So it’s that time of the year again when thousands of confident undergrads become lost graduates. You’ve closed the door on one chapter and the door to an even better chapter is wide open for you. All you have to do is face up to that dreaded job hunt. But don’t worry, it isn’t as scary as it sounds. In fact, landing your dream job is pretty easy with these 7 handy tips.
1. Email, email, email
Can’t see your dream job advertised but know exactly what you would like to do and where? Send an email. Just because the job you want isn’t advertised, doesn’t mean the opportunity isn’t there. Thousands of employers may not even realise they need someone to do your dream role until faced with the opportunity to employ someone new.
Even if they aren’t able to offer you your dream job right at that moment, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing. In fact, they may be able to offer you a slightly different role until they are able to promote you to your dream job or they will keep you in mind for future roles that suit your requirements. Either way, it is a win-win situation.
2. Don’t be scared, be aspirational
Quite often you come across a job that you love the look of, until you get to the end of the job description and it requires you to have some skills that you just don’t have. But don’t let that put you off. The rule of thumb is if you feel you have at least 60% of the skills they are asking for, apply!
With most jobs, the requirements of the role change after 6 months and some of the skills the company thought they needed from an employee might become redundant. Even if they job specifications don’t change, employers are always willing to train the right candidates.
3. Always change your CV
Nine times out of ten, an employer will only consider an application if it has been tailored to their company so always make sure you tweak your CV. Perhaps change your personal profile so it offers explanation as to why you would like to work for that company, or place your experience in order of relevance to the role. You’d be surprised, but such little tweaks can make a huge difference.
4. Make use of contacts
You might not realise it, but you’ve probably already built up a range of contacts that you can use to help you land your dream job. I bet you met a lot of people who work in the industry you want to in your placement year. Why not reach out to them? Some of them might be looking to recruit or could even know people looking for employees just like you.
If you didn’t do a placement year, your lecturers are just as good contacts to have. They have often had long careers in your field before turning to teaching and will know a lot of people in the industry. They might be able to point you in the right direction or recommend you to people they know in the working world.
5. Always write a cover letter
If you have found your dream job, don’t mess up the opportunity. So many people make easily avoidable mistakes at the application stage, the main one being a lack of cover letter. Quite often, job adverts state that they require you to send them a CV with the option of sending a cover letter. But this isn’t really an option. All those candidates who took time to write a cover letter will more often than not be considered first, so make sure you write one!
6. Search for variations
Make sure you find out if your dream job can have various titles. Whilst you might be searching for one job title, your dream role could be advertised under another, so make sure you find out all the possible variations. A quick search on Google should be able to tell you this so there really is no excuse!
7. Start writing about your passion
If you are passionate about your dream job, start writing about it. You could begin a blog dedicated to the area or simply set up a Twitter account dedicated to tweeting about your passion. The benefits it could have is vast. Professionals from the industry may stumble across your work and contact you notifying you about a suitable role they may have. If that doesn’t happen, then having a blog to back up why you are so passionate about your dream job is a great talking point in applications and interviews.