How To Land your Dream Job
It is a cut-throat world out there at the minute, competition for jobs has never been higher and a lot of companies are looking for extensive experience. Whether you’ve just graduated from university or are currently employed and looking for a change, here are some tips to help you land your dream job.
Manage your Expectations
As tempting as it might be to apply for high level jobs that come with an appealing salary. You should step back and assess whether you are really the best candidate for the job. Coming out of university there is no doubt that you’d have an extensive knowledge of marketing (or whatever your degree was in) and unless you completed a placement year, all your experience is theory based. And while you may have hundreds of wonderful and exciting ideas, that doesn’t make you the best person for the job. Having years of experience will get you the higher paid jobs, so starting off at entry level jobs is a great way to get your foot in the door.
This leads on to the age long question, how do you get experience if no-one will hire you?
Learn from your mistakes
It can be incredibly disheartening when you’ve put a lot of effort into application forms and interviews only to be unsuccessful in getting the job. But take every experience as something to learn from, as for feedback on areas you could improve in, then when you land your next interview you will be a lot more confident in what you need to say/do.
It can be tough competition out there, but if you can do everything you possibly can to try gain experience, further your education or add to your skill set, be patient and the job that is meant for you will not pass you. You just need to prove that you’re the best person for the role and you will be an invaluable asset to the team.
Gain as much experience as possible
If you’re just finished university it can be tough to compete with people who have been on the career ladder for a few years. You need to show that you can be an asset to the team you hope to join. That could be completing an internship, starting a blog to showcase your work or doing online courses. This can be tough though if you’re working full-time, but if you are good at managing your time, it is achievable.
Internships are a great way of learning and gaining experience as you are being mentored by an experienced worker in your chosen field. If you work full-time an internship might not be for you. If you hope to get into marketing a good way of gaining experience could be:
Starting a blog on topics you’re passionate about
Reaching out to small businesses and offering your services to run their social media channels
Complete online courses, a lot of the Further Education Colleges in the North offer free online courses that you can gain qualifications in, in a range of sectors. They range from marketing, accounting to web design.
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