With the New Year, come a plethora of resolutions and goals for things we want to accomplish before the next December 31st rolls around. Among the most popular New Year’s resolutions is finally landing that dream job you’ve desperately longed for. To help you achieve your goal, here’s a list of 7 things you can do right now to help you get your foot in the door.
So yeah, you set a goal of getting a dream job, but have you actually thought about what it is you need to get there? Maybe you want to be a published writer, but lack writing experience. Or maybe you want to become a pianist but have never touched the ivory keys. Whatever it is that you want–create an execution plan. Do your research in the field or market you’re trying to get into. See what basic requirements are necessary to achieving your goal. Don’t have em? No worries, that’s why this is step one. Work on mastering the requirements necessary before you start hitting up companies. Example: Before becoming a staffed writer, I had limited writing experience outside of school. I decided to start a blog chronicling my best work which was not only easily accessible to editors, but also gave off the impression I was more seasoned in my skill.
#2-Update Your Resume
Don’t, I repeat DON’T send a resume that hasn’t been updated in over a year. You should regularly be updating your resume. Don’t be afraid to add that one day of volunteer work you did over the summer for Outside Lands just so you could score some free tickets. Showcase relevant work for the position you’re applying for. Pump yourself up, but don’t overdo it–a resume shouldn’t be longer than a page.
#3-Cover Letters Aren’t Created Equally
No, you can’t write one ridiculously amazing cover letter and send it off to 10+ different companies. If you want to land the job of your dreams, don’t be lazy. Cover letters must be catered to each position you’re applying for. Specify why you want this job and why you’d be great at it. Highlight your skills and accomplishments. Be honest if you lack some of the skills they asked for in the description. Be up front about it, and prove in writing why you’d be a better asset than your more skilled competition.
#4-Forget OKCupid, and work on your LinkedIn connects
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Linkedin is gold for finding the ‘in’ people in the field you want. But before you do that, work on getting a professional looking picture up–those with photos up (professional looking photos, mind you) have more of a chance at being seen than those that don’t. Listing all your skills and accolades, you can be more thorough here than in your resume (and don’t forget to add your LinkedIn account to your resume too!) Don’t slack on writing your summary either-those with summaries make those stand out more than accounts that don’t. And hey, if you’re really ambitious, work on making a professional website for yourself.
#5-Practice makes perfect
Yes! You landed an interview! This is the make or break-you have to prove to these people in person all the things you said on paper. Don’t walk in blindly, you’ll only set yourself up for failure. Thankfully for the web, you don’t have to. Google common interview questions, research YouTube videos. Work on your speech (don’t say like or um-makes you seem indecisive!) Practice with a friend or partner. You’ll be ready before you know it.
#6-Dress to Impress
First impressions are everything! Pull out the iron, find you Sunday best and shine those shoes good. Sad, but true, we thrive off a society that focuses on aesthetics. It’s important to present yourself in the most professional manner possible. Also, be sure not to slouch–posture is your friend, not foe.
#7-Don’t Let Your Insecurities Get The Best of You
As our late POTUS Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said “There’s nothing to fear but fear itself.” Don’t let your insecurities keep you from applying for that dream job. Stop telling yourself you’re not good enough and don’t be afraid of rejection! Before others can believe in you and your capabilities, your must believe in yourself first.