How to bag your dream job
Landing your dream job is not simply a matter of finding the right employer. You’ve got to find them and impress them enough to enlist your services. From a letter and CV to the interview room you have to impress. Here’s our handy guide on how to successfully achieve your dream job…
Use a specialist recruiter
If you’re having trouble getting to the interview stage then a specialist recruiter, someone like EduStaff which only recruits for jobs in education, is your best bet. Getting a more focussed team behind you will mean you are less likely to get lost amongst other candidates or get bogged down chasing the wrong post for you.
Whether you need a recruiter or not to put you in touch with the right job, the next stage is the interview. Once there you need to bear the following in mind…
Fix up, look sharp
“Take a good look at yourself in a full length mirror beforehand,” says Lesley Everett, author of Walking Tall – Key Steps to Total Image Impact. It’s vital that you make a positive first impression. An unusual choice of clothing will only serve to help you stand out for all the wrong reasons.
Your key message
When approaching an interview situation, it’s really important to go in with two or three points that you really want to get across to your employer. These can be anything from your suitability for the role to relevant experience that you have. You might not have a long time to make an impression so have these points prepared and make sure you get them in.
Similarly, one of the most common mistakes that interviewees make is giving answers to questions that are too lengthy. Try to get your points across in a concise and clear manner. It’s much harder to be frugal with words than it is to be excessive: a great communicator can get their point across in as few words as possible.
“Why this job?”
Always be prepared to answer this question. It’s wise to make sure that your answer is individual but also honest. The most convincing answers will draw upon both your passion for the role and your suitability for the position. Remember it’s about why you are going to be good for the job and why the job is going to be good for you. Again, try to be concise, and stick to what you know. Check out this article from Monster for more advice on what to expect.
You must always believe what you’re saying and try to put this across in an assertive and confident manner. How you speak is as important as what you say in some respects.
Conviction should not be mistaken for arrogance and potential employers will always be more impressed by the confident than the timorous.
“Have you got any questions?”
You should always come to an interview with something prepared. The worst thing you can do is tell an employer that they’ve covered everything. If you can ask an informative and illuminating question it is guaranteed to impress the interviewer. Do your research and show an interest in the company’s vision for the future and how you fit in.
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