As a job seeker, you should know about the 4 simple steps to land your next job, and be aware that no one will give you a job because you need a job or so they can help you earn a living. Employers will only employ you if they see you can add value to their organisation.
Landing your dream job is possible if you have the right tools and skills up your sleeve. In this blogpost, you’ll learn how to polish your CV and cover letter, develop your online presence, prepare for interviews and manage the job search process from start to finish.
Before you embark on landing that dream job, take a moment to reflect on what you really want from your new role. Knowing this can help you identify what to look for throughout your job search and put your best foot forward.
You can start by thinking about what you enjoy, and which industries or companies would suit you best. If you could list five things you want from a job, what would they be? Do you love helping people learn, or enjoy working with numbers—or perhaps you want a position that offers flexible hours?
Once you’ve defined what your dream job should look like, the next step is to identify the skills you have to offer. Begin by writing down your qualifications, academic achievements and ‘hard skills’ — things that can be defined and measured, like a diploma, years of experience, or a degree.
Then, pinpoint what makes you valuable to a company—beyond your work experience or qualifications. It could be, leadership, teamwork and communication skills describing how you interact with others. These ‘soft skills’ are becoming more and more important across all industries and are worthwhile highlighting when applying for a job.
To help shortlist your main skills, think of both challenges and successes you’ve encountered in the past, and consider which skills helped you in these situations the most. After identifying your skills, it’s time to think about how you will persuade potential employers. This will come across in your CV and cover letter, or might happen naturally during the course of an interview.
Though a request like “Tell me about yourself” may seem quite general and unstructured, keep in mind what the interviewer is really asking for: insights into your professional experiences, and more specifically, how you could add value to that particular role. Instead of presenting yourself as a series of facts, organise your previous experiences into a story. The best stories follow a clear structure and take readers or listeners on a journey— so keep this in mind when telling your own.
Then you can highlight your greatest professional accomplishments. If you are new to an industry, feel free to take general success stories from your life – just make sure that you focus on the transferable attributes relevant to the position being applied for. For example, a personal achievement at university or a volunteering role can be used to demonstrate your great communication or problem solving skills.
Remember to highlight why you want the job and show your potential employer how motivated you are to work for their company.
To wrap up, try to remember these top tips when crafting your pitch to employers:
- Identify keywords that best illustrate your skills and abilities.
- Highlight any relevant professional or academic achievements.
- Add numbers to make your story more tangible, for example, “3 years experience in web design”, or “in my previous job, I succeeded in reducing yearly costs by 25%”.
- Tailor your pitch to each role, and review the job description carefully to ensure you address the company’s needs.
Now you’re ready to show potential employers why it’s you they should hire! Taking these first steps will steer you in the right direction and help you identify which jobs would be the best fit for your talents.
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Written by:- Queen Ngozi Amadi
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