Here are ten tips to find your dream job.
A resume that works.
Prepare a resume that is company specific; be ready to prepare multiple resumes catering to different companies.
The resume should have all the necessary keywords that a company looks for. Also, ensure your resume is crisp and concise. Companies receive hundreds of resumes and making yours easier to evaluate is important.
Proofread your resume, ask your friends to check for errors. A resume is what you start with and a bad one gives a terrible impression.
A lot of companies give immense importance to referrals. Ask your friends and family, colleagues and other people you worked with to refer you when a job opening comes up.
Call up everyone you know in the industry. This will refresh their memory, as and when an opening comes up, they will remember you.
Remember your alumni group? Chance is that most of them would be working in the same field as yours and hence would be able to help you out.
Stay organised. You do not want to receive a call by a company and not know which one it is. Write down the names of the companies you’ve applied to, the name of the person you spoke with, and the position you applied for.
Make those calls.
Call companies that you would like to work for/those that would require people like you and let them know you’re interested and available. A lot of openings can be found this way. Keep your resume handy in case they require specific details or want you to send it across.
The internet is a great source of information and companies know this. Search on popular sites like timesjobs, naukri, monsterindia, yahoo etc.
Check websites of companies you want to work with. Many a times, they list their requirements and you may find something suitable there.
A job can take long to come, despite your best efforts. Don’t give up. Instead, take up some volunteering work. This will keep you motivated and add to your work experience.
This can also help you build contacts and find other job opportunities. Your work will be appreciated and someone may recommend you.
Send out your resume and research.
Send your resume out to all companies that you may want to work with. Make it company specific and highlight your strengths. Do some research on the company and specifically emphasize those aspects that the company would require.
Read the newspaper and go over magazines. You may find opportunities there.
You will also stay in touch with changes that companies make. This will be useful in later stages.
Consider different types of jobs.
Don’t be very specific. Widen your perspective and apply for jobs in areas of interest and not only those where you may have worked previously. Remember, this is not a search for your dream job. Get work and keep looking, as and when you get a better opportunity, switch over.
Practice acing the interview.
An interview is what eventually gets you a job. That’s where you interact with your employer or a representative and impressing them is crucial to your success. Go over a list of frequently asked questions and their answers and ask a friend to suggest changes to your tone and correct your mistakes. Be confident.
Don’t be afraid to follow up. Companies receive hundreds of resumes and applications and may not go through all of them. A follow up shows you’re interested in the specific company and keeps you on their mind.