How to Land Your Dream Job in 2019

How to Land Your Dream Job in 2019 blog 18Jan

Land your dream job, buy a house, travel the world…

It sounds easy but in reality, achieving those things can be a tough and grueling process.

You envision a life where you are financially secure, where you are free to spend ample time with your family and friends.

But most importantly, you envision a life where you are paid to do what you love.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016 saw full time employees committing to roughly 40 hours of paid work in a single week. That’s over 2,000 hours in a single year.

You could probably think of a hundred other things to spend that amount of time on.

What are you interested in? What do you love doing? What are you passionate about?

If you could spend 2,000 hours doing something you really enjoyed, and get paid for it, would you do it?

Of course you would. It’s really a no brainer.

Discover how you can land your dream job in 2019, and finally attain the happiness you deserve.

 

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?

Landing your dream job can be quite a challenge, especially if you don’t even know what your dream job is.

There is such a vast variety of jobs, it’s good to broaden your horizons and see what is actually out there.

Have you ever heard of an ocularist, or an ethical hacker, or a cosmetologist?

Researching roles might just lead you to the dream job you’ve been looking for.

Check out this list of more than 500 jobs you can be hired for within Australia. It includes detailed descriptions on education, personal requirements and typical tasks.

EDUCATION

Let’s be logical for a second.

A customer service cashier isn’t likely to land a job at CSIRO tomorrow.

However, it is possible for a customer service cashier to land a job at CSIRO in the future.

Education is important, and often vital to your success. If you want to become a scientist, it is necessary to learn about formulae, the periodic table, compounds and atoms.

In most cases, on the job learning is simply not an option and many roles will have prerequisites before you can even be considered.

To become a real estate agent in Victoria for example, you need to undertake a real estate licensing program to gain the necessary qualifications.

With so many courses and education options available, how are you meant to know which is right for you?

Here are 3 simple steps you can take to ensure you’re making the right decisions.

  • Step One – Research your desired role to discover what employers expect from a successful candidate.
  • Step Two – Research courses and institutes and find a program which will give you the necessary qualifications to land your dream job.
  • Step Three – It’s good to have options. Weigh them up against each other, determine your study patterns and make sure your final decision will suit your lifestyle.

Isn’t education expensive?

 

It’s no secret that education can be expensive. That’s why, planning your funding is detrimental to your completion, and overall success.

Be sure to browse websites for any new scholarship opportunities, and even contact institutes directly to see what they can offer.

Also, don’t forget about the amazing opportunities short courses can provide. If the thought of enrolling in a university degree or tafe course gives you the irrits, this could just be your perfect solution.

Learning software navigation, business management, or even logo design and digital marketing are just one of the many options available to you.

Udemy and LinkedIn have emerged as reliable sources for terrific online courses at very low prices. Check them out below.

It’s also worth checking if there are government funded courses for the qualifications you want to attain.

Click these links to browse free courses available in Victoria.

EXPERIENCE

Another crucial factor employers will consider, is your experience.

Employers want to know if a potential employee will work effectively and efficiently.

One way to prove your worth is by gaining relevant experience within your chosen industry.

If you’ve worked in a restaurant for five years, it’s safe to assume you will have cash and food handling experience, plus some basic customer service skills.

Employers want to be able to make those same assumptions when hiring an engineer, a chef, or an architect.

Whatever your dream role might be, start thinking of ways you can obtain some experience your future employer will favour.

Be mindful of any apprenticeships or internships available for your specific profession. Although you’ll be getting paid a lower rate, the accumulated experience will be invaluable, and one day could mean the difference with an employer hiring you over someone else.

Work experience and volunteering are also great ways to get your foot in the door, and start getting your hands dirty… Figuratively speaking of course.

Check out this article on finding work experience and volunteering opportunities in Australia.

EXCEED EXPECTATIONS

While you’re out studying and getting experience, hundreds of other individuals with similar aspirations are doing the same thing.

Competition in the job market is fierce, and you need to stand out if you want to succeed.

Look at what you can do to rise up above the rest. What additional experience and education can you undertake to exceed expectations of potential employers?

For example, community service might be considered a favourable experience for a role as a nurse, and proven cash handling experience might be desired for an accounting role.

It’s important to set yourself apart from every other candidate you’re up against.

