7 secrets to secure your dream job
When applying for a new job, it can feel like thousands of likeminded people with a wealth of experience are all jumping for the same opportunity. As the job market becomes ever more competitive, standing out from the crowd is crucial. Here, we give you our top 7 tips on how to land your dream role.
Timing is everything
When applying to a new position, it is wise to think about your own working day. If you tend to run on autopilot at 4pm every Friday, chances are others do as well. Before submitting your application take some time to think about when the workforce is most likely to be at their most productive. Sending in an application first thing on a Monday or last thing on a Friday is probably not the wisest move. Getting the timing right will ensure that your application is not side lined or overlooked whilst given priority.
Pick up the phone
In a world amerced in digital, a sure-fire way to stand out from the crowd is by picking up the phone a speaking to the person who heads up recruitment for the role. This is a great opportunity to gain further insight into the role that goes beyond the job spec and presents the opportunity to really personalise your application.
Speaking to the recruiter will also mean that they are on the lookout for your C.V to land and that it is automatically flagged in their minds when it does.
Do you need a C.V?
Of course, certain industries require a well thought out and strategic approach. However, if your industry is in the creative field then to stand out, think outside the realms of a C.V. and adopt an approach that shows your creativity. For instance, an imaginative portfolio or imagery that highlights the key achievements in your life so far.
Less about me, let’s talk about you
When applying for a new role, it is common belief that an applicant must impress the interviewer with all of their previous experience. From the potential employer’s perspective, they want to know what you can do for them. Within your application, highlight 2 or 3 key skills that can benefit the company and how. Outline what results these skills achieved in your previous company and how they are transferable to the role in hand.
If your application presents ways in which your skills and experience can benefit your potential new workplace and you feel that that this is the role for you, then why not suggest meeting the recruiter for a coffee to discuss further. Applicants are used to waiting for the prospect of an interview however, the suggestion of a meeting shows genuine enthusiasm and initiative.
Don’t get generic
Do not blanket email your C.V to 100 different businesses. This is not only lazy but a waste of everyone’s time. Chances are you do not really know what you are applying for and if you are offered an interview, then it will not be the role that you thought it was anyway. Adopt a far more targeted approach and if the job spec presents a generic email address then think about finding the recruiter on LinkedIn and emailing them directly.
But I feel like a CEO
If you really want to land your dream role then you must respect the path that you have to take to get there. It is crucial that you understand the experience that you need, and you are realistic with your job search.