Searching for your dream job?

Do you know how easy it is to start the search for your dream job? Or are you hoping that the recruitment consultant you spoke to will find just what you’re looking for?  If so, prepare for disappointment…

Most recruitment consultants match jobs to people, not the other way around. Most companies receive many calls every week from recruiters with the same questions:  Are you recruiting? Can we help?

If the answer is yes, what happens next is simple: the agency wants to fill the role as quickly as they can with someone that will hopefully fit it.  Say ... you.   It’s often about the fastest route to making a placement.

If you want to pick who to work for and get hired for your dream job, you must walk that extra mile.  But let’s be honest, a mile isn’t very far.

Start by creating your plan.

Update your CV and make sure your social media will help and not hinder you

Make sure your CV is up to date and if you’re a professional, your LinkedIn profile.  If LinkedIn isn’t your thing, WorkGaps offers a great free profile tool you can use as a CV or to show yourself off.  If you don`t use social media, you can check out our tips for creating a social media profile to help you get your dream job here.

Know your skills

Yes, we are talking about your dream job, but some level of realism is important.  Hopefully you have an idea of the types of business that would love someone who has your set of skills. 

Pick where you want to work

An easy way of doing this is to open Google maps, decide the area you’d be prepared to travel to and check out who is there. Create your shortlist of companies using the magic of search.

Find out if anyone on your shortlist is hiring

Often big companies, local government and charities will have their job opportunities listed on their website. This may lead to a contact in their HR department or an online application form.

Research HR/hiring contacts in your desired workplace

Approaching a resourcing manager via email explaining why you’d be a great asset to their business can get a conversation going. Attach your CV and ensure you share your contact details. Even if they say no to start, they may come back in the future.  Hirers will remember the people that approached them directly and you might even get a job that hasn’t been advertised!

Follow up with a call

Always follow up to ensure that your mail/letter was indeed received. We know how easy it is to get distracted, lose something in the junk mail and the person you intended to speak with suddenly has been forgotten about. Remember to prepare for the call. You could even request a meeting if they aren’t too busy.

Meeting your dream job

If you get invited for a meeting, treat this as you would treat any interview. You can read our tips on how to be an interview Jedi.

Remember at this stage, it’s more about them so you should talk about what you can do to make the manager or their business more successful.  Remember that you will save them recruitment fees if they offer you a position directly.

Finding a job you really want might feel like a big challenge, but if you plan your approach and be realistic, you can cut out the middle man and land yourself a sweet new job.

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