So, you want a new job?
Perhaps you fancy a change? And, you’re stuck in a rut? Maybe you think you’re not appreciated?
Or, you think your job sucks?
Let me ask you this: Are you challenged? Or, just coasting?
What are you going to do about it?
Some people moan about their job, but do little to change their circumstances. They wait in vein for their next opportunity.
Yet, others find their dream job.
What do they do? How do they find their next role?
Stick with me and I’ll tell you. But be warned, you may not like what I’m going to say. I’ll share a few home truths with you. And, I’ll be telling you where the problem lies.
How to Find Your Dream Job In 8 Easy Steps
So, you want a new job?
Well, then, do something about it! Get off your backside and get noticed!
1. A Little Bit of Urgency Goes a Long Way
If you want, or indeed need a new job, it is entirely up to you to do something about it. Getting that dream job takes time and effort, not wishful thinking.
If you’re dissatisfied with your job for any reason stop procrastinating and take charge of the situation. If you don’t, it won’t get better, it’ll get worse.
Worse still, if you fail to take action you’ll find yourself in a dead-end job with little hope of a happy ending.
So, take charge, and commit to changing your job.
You must become the change you want to see.
2. Surround Yourself With the Best People and Resources
You’re going to need help getting that dream job.
The first piece of advice I would give anyone is don’t contact any recruitment agencies. Really. Most agencies play a numbers game, so there’s no mileage contacting them until you stand out from the crowd.
What you need to do is this.
Creating your CV is not about going through the motions according to a tired old formula. It is your chance to sell yourself and, above all, to get that vital first interview. – James Caan
Focus on your strengths and achievements. What’s your USP?
Finally, get a mentor.
A developmental mentor helps you to discover your wisdom by encouraging you to work towards career goals and develop self-reliance.
A mentor is a more experienced individual willing to share knowledge with someone less experienced in a relationship of mutual trust. – David Clutterbuck
3. Know What You Want
So, you want a new job?
What’s it going to be? If you can’t answer that questions straight up, step back from the job search and decide what you want to do?
Do you want to earn more? A move into a more senior position? Perhaps you’re seeking more experience. Or, simply faced with possible redundancy.
Whatever you reasons for wanting a new job, you need to be absolutely clear about the reasons for changing jobs.
Here’s why …
- You’ll be asked the question. And, if you don’t have a convincing answer you’ll limit your chance of success at interview.
- If you don’t know what you want, how will you know what job opportunities to pursue? Don’t turn job hunting into a lottery.
- Successful marketing starts with a clear understanding of your unique selling proposition. Yes, job hunting is about marketing your strengths, skills, and unique talents!
And don’t forget the long term impact a new job may have on your life … and your family. Make sure you are 100% committed before you look for that dream job!
4. Get Noticed
You’re competing with a raft of other people for every job, so you need to get noticed.
How do you get noticed?
Quite simply, use every route that is open to you. Be it recruitment agencies, online jobs boards, LinkedIn, direct applications, personal contacts or word of mouth.
Concentrate your energy on those avenues that are likely to get in front of the decision maker … the person who is going to offer you that job.
If there’s the opportunity to speak to the hiring manager about the job, pick up the phone. Get noticed!
Make your application stand out. Deliver it by hand. Get noticed!
Also, seriously think about getting yourself published. Write a guest post for a popular blog, post on LinkedIn or contribute to a professional journal. This demonstrates knowledge, expertise, and gets you noticed.
Think about this: if you don’t get to interview, who fault is it? Well, yours of course!
5. Remove the Barriers
Whether you agree or not, most people form a lasting impression in seconds. This applies equally to CV and interview. Get it wrong and the opportunity is gone.
So, make sure you’ve got that killer CV ready. Most recruiting managers spend only a few seconds looking at your CV. Therefore, make sure you grab their attention, and avoid stupid mistakes: check your spelling, look for typos, and make sure it conveys your unique character.
It’s the same at that precious interview. If you make a bad impression in the opening few seconds of an interview you’re probably stuffed.
Look the part. Invest in time and money on the correct attire for the position … top to tail.
Remember, you’re marketing yourself. So, set out your stall!
6. Set Short Term Goals
Job hunting isn’t easy. It takes effort and tenacity.
If you’re going to succeed you’ll need to have a plan and stick to it … write that killer CV by next Friday, ask to friends for feedback, sign up to ten jobs boards, review the job listing every evening, and so on.
7. Don’t Let Up
When things aren’t going well, it’s easy to throw in the towel. Don’t give up. And, don’t let up!
Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no-one needs – Peter Gabriel, Don’t Give Up
The idea is not to stop until your vision is a reality. That is, when you land your dream job!
To do this you need to do two things:
- Turn job hunting into habit. Recognise your need for change, and do something about it. Keep at those short-term goals!
- Create situations that give you the confidence to market yourself. Write that killer CV. Know your unique skills and talents. And get put yourself about. Learn from, and enjoy what’s happening. You’ll be better equipped for the next opportunity!
8. Nail That Job!
Nailing that job comes down to 45 minute or an hour with the hiring manager. So, don’t screw things up. Be prepared, do your homework.
Research the company to demonstrate you have a genuine interest in their business, and are prepared to do more than simply turn up.
I’ve said this before, but make sure you look the part. If a suit is right for the job don’t simply turn up in your workday suit. Make sure it’s dry cleaned and your shirt is ironed. First impressions matter.
Finally, remember this: confidence comes from knowledge. So, make sure you know about the company, the job, and how you intend to present yourself at the interview.
Let’s recap. Nailing that job is about:
- Achieving tangible results quickly. That is, creating opportunities for interview. Job hunting is ultimately about getting in front of the hiring manager and selling your unique skills and talents.
- Tying results to new behaviours. Job hunting must become part of your daily routines.
- Reinforcing your unique skills and talents. When you land an interview, tell convincing stories about yourself, what you do, and why you should be hired. Don’t blag your way through an interview. Be yourself, be confident.
- Not giving up until you get that dream job.
Example is not the main thing influencing others. It is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer
So, you want a new job?
Well, then put yourself out there and grasp those opportunities!
Did you know? These steps loosely follow Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model.