How to Get Your Dream Job within 30 Days

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Dream jobs are special because of the way they make us feel. At its most basic level, your dream job is something that you are good at. Ideally, your dream job should be perfectly aligned with your natural and learned skillset, but it should also challenge you to grow, evolve and succeed so that you are always improving, refining and learning – and loving it every step of the way.

Identify your dream job based on your personal strengths.

Landing your dream job begins with knowing what your personal strengths are. Essentially, your strengths are the most valuable traits and attributes that sets you apart from other candidates and make you an asset to a specific employer.

No matter what stage you are at in your career, identifying your personal strengths is critically important. You need to know where your strengths lie so that you can focus on developing these attributes and demonstrate your “unique value” or true worth to prospective employers.

By asking targeted questions and other professional methods, you will be able to get a list of what your strengths are. With that list, you can target your job search and start to look for roles that put to use each of these qualities and special attributes that are a key part of your personality.

How to Identify Your Personal Strengths

  • What personal attributes do colleagues and managers acknowledge in you?
  • What do you do better than everyone else around you?
  • Which skills do you enjoy using as often as possible, regardless of the task?
  • What activities that you enjoy most and that come easily to you?
  • What would you contemplate doing if you had all the money you need?
  • What tasks energize you or get you really excited?
  • What would you most like to do on any given day?
  • What are your 3 or 4 top skills that have benefitted your employers?
  • What strengths and skills came up over and over again?

What is your dream job?

This is not always the easiest question to answer. Some people know what they want to be from the time that they are children. Others are grown up and stilling trying to figure out what they want to do for a career.

Characteristics of Your Dream Job:

  • Fulfils you.
  • Pays you well for your time and energy.
  • Positively impacts your self-esteem and increases your confidence.
  • Makes you feel like you know what you’re supposed to be doing with your life.
  • Puts you on your desired career path.
  • Inspires your soul and spirit.
  • Recognizes and develops your potential.
  • Makes you feel awesome and empowered.
  • Turns you into who you were meant to be.

Develop a sophisticated job search strategy

Finding your dream job today requires much more than simply sending out your resume or CV and cover letter. You need a focused and well-defined job search strategy that incorporates social networking and the ability to market yourself like a pro.

Without a clear vision, well-mapped plan and strategic approach, you may end up feeling frustrated, disappointed and disillusioned.

Create a step-by-step action plan that clearly articulates the goal you have set out to achieve and the specific actions and tactics you’ll use to achieve that goal.

Define your job search tools:

  • All-star LinkedIn profile targeted to the specific industry.Value-based resume aimed at a specific industry and employer.
  • Strong personal brand.
  • User-friendly portfolio.
  • Compelling cover letter aimed at a specific employer.
  • Attractive social media profiles.
  • Relevant qualifications including degrees and certifications.
  • Honors and awards.
  • Transcripts
  • Volunteer work.
  • LinkedIn recommendations.

Using Social Networking for Job Search

Social networking is the most powerful and effective job search strategy you can use to get your dream job. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, 80% of today’s jobs are found through networking. Facts that show how many people are getting jobs through social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.

Social Recruiting Stats and Facts

  • LinkedIn drives more actual job views than any other network.
  • 94% of companies are using social to recruit.
  • 4 Million Job Seekers have Used Social Networks to Find a Job.
  • 73% of companies successfully hired a candidate with social media.
  • 93% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting, 66% use Facebook and 54% use Twitter.

Build a strong and vibrant personal brand

Today, standing out from competitors requires a lot more than simply having requisite job skills and qualifications. You need to establish a strong and distinctive personal brand that creates an instant and lasting impression on your target audience.

Your personal brand is a combination of:

  • Who You Are. Your accomplishments, personal strengths, skills, academic credentials and employment history.
  • Who You Want to Be. Your professional goals and career aspirations.
  • How You Present Yourself to the World. Your communication style, behaviors and personality.
  • How the World Perceives You. We all already have a brand, even if you may not be consciously aware of this. Your brand is your reputation – and that reputation is increasingly built online. It is what other people think about you and how they would describe you to a friend or co-worker.

Your personal brand is the combination of your academic qualifications, unique skillset, values, personality, strengths, professional employment history and personal attributes. It represents the “unique value” you bring to the table.

A compelling brand that shows you off as a great potential colleague rather than a desperate job seeker. This will make you so much more attractive to recruiters and hiring decision makers.

Forge strategic relationships with recruitment consultants.

If you are serious about landing your dream job within 30 days, connecting and building strategic relationships with recruitment consultants is a must. Recruiters have access to a lot of fantastic employment opportunities that are not public knowledge.

Furthermore, recruiters are very influential, and their personal recommendations carry a lot of weight with employers. As a career-minded professional, it is important to connect and build relationships with recruitment professionals even if you may not be actively seeking your dream job right now.

Leverage the power of cover letters

When applying for your dream role, your cover letter is the first thing a prospective employer sees in your job application, making it the most critical components for getting noticed.

A well-crafted cover letter that is engaging and specifically tailored to the job you’re applying for is absolutely crucial to your chances of getting invited for an interview.

Keep the following in mind when crafting your cover letter:

  • Use a cover letter.
  • Avoid submitting a badly written cover letter. The only thing worse than not sending a cover letter, is sending a badly-written cover letter.
  • Address your cover letter to a named individual
  • Avoid clichés and platitudes.
  • Quantify your accomplishments.
  • Let your personality shine through. Adopt a polite, formal style that is confident, polite and professional.
  • Avoid any negativity.
  • Do not rehash your resume.
  • Proofread your cover letter.
  • Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for.

Create an employer-focused resume

An employer-focused resume is a powerful marketing tool that quickly and effectively communicates the overall value that you bring to a specific organization as a prospective employee. It showcases the value you can provide to the organization, and how you can solve their problems and meet their organizational needs. It should also identify, clarify and document your high-impact signature talents such as improving productivity, enhancing efficiency, increasing sales or saving money.

Keep the following in mind when writing your resume:

  • Customize Your Resume For The Role.
  • Incorporate the right keywords and buzzwords.
  • Aesthetics matter.
  • Quantifying Your Achievements.
  • Prioritize specific sections of your resume.
  • Unless you’re applying for a modelling job, there’s no need to include a headshot in your resume.
  • Don’t force your resume into one page.
  • Explain any gaps in employment history.
  • Only list hobbies and interests that are professionally relevant and can actually enhance your resume.
  • Proofread your resume. Typos, spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors will spell doom for your application.
  • Use an appropriate email address. If you are using AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo email addresses, you may be inadvertently hurting your job search.
  • Address temporary jobs strategically.

Prepare for your job interview

Good planning and preparation is the key to a successful interview; it’s important to maximize the opportunity that has been presented to you. You need to give yourself the best chance of getting a job offer. Your resume has helped you get your foot in the door; and you now need to show why you’re the perfect candidate for the job. Being fully prepared for an interview is paramount to your success.

Here are the main areas you need to work on to be fully prepared for the interview.

  1. Know your resume or CV inside out.
  2. Be punctual.
  3. Research the company.
  4. Show your enthusiasm and passion for the role.
  5. Research the interviewer.
  6. Adjust your style and tone to match the role.
  7. Study the job description and person specification.
  8. Practice articulating answers to challenging interview questions.
  9. Prepare questions to ask.
  10. Review your online reputation.
  11. Keep up-to-date with developments in your industry.
  12. Thank the interviewer.
  13. Know your resume or CV inside out.