If you’ve gained more experience and education than your competitors, you can be sure that the odds are tipping in your favour.

LAND YOUR DREAM JOB

You’re finally ready to begin applying for jobs, but what else can you do to help ensure your success?

Here are a few really good tips to help give you a competitive boost.

  • Network within your chosen industry
  • Make connections within your chosen industry
  • Update your LinkedIn and other relevant social media handles
  • See a careers counsellor
  • Dress to impress

An employer wants to believe a candidate will do well before they make their final decision. By gaining relevant experience and education, you are helping to affirm that belief.

Job hunting is always going to be a competitive playing field. Look at ways you can give yourself an edge and don’t be afraid to think out of the box.

In this day and age, the most committed, the most dedicated, and the most eager candidate will almost certainly land their dream job.

When you love what you do and you live what you love, I doubt you’ll ever feel like you’re at work again.

Happy hunting.

Job Application Tips: 10 Ways to Improve Your Odds Blog

Job Application Tips 10 Ways to Improve Your Odds Blog 9 Jan

Job application tips are highly sought after when on the prowl for your next dream role. Finding the right advice could mean the difference between getting hired and barely scraping the shortlist.

If you’re an individual ready to take on new challenges and expand your horizons in a brand spanking new role, continue reading.

Applying for jobs doesn’t need to be a difficult process. The problem with most job hunters is that they are altering their resume to suit the job descriptions of the roles they apply for.

Recruiters are likely to recognise where the truth has been fabricated quicker than you can say you’re hired. They are alert, and well aware of experiences and skills you will have gained from your previous roles.

The trick is to highlight these experiences, and accentuate why they will help you succeed in your next role. Why should a recruiter or an employer take a chance on you over every other candidate?

Here are ten job application tips to help you do exactly that and more. Show prospective employers you’re the candidate they’ve been looking for, and convince them that they simply cannot pass up the opportunity to hire you.

TIP 1:
Use a content rich resume that is aesthetically pleasing

It’s true that first impressions are lasting, and that your documents will instill critical assumptions that will make or break you.

However, you are not in a competition to see who can create the prettiest resume. You’re in a competition of skill, attainment and knowledge.

It’s best to utilise a simple design where your information is succinctly consumed.

If a recruiter is struggling to read through your documents, chances are they will simply stop and move on to the next candidate.

In short: Content trumps design, but ensure information is easy to digest.

TIP 2:
Include these vital elements on the first page of your resume

The first page of your resume needs to show you off quickly.

Put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes for a second. They are reading through numerous resumes and want to spend as little time as possible on such an arduous task.

Format the first page of your resume similar to an index page, allowing recruiters to gain considerable insight into your experiences. Be sure to showcase a mixture of key responsibilities and achievements which will appeal to recruiters and employers.

Elaborate on specific details in the later pages of your resume. If your index page is charismatic enough, recruiters will be more inclined to continue reading.

In short: Create an index page enticing recruiters to read through your entire resume.

Make sure to check out our article on ‘How to Write a Winning Resume‘. This includes intricate details on format, presentation and success elements.

TIP 3:
Your resume is not a position description

Too often recruiters will come across resumes that simply read as a revised job description. This is extremely dull and boring and rings alarm bells.

Your resume should remain identical when applying for jobs because your experiences and skill set should be relevant every single time.

In short: Your resume is a detailed summary of your skills, achievements and experiences.

TIP 4:
Read the job description carefully

Job application tips don’t get much simpler, yet so many job hunters fail to read the job descriptions time and time again.

It has become increasingly common for job advertisements to include specific details for the application process, or make specific requests on what should be included with your application.

Fail to read through these details and you’ll be eliminated from the candidate pool without a second thought.

In short: Read the description carefully and follow specific instructions.

TIP 5:
Tailor a specific cover letter

Unlike your resume, a cover letter should be tailored to each application.

Be sure to include any requested information, and highlight recent achievements within your current role.

Think about how you went above and beyond the basic requirements of your role. How did your place of work benefit from your endeavours?

You can also personalise your cover letter with the information you have available.

By including relevant names and titles, you are demonstrating your enthusiasm and strengthening your connection with the recruiter.

In short: Write a unique cover letter highlighting your personal attributes.

TIP 6:
Review your social media presence

This one job application tip is probably the most overlooked and forgotten.

Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date. Ensure your Facebook and Twitter accounts don’t reveal too much about your personal life. Alter your privacy settings to prevent any sensitive information from landing on your future boss’ screen.

All it takes is for one savoury post or questionable check in for your future employer to make their final decision.

In short: Update your privacy settings and remove explicit content.

TIP 7:
Advise your referees and gain the necessary permission

It’s all well and good to include previous managers and team leaders, but are they going to  flare for excellence

Inform potential referees of your intentions. Ensure they remember why you were such a great employee and perhaps even inform them of the role/s you’re applying for and any skills that you’d love them to endorse you for.

Triple check their contact details and alert them to the fact that they may be contacted. There’s nothing worse than recruiters contacting references who are ill prepared, or even worse shocked because they had no idea you were on the job market.

In short: Discuss your intentions with your references and ensure they will give a glowing recommendation.

TIP 8:
Proofread your documents

One typo can be forgiven. Two and you might be in trouble. Three typos and your spelling capabilities will almost certainly be questioned.

I don’t even want to get into the assumptions for four.

In short: Proofread your documents, or even better ask someone else to take a look.

TIP 9:
Practise this best submission approach

By calling the hiring manager or recruiter before you apply, you are demonstrating your passion and eagerness for the role.

However, you should not sound desperate, arrogant, or even annoying.

Be mindful of the tone of the person you are speaking to. Are they happy about your call?

In this scenario, it’s important to follow their lead. If all goes well, your application will be expected.

If a recruiter or employer is waiting to see your name in the pool of applicants, you have considerably improved your odds. By asking the right questions, you can also ensure your cover letter perfectly hits the mark.

In short: Call the most relevant individual and have a quick conversation.

TIP 10:
Prepare for the call

Congratulations. You’ve done all the hard work and submitted your carefully curated application. Only to find a frog is caught in your throat the moment you receive that fatal.

It’s important to prepare for this inevitable phone call which could indicate an interview or your immediate success.

Regardless of what the next stage is, you should sound professional and very interested. Try to use names where you can and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

If you are busy or caught off guard, politely take down the recruiters contact details or ask for a call back. This will give you some time to prepare and settle

In short: Expect a phone call and be prepared.

It’s no secret that landing your next role is going to be competitive.

By utilising these 10 job application tips you are giving yourself a competitive boost when it comes to getting noticed.

Learn how to speak highly of yourself without sounding arrogant, and you’ll be well on your way to convincing recruiters of your capabilities.

Happy hunting!

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Firstly, to introduce myself and a bit about my background, I’m Jon Gorgioski and I’m the Founding Director and Principal Consultant at Alpha Resumes. I have over 10 years’ experience as a writer, along with over 10 years’ combined experience working within the corporate and marketing arenas. My passion lies around coaching and personal branding, helping people just like yourself through building bold, powerful, effective suites that achieve results. This is where Alpha Resumes was born . So why should you connect with Alpha Resumes? Let me ask you a couple of questions…

Have you found your dream job and are looking for some help to give you the best shot at successfully becoming the new employee in that role? Or are you looking to make sure your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile are professionally presented, aligned and optimised to best illustrate your unique value proposition?

At Alpha Resumes, we are here to help you with those very tasks. We are an innovative, boutique personal marketing and branding service. Our difference is that we take the time to meet with you personally, get to know you, and really understand you and your unique value proposition. We provide a tailored, personalised service and advice that is second to none. We go deeper, capturing the essence of who you are as a person and as an employee, your unique skill set and experience and ensure it shines through your full personal branding suite.

In today’s competitive market, you need to stand out from the crowd. You need to be different. You need to ensure your resume and personal branding suite is optimised to be selected through the initial, often automated stages of the recruitment process. You need to present your skills and experience in a way that is relevant to your specific industry and will capture the attention of a recruiter.

And why our blog? Our blog is our way of connecting with you, in your time, in your way, whenever you need. Over the coming months we will be providing ideas, hints and tips in this space to help you with your personal branding journey, to help you market yourself in the most positive, effective way and to achieve the results you need, in your time, when it is convenient to you.

So, please check back in regularly, we look forward to joining you on your personal marketing and branding journey.