’s more important than a traditional written application.
6. DAJ SIĘ POLECIĆ LET OTHERS RECOMMEND YOU
Don’t confuse „recommendations” with „acquaintance”. Recommending isn’t about finding a job that doesn’t match your abilities and education. You can easily ask your friends if their companies aren’t looking for someone with your qualifications. And some employers reward employees who recommend other people for free positions. This method, called, a reference programme is very efficient. The person who is hired is determined to meet the expectations, so is very efficient at his/her work, and the person who recommended the new employee supports feels responsible, and the employer saves money they’d have to spend on a long recruitment process. That’s how… everyone wins! 😀
7. DONT GIVE UP!
Dawid Szczepaniak, a creative director in VML agency admits that recruiters sometimes resign from reading a CV, because the… font doesn’t come to their liking. If your phone doesn’t ring after yet another interview, don’t blame yourself. You have to know that the competition is really significant and that employers get hundreds of CVs every day. Many specialists advice: don’t resign from your dreams, and remind about yourself from time to time – it’s no shame. All you need to do is call the employer a few days after you’ve sent your CV and ask them if they’d received it. Simple, isn’t it? 😉