7 Employer Tips to Find & Land Your Dream JobPosted: 2nd of April 2015 by
When it comes to finding and landing your dream job, any advantage you can gain over the competition can make all the difference. This is especially true if you are looking to enter a popular field such as the media. Even if you are looking for something less glitzy, you will want to give yourself the best chance of getting to, and past, the interview. Therefore, it certainly makes sense to listen to any advice offered by employers themselves.
While any advice will need to be taken into consideration alongside the job you are applying for, there are some tips that are a little more universal. Here we present seven tips from employers – check them out and use whatever you think will be useful to you:
1. Reach Out
This is especially useful if you are looking for a job with a particular employer, especially in more creative roles. Use any contacts you may have to reach out to someone at a business, or even try sending in a speculative letter. However, if you try this, do your homework first. Look into the company and try to find the name of a relevant person to write to. Even if there are no suitable openings, this will have got their attention and they may well remember you in future.
2. Get On Social Media
If you are not on social media, you need to be. Many employers and recruiters use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn to find candidates and advertise openings. If you are not present you may miss out on opportunities – especially in industries that are social media specific.
3. Fix Your Feeds
If you are already on social media, before you send out any communication to a prospective employer make sure you fix your feeds and pages – whether Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. Employers do check out candidates on social media, so make sure your online presence represents you in a good light. Does that picture of you at a party show that you are outgoing and personable, or will it make an employer think twice about how reliable you might be if you are out partying all the time? It’s better to be safe than sorry.
4. Know Yourself
How can you sell yourself to an employer if you don’t know who you are? This doesn’t mean that you need to create a ‘personal brand’ around yourself, but just that you need to think about yourself a little bit. What do you want to do or be? What are your passions, and what are your strengths and weaknesses? Having this sort of self-awareness will help you when it comes to interview.
Networking can seem like a dirty word, like you are cheating somehow by using your contacts to get ahead. However, it is going on, and so you might as well get in on the act if you can. Recruiters are more likely to look favourably on a candidate who has been recommended to them. It saves them time and energy in looking much further if they are told that the perfect candidate is already out there, and let’s face it, why would someone make their job harder than it has to be?
6. Be Present
When you are at an interview, be present – meaning make sure you pay attention to the employer. This may sound obvious, but make sure you turn off your mobile before you go to interview, and if you forgot, don’t answer it! Just quickly silence it and apologise. Make sure you listen to what is being said, and engage with the interviewer. Ask questions that show your interest in the company and the job, while also showing that you have done your homework about the company and it’s mission (check their website!). Remember, the interview is your chance to shine – make sure you are present!
7. Say Thank-You
Not so much a must-do, as an extra idea that may make the difference. Send a short than-you note after your interview. Keep it short and polite – just enough to remind the interviewer of your name. Alternatively, demonstrate your interest by calling around the time when you are due to hear if you got the job. However, remember to be polite, even if they say you didn’t get through – instead of showing your frustration ask them if they could tell you why not, and advise you for future interviews.
